Disaster Assistance

Welcome to the 2019 Mid-Atlantic Hurricane Season!

AIA Maryland kicked off the 2019 hurricane season with a bang hosting another great Safety Assessment Program training! Our thanks to Paula Loomis, FAIA for sharing her wisdom and experience with our attendees.

The start of hurricane season is a great time to check your “go bag” to be sure it’s ready. Newly trained folks should set up a go bag. Table 8-1, pages 98 and 99 of your ATC 45 field manual has a list of items you will need. If you already have a go bag, think about refreshing some of the items in the bag. Folks with some field experience have shared a few additional items for this list and we’ll be sharing that in our June newsletter article on disaster assistance.

Your AIA Maryland Disaster Assistance Committee Chair, Bo Green, AIA, and Sandi Worthman, Executive Director, attended the Maryland Emergency Management Association Symposium in Ocean City last week. They connected with many emergency management professionals and local emergency management officials about SAP training and the volunteers AIA Maryland can provide to them.

Lastly, AIA Maryland received a couple calls today from additional folks looking for SAP training before the July 21st deadline set by the AOC. If you know individuals in need of training, please contact Sandi Worthman right away. If we have a group of at least 20 people, we will organize another training as soon as possible.

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MEMA Adopts FEMA Integration Team (FIT) Agreement

As we continue to build our relationships with Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to educate them on our SAP training program and the cadre of architects we have trained to assist in post-disaster efforts, we are excited to learn that MEMA is furthering it’s efforts to collaborate with FEMA to prepare for future emergencies. This Press Release outlines the new FEMA Integration Team (FIT) established to coordinate with MEMA on program implementation, hazard risk reduction and operational planning.

In April, AIA Maryland presented it’s disaster assistance program to the DelMarVa Emergency Task Force (DETF). Last week, AIA Maryland attended a full day meeting at FEMA Region III with Private Sector Partners and, next week we will provide an overview of our disaster assistance efforts during the Region III Recovery Support Function Leadership Group Coordination Call. We will round out May by attending the Maryland Emergency Management Association conference to continue the conversation about our disaster assistance program with Emergency Managers from across Maryland and the region.

If anyone in your firm wishes to take the Safety Assessment Program training on June 1, please share this link with them. Post-Disaster Safety Assessment Program Training

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A little extra training never hurt …

It seems Spring is not only bringing a great deal of pollen, it has brought severe weather. We had an EF-2 tornado in Delaware on April 15th and an EF-1 in Maryland just last Friday.

While we are busy setting up another Safety Assessment Program training for June 1 – the first day of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season – there are plenty of opportunities for you to get a few LUs and increase your disaster readiness.

The AIA offers a Resilience and Adaptation Online Certificate Program. The series offers up to 16.25 HSW LUs. Don’t wait, purchase the entire series now and receive 25% off. REGISTER HERE

Before deploying in post disaster situations, we are finding jurisdictions are also requiring incident training. FEMA offers these two free, online courses which are recommended for responders: FEMA IS-100IS-200. These courses are available for free online at https://training.fema.gov/is/crslist.aspx?all=true.  Don’t forget to self-report your LUs.

If you have a coworker interested in taking the Safety Assessment Program training you’ve already taken, please share the following link for our June 1 training with them.

Keep an eye on the sky and be prepared.



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Disaster Assistance News and Updates

Welcome to the news and updates page for all things disaster related for AIA Maryland!

Stay tuned here for updates as we are knocking on the door of a new hurricane season. This page will also contain news about our disaster related activities and new training opportunities in disaster assistance.

All individuals who took Safety Assessment Program (SAP) training with AIA Maryland have been automatically subscribed to this page so there is no need to subscribe again.


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