American Institute of Architects Issues Statement of Support for Storm-Ravaged Southern, Central States
Offers Support Through AIA’s Disaster Assistance Task Force
For immediate release
Washington, D.C. – April 29, 2011 – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) today issued the following statement on the storm disaster in the southern and central United States, to be attributed to Clark Manus, FAIA, 2011 President of the AIA:
“On behalf of the AIA, and the AIA’s national Disaster Assistance Task Force, I want to extend our concern, thoughts and prayers to people affected by the devastating storms in Alabama and throughout the South and Central U.S.
“As experienced disaster responders, the AIA is reaching out to our affected AIA component chapters to offer any support we can as our members assist clients and communities in evaluating the damage and moving forward with recovery. Our experienced task force passionately advocates for and educates other architects to evaluate damage to structures affected by such natural events, so that we may keep people safely away from further harm and return them to their homes as quickly as possible. More than 1,000 AIA members have received specific training to perform this work.
“Some states affected by this disaster have Good Samaritan laws in place that are designed to help limit architects’ potential liability if they volunteer their services in such circumstances, so long as they comply with the statutes’ specific requirements. The AIA is continually advocating for passage of such legislation on the state level so that architects can employ their services quickly and without hesitation whenever such natural disasters take place.”
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