DISASTER ASSISTANCE COMMITTEE
The AIABaltimore Disaster Assistance Committee works with Architecture for Humanity to advocate for a more resilient built environment. A network of building design professionals, our committee is dedicated to educating, promoting and implementing programs that help prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters within our design community and the community at large.
The Disaster Assistance Committee hopes to hold a series of talks to take place in early 2014. Check back for details. Also see the AIABaltimore Calendar for other events.
AIA Responds to Oklahoma Tornado Disaster
When a disaster situation happens like the tornadoes that ravaged the city of Moore, Oklahoma, each one of us is not only deeply moved but are reminded of how we, as architects, have great responsibility to design our built environment with more resilience.
Many members across the country ask, "what can we do to help?" As professional first responders and local volunteers assess the situation in Oklahoma, the best way each of us can help is to donate funds to aid the clean up and recovery efforts.
AIA partners at Architecture for Humanity have started collecting donations through a "Rebuilding Moore" campaign.
Click here for a full statement from the president of AIA concerning the Oklahoma Tornado Disaster.
For more information about how architects are responding to the disaster in Oklahoma, visit this article from ARCHITECT Magazine.
As always, our thoughts and prayers are with all of those in Oklahoma.
We Are Looking for Active Volunteers in 2013!
By Martina Dobrosielski, Assoc AIA,
January 7, 2013
We are looking for volunteers to get more involved with the AIABaltimore Disaster Assistance Committee this year. We are in the process of forming several subcommittees which will need a concentration of dedicated volunteers:
- Help the committee chair contact other professional institutions and government agencies to form partnership opportunities
- Maintain a contact list with committee members and other important contacts
- Establish a phone tree of important contacts that can be activated in the event of an emergency
- Create flyers and graphics to help publicize events
Programs and Workshops
- Help the committee chair organize workshop and program details
- Help schedule events between AIA and other necessary people (speakers, participants, etc.)
- Organize getting necessary things for various programs (speaker accommodations, tables, chairs, food, etc.)
- Serve as a scribe at all events and meetings, recording minutes and other notes as necessary
- Take photographs at events
- Help write up reports, update the website, and the Open Architecture Network site
- Compile resources and maintain a "library" of information that can be accessed and distributed to the masses (upload them to the website or other sources and advertise it)
- Help make creative presentations to educate architects and communities about Disaster Assistance issues (PowerPoint Presentations, Youtube videos, etc.)
- Help deliver presentations at local events
If any of these areas interest you, and you would like to lead a subcommittee or just help out, please contact Martina Dobrosielski Reilly at firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
Nationwide Earthquake Preparedness Drill
On October 18, twelve states and the District of Columbia will be the sites of a coordinated earthquake preparedness drill and AIA National, along with Architecture for Humanity, are encouraging architects to get involved.
By visiting www.shakeout.org anyone can commit to participating in their own small way by conducting an earthquake drill in their office, creating or revising emergency plans, or simply taking a moment to recognize the seismic hazards in your immediate area.
This exercise is more than an occasion to prepare your home and office; it can also be an opportunity to connect with other architects or community groups. Local AIA Components and Architecture for Humanity chapters around the country can team up with Girl and Boy Scout troops, after school STEM programs, or other youth groups to discuss the architecture of earthquake resistance in a fun and engaging environment. The drill can even be an opportunity to host a brown-bag continuing education session and networking opportunity over lunch.
If any firms are interested in participating in organizing an event, please contact us as soon as possible. We will be holding a meeting soon to determine what we can do in the Baltimore area to best participate in this upcoming event.
For more information, please contact Martina Dobrosielski at email@example.com
SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH
Take a Moment to Review Your Preparedness Plans
Friday, SEPTEMBER 21
This time of year we recognize National Preparedness Month. Whether you have an emergency plan at home or at the office, it is important to review what that plan is with your staff and family members. Take some time in the coming weeks to think about how you can better prepare for various hazards and disasters from the flu, to power outages, to blizards, to hurricanes.
Check out this fun video for an overview of how you can be more prepared: Let's Get Ready!
