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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.