Disaster Assistance Bootcamp

This week, representatives from 46 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Bahamas met at AIA headquarters to learn new strategies for engaging members and partners in their disaster programs, hear lessons learned from recent disasters, and share their own successes and challenges. Led by AIA’s Disaster Assistance Committee, Sandi Worthman and others presented engaging sessions leaving attendees ready to apply new knowledge and skills to make their components, firms and communities more resilient and better prepared for disaster.

Last spring, AIA Maryland formed a Disaster Assistance Committee. To date, we have hosted four Safety Assessment Program trainings where licensed architects and engineers were trained to perform rapid building assessments in post-disaster situations.

In addition to hosting trainings, Executive Director, Sandi Worthman and Disaster Assistance Committee Chair, Bo Green, AIA, are working with local, regional and state emergency management officials to facilitate the deployment of architects should the need arise. You can learn more about what AIA Maryland is doing here.

The AIA Disaster Assistance Program equips architects with the knowledge and skills to mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from a disaster. In service of this mission, the inaugural 2019 AIA Disaster Assistance Bootcamp was designed to build the knowledge and skills of State Disaster Coordinators and Component Staff leading their AIA State Disaster Assistance Programs.