FEMA BROCHURES IN STOCK AND AVAILABLE BY REQUEST
Free Information Available for Architects and their Businesses
Friday, AUGUST 3
Our committee has ordered several disaster preparedness brochures and posters from FEMA that are available for distribution to any architects and architectural firms in the Maryland area that may be interested. If you would like to request a copy of the brochures for your business, please contact Martina Dobrosielski at firstname.lastname@example.org. PDFs of these brochures are also available for free download on the FEMA website at:
BALTIMORE AWARDED 2012 DISASTER RESPONSE PLAN GRANT
AIA Baltimore and AFH Baltimore Receive Grant to Aid in Formation of the Disaster Assistance Committee
Monday, JULY 2
In late June, it was announced on architectsrebuild.org that Baltimore was one of several national chapters to be awarded the 2012 Disaster Response Plan Grant from AIA and Architecture for Humanity Headquarters. The Baltimore Chapters of AIA and Architecture for Humanity applied for the grant earlier in June to receive money to help fund training for Maryland architects in Disaster Assistance and Response. It is anticipated that the training will be organized in the early fall and be targeted towards registered architects in Maryland who wish to learn more about disaster response. The training will be modeled after the California Safety Assessment Program (SAP) and will allow registered members who complete the program to be a certified SAP Evaluator in addition to CEU credits. More information to come!
For more information about the grant award, please visit the Architecture for Humanity website:
DISASTER ASSISTANCE COORDINATION NETWORK INFORMATION SESSION A SUCCESS!
Friday, JUNE 1
The Maryland Disaster Assistance Coordination Network Informational Session, held on May 31st, was a great success. In addition to architects and designers from the Baltimore chapters of AIA and Architecture for Humanity, members from the Baltimore City Office of Emergency Management were also in attendence. Cooper Martin, the Community Resilience Manager at AIA Headquarters presented a powerpoint explaining the goals of the Disaster Assistance Coordination Network. A pdf copy of this presentation is available in our "Links and Resources" section. A big thanks to everyone who attended the program!
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LINKS AND RESOURCES
AIA Handbook for Disaster Assistance
The AIA Disaster Assistance Program Powerpoint
Good Samaritan Excerpt for the State of Maryland
Hazards in Baltimore
National Interagency Fire Center
Baltimore City Health Department
Baltimore Office of Emergency Management (OEM)
Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
JHAZ Article on Green and Hazard Resistance
High Performance Design Project Report from DHS
Fortified Safer Living Standards
Fortified Training for Building Professionals
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DP3 Town Hall Meeting
Tuesday July 30
6:00 pm - 8:00pm
War Memorial Building
100 N. Gay Street, First Floor
The City of Baltimore is hosting a town hall event on Tuesday, July 30th from 6:00pm-8:00pm at the War Memorial Building in downtown Baltimore. This meeting will provide members of the public with an opportunity to provide feedback on the draft list of goals, strategies and actions drafted by the Disaster Preparedness and Planning Project (DP3) Advisory Committee. There will also be presentations about the DP3 project, modeling of predicted worst case scenarios, and how to prepare for disaster events.
Presentations include: The Disaster Preparedness and Planning Project at 6:30pm, FEMA Worst Case Scenario Mapping at 6:45pm, and Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management at 7:15pm
Baltimore’s Disaster Preparedness and Planning Project (DP3) was created by the Department of Planning as an effort to address existing hazards while simultaneously preparing for predicted hazards due to climate change. This project develops a plan and implementation guidelines that integrate hazards mitigation planning, floodplain mapping, and climate adaptation planning.
A full draft list of DP3 goals, strategies and actions can be found at:
Please notify the Committee Chairperson, Martina Reilly, if you plan on attending.
DP3: Baltimore's Disaster Preparedness Plan Follow-Up Discussion
Monday June 10
AIABaltimore Chapter House Gallery
11 ½ W. Chase Street, 21201
Baltimore City has recently held presentations to AIABaltimore members and a public open house on Natural Hazards impacting Baltimore.
The City has developed a web site which includes information shared at these events plus additional information about the City’s floodmap updates and Disaster Preparedness and Planning Project (DP3): http://baltimorehazards.wordpress.com/
This site is also intended to establish a dialogue with residents regarding proposed regulations, climate change, and the DP3 recommendations.
