Updated AIA Disaster Assistance Handbook released with significant enhancements

Updates provide guidance on how design and construction pros and emergency managers can work together to prepare for and respond to disasters.

April 05, 2017 |

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The American Institute of Architects (AIA) released a significantly enhanced version of its Disaster Assistance Handbook for architects, built environment professionals, municipal government officials, and emergency managers involved in disaster mitigation, preparation, response, and recovery.

The revised document provides a step-by-step guide for maximizing architects’ unique skills in addressing each phase of the disaster cycle. The Handbook was developed by a team of AIA members and staff experienced in disaster response and preparedness, with contributions and review from industry experts and government officials.

Key features of the Third Edition of the Handbook include:

  • A new chapter on hazard mitigation and risk reduction
  • Detailed explanations of recent changes and advances in emergency management protocols
  • Case studies, best practices, and replicable projects from AIA chapters and members

“The new Handbook shows architects how they can work with local governments to prepare for and respond to disasters, and how they can help enhance community resilience through individual client projects and participation in broader planning efforts,” said AIA Chief Executive Officer Robert Ivy, FAIA.

Learn more about the AIA Disaster Assistance Handbook and programs here.

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