Visit our Hurricane Harvey Relief Resources page for all of the latest information and updates about recovery efforts: https://texasarchitects.org/wordpress/hurricane_harvey-2/
Please review this link (https://www.aia.org/resources/9271-the-safety-assessment-program-sap) to access a full description of the training and a link to the description of requirements, certification you will receive, etc. Please review this document now so that you are clear on the requirements prior to training.
Training at Texas Society of Architects will take place this Friday, September 1, 2017 from 9am – 4pm. [This session is full. If you wish to participate this weekend, send your request to email@example.com. We will determine if a Saturday session is possible.]
Training will be held at TxA headquarters located at 500 Chicon in Austin, Texas. Lunch will be provided. Parking is available in the lot and on the south side of the building and on 5th Street.
We hope to have a schedule of the first wave of deployments at the training on Friday or Saturday. As you might imagine, the southern coastal areas (Corpus Christi, Rockport, Port Aransas, etc.) are in need of support now. Houston will not be prepared to receive this type of assistance until perhaps next week. However, you will not be deployed immediately from training.
We need for you to confirm your intention to attend training ASAP so that we may make adequate arrangements. We are grateful for your efforts.
Many of you have called or emailed asking how members of the Texas Society of Architects/AIA can be of service in the areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
Our staff is currently working with FEMA and appropriate local and state officials to implement relief efforts. If you are interested in making yourself available for such efforts, please help by answering these questions (email responses to: firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you are a registered architect in Texas,
- Have you had emergency training such as CAL-OES, or AIA Preparedness? If so, how recently?
- Are you FEMA certified? If so, how recently?
- If the answer is yes to the questions above, are you available to deploy to the impacted areas when needed? If so, do you have housing contacts of your own?
- If you have not received FEMA Disaster training or the AIA Preparedness training, would you be willing to undertake training by the end of this week here in Austin?
Again, please forward your responses to email@example.com as soon as possible.
In the meantime, we have some space available here in the building at 500 Chicon in Austin if your office has been affected by the disasters if you’ve been affected by water, or are without electricity or wireless access.
For those members unaffected, if you have office equipment, furniture, office supplies, etc., to share with your fellow design professionals in the areas impacted by Harvey, we are happy to assist in organizing shipments at an appropriate time. Again, please respond by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will post more information as soon as we know it – watch our Facebook and website for updates.
Stay strong, Texas! If it helps, many of us RAs at the NYC DoB have had Continuity of Operations Program in a Full Scale Emergency Response Exercise, after Sandy. It was developed for rapid building assessment. I work in the Forensic Engineering Unit and we are ready to help if you need us!
Thank you! We are overwhelmed with the response we’ve had from around the country!
Please watch our website, the AIA site (aia.org), or the local chapter websites for AIA Houston and AIA Corpus Christi for information as it is developed about how to be of assistance
The architects from the Jersey Shore Chapter of the AIA are with you Texas. If there is anything we can do to assist you, let us know. We know what you are going through. Hope your state can learn from the mistakes made in the Sandy Recovery. Don’t believe the press. The amount of funds that went to oversight and bureaucracy was shameful. So many are still struggling. Architects need to lead the recovery, not giant CM firms who don’t know what their doing. Praying for you all.