Please notify the Committee Chairperson, Martina Reilly, if you plan on attending.
DP3: Baltimore's Disaster Preparedness Plan
Monday, April 15
AIABaltimore Chapter House Gallery (11 1/2 W. Chase Street, 21201, lower level)
Join us to hear the latest about the city's new Disaster Preparedness and Planning Project (DP3). Kristin Baja, the Hazard Mitigation Planner from the Office of Sustainability at the Baltimore City Department of Planning, will share details about the plan being formulated by the city. It is the first time that the All Hazards Mitigation Plan (AHMP) will also include the Climate Adaptation Plan in one document.
The presentation will provide an overview of the DP3 initiative and give AIA members a chance to discuss and comment on aspects of the plan. For more information, please contact Martina Dobrosielski Reilly, Chair, Disaster Assistance Committee (email@example.com).
Disaster Assistance Committee Meeting
Tuesday, May 14
Location: AIA Gallery 11 1/2 West Chase Street
At this meeting, we plan to discuss the long term and short term goals of the committee as well as develop a formal mission statement. Subcommittee members will also be selected. Below is a tentative agenda for the meeting:
- What do we need to do? Discuss the main goals for disaster assistance: prepare, respond, recover.
- How can we do it? How are ways that we, as architects, can address these aspects?
- Establish a Mission Statement
- When will we do it? Discuss possible goals for the committee (long term and short term).
- Who will do it? Discuss the selection of a Local AIA Disaster Assistance Network Coordinator and other leadership. Establish subcommittees: Outreach, Programs and Workshops, Journalist, Education, Other?
Disaster Assistance SAP Training (SOLD OUT**)
Saturday, February 23
Location: RTKL Offices, 901 S Bond St, Baltimore, MD 21231
6 AIA/CLU credits
Go to the Event Page
Required Materials: Download and Print Safety Assessment Program Evaluator Student Manual PDF (15 MB)
On Saturday, February 23, the AIA Disaster Assistance Committee, in partnership with the Baltimore Chapter of Architecture for Humanity, is holding a Building Evaluator Training for Maryland architects.
Intended for licensed architects, engineers, or building code officials, this course will certify attendees as Building Evaluators in the California Safety Assessment Program (SAP). The program is managed by Cal EMA with cooperation from professional organizations, including the AIA. It utilizes volunteers and mutual aid resources to provide professional engineers and architects and certified building inspectors to assist local governments in safety evaluation of their built environment in an aftermath of a disaster. SAP is known as the preferred training standard of the AIA Disaster Assistance Program, which provides leadership, advocacy, and training to architects who are interested in volunteering their professional skills in times of crisis. This workshop will teach participants to conduct rapid damage assessments of structures affected by earthquakes, wind, and water. It also teaches the appropriate protocol for coordinating with emergency managers to limit professional liability. Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to consistently and safely assess structures for habitability and will receive a Building Evaluator license from the state of California.
At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:
- Recognize the important role the AIA, its member architects and associated building professionals play in disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.
- Accurately conduct a post-disaster rapid building assessment and complete appropriate damage assessment forms.
- Demonstrate understanding of the Applied Technology Council’s ATC-20 and ATC-45 damage assessment training.
- Earn accreditation as a Building Evaluator in the California Safety Assessment Program
While only licensed professionals can earn the accreditation as a Building Evaluator through this program, we encourage non-licensed individuals to still participate if they have a strong interest in this field. Just like an unregistered architect cannot sign off on a drawing, a non-licensed professional cannot sign off on a post-disaster report, however they can aid others in the process.
The course cost per attendee for advanced registration is $30 for AIA Members, $55 for non-AIA Members and includes course materials. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Contact Martina Dobrosielski Reilly at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
**Note: The session is now full. Walk-ins will not be permitted. If you are still interested and would like to simply audit the course (and not get certification, materials, or food), you are welcome to sit in on the workshop. More opportunities to get involved with the committee will be made available in the future. If you would like to be kept on an email list about future programs, please let us know.
