AIA Disaster Assistance
Reproduced from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) National has resources and guidelines available to help you prepare for, and recover from, natural disasters.
Basic Tips Before a Natural Disaster
- - Know where to go. If you are ordered to evacuate, know the local hurricane evacuation route(s) and have a plan for where you can stay.
- - Assemble a disaster supply kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, and copies of your critical information.
- - Plan for adequate supplies in case you lose power and water for several days.
- - Be sure to charge your devices.
- - Find out what alerts are available in your area by searching the Internet with your town, city, or county name and the word “alerts."
After a Hurricane
- - Listen to local officials for updates and instructions and return home only when authorities indicate it is safe.
- - Check-in with family and friends by texting or using social media.
- - Watch out for debris and downed power lines.
- - Avoid walking or driving through flood waters.
- - Photograph the damage to your property to assist in filing an insurance claim.
- - Take precautions to prevent further damage to your property, (e.g., putting a tarp on a damaged roof), as insurance may not cover additional damage that occurs after the storm.
- - Refer to the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Ready.gov/hurricanes for comprehensive information.
Disaster Assistance Handbook
Architects are adept and skilled in anticipating the impacts of disruptions in the built environment. For more information after a disaster we encourage you to contact your local architecture firm, OBMI. You can also read more about architects' response to disaster by reading the AIA National's Disaster Assistance Handbook. READ MORE