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Hurricane Harvey Recovery Updates from AIA’s Disaster Assistance Program

August 31, 2017

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey’s destruction in the Houston metropolitan area and Texas coast, AIA’s Disaster Assistance Program is providing bi-daily updates on response and recovery efforts, hoping to mobilize people, resources, and finances for the area. See below for more.

Texas-registered architects: Have you been trained in the AIA or CAL-OES Safety Assessment Program? If so, please contact harvey@texasarchitects.org. For Texas and Louisiana members, AIA’s Safety Assessment Training will be provided in Austin on Friday, September 1 and Saturday, September 2, for members who will be volunteering to perform building safety assessments. For more information contact resilience@aia.org. 

For AIA members unaffected by the storm, if you have office equipment, furniture, office supplies, etc., to share with your fellow design professionals in the areas impacted by Harvey, the Texas Society of Architects is organizing shipments at an appropriate time. Please contact harvey@texasarchitects.org.

All Hands is an organization that deconstructs damaged buildings, removes debris, and rebuilds post-disaster and could use volunteers.

Airbnb is waiving fees for those who host evacuees.

AIA recommends financial donations be made to The American Red Cross, which is responding to immediate needs, Habitat for Humanity, which is assessing shelter and housing needs caused by the storm, Coalition for the Homeless, which is coordinating shelters and housing for the homeless, and Global Giving, which has created a fund to support the recovery of local non-profits.

AIA encourages people to check back in to see what additional help is needed once flood waters recede.

Additionally, The Simple Dollar has created a guide to help people donate safely and effectively and avoid charity scams.

Image courtesy of the Huffington Post.

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