MEMA WORKSHOP: AN ARCHITECT'S ROLE IN DISASTER RESPONSE
Thursday, October 25
5401 Rue St. Lo Drive
Reisterstown, MD 21136
On Thursday, October 25, the AIA Disaster Assistance Committee, in partnership with the Baltimore Chapter of Architecture for Humanity, is hosting an evening workshop with MEMA, the Maryland Emergency Management Agency. This workshop will inform participants about how an architect can help with disaster assistance on a state level. It will be held at the MEMA Headquarters in Reisterstown and include a tour of the facility. The workshop will start at 6pm and end around 8pm. For directions, please visit the MEMA website: http://mema.maryland.gov/Pages/directions.aspx
This workshop is free to all who would like to attend. Light refreshments will be served.
RESILIENT BUILDINGS WORKSHOP
Baltimore and DC Chapters to Attend Workshop in Nation's Capital
OCTOBER 18, 2012
Coming up in October, there will be a FREE interactive workshop that will focus on resilience and its role in high performance building enclosures. It will be held at the National Building Museum in Washington DC from 8:30am-4:00pm. Both the DC and Baltimore Chapters of AIA and Architecture for Humanity will be attending; it will be a great oppotunity for the Disaster Assistance groups from both regions to meet and network. Lunch is provided through the program.
Goals of the program:
- Provide a solid understanding of resilience and how it aligns with sustainable design goals;
- Demonstrate the DHS/NIBS tools and programs to identify and incorporate resilience criteria for projects;
- Discuss how to achieve resilient and sustainable design for all types of projects;
- Show how resilience goals are used to select resilient materials/systems for projects;
- Showcase high-performance materials and their benefits; and
- Collect feedback and engage attendees to gain their insights and improve available tools.
If interested, please pre-register online at www.sustainableconcrete.org
by September 25, 2012. For more information (including transportation options), please contact Martina Dobrosielski at email@example.com.
SALVATION ARMY SEEKS STORM RECOVERY VOLUNTEERS
Help Prepare and Distribute Food to Families in Need After Storm
Monday, JULY 2
After a weekend of hurricane-strength storms, much of the Baltimore metro area has been left without power in the heat of the summer. The Salvation Army "canteen" (a van that distributes food and other supplies to critical areas) has been mobilized to help address the needs of families who are struggling at this time. Over the next few days, the Salvation Army is desperately seeking volunteers to help with the recovery efforts. Volunteers will meet at the Salvation Army warehouse in Hampden throughout the week (at least until Friday, July 6). Volunteer shifts are from 9am-1pm and 1pm-4pm. If you are interested, please contact Peggy Vick at the Salvation Army at 443.677.6468 to sign up for a volunteer shift.
MARYLAND DISASTER ASSISTANCE COORDINATION NETWORK
Thursday, MAY 31
A major natural disaster occurs approximately 10 times a year, with minor disasters happening as often as once a week. These can include floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, ice storms, hurricanes, and much more. Architects can play an important role in preparing for and responding to disasters that affect the built environment. We often see architects involved in recovery efforts in response to disasters such as hurricane Katrina or the earthquakes in Haiti. But what can architects do before disaster strikes? How can we prepare ourselves and our communities through the power of design?
In 2006, the AIA Disaster Assistance Comprehensive Response System (CRS) was organized by AIA National to help communities and members prepare for disasters before they happen. Across the United States, local AIA chapters have formed a network within this system to address issues in their cities.
In partnership with the Baltimore Chapter of Architecture for Humanity, AIABaltimore is looking to establish a Disaster Assistance Coordination Network for the state of Maryland. To date, Maryland remains the only state on the east coast (other than Delaware and Maine) that does not yet have an AIA Disaster Assistance presence and, together with Architecture for Humanity, AIABaltimore plans to change that. In order to do so, we need your help!
We need registered (and unregistered) architects and designers to volunteer to be a part of the initiative to create this Disaster Assistance Coordination Network in Maryland. Join us for an informal informational session to discuss the development of this program.
For more information, please contact Martina Dobrosielski, Assoc. AIA, co-founder and Chapter Coordinator of Baltimore’s Architecture for Humanity organization at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Martina Dobrosielski, Assoc. AIA
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