Contact: John Schneidawind
For immediate release
Washington, D.C. – May 21, 2013 – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) today issued the following statement on the damage wrought by the massive tornado that struck near Oklahoma City late Monday. Please attribute to AIA President Mickey Jacob, FAIA:
“On behalf of the AIA, and the AIA’s national Disaster Assistance Committee, I want to extend our concern, thoughts and prayers to people affected by the devastating storm in Moore, Oklahoma, a suburb of Oklahoma City.
“As experienced disaster responders, the AIA has already reached out to our affected AIA components to offer any support we can as our members assist clients and communities in evaluating the damage and moving forward with recovery.
“Our experts passionately advocate for and educate 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. And our AIA Oklahoma component has more than 20 trained evaluators from a session we ran last October.
“For the moment, though, it is time for search and rescue. And we hope and pray those efforts are successful.”
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