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Hurricane Michael Updates


Click the image above to see pictures of the supply dropoff.­

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Alabama-based architect­Robert Bruner, AIA, delivered a truckload of supplies to AIA Florida headquarters in Tallahassee on­ Saturday, November 3. These donations were all provided through a supply drive at Bruner's firm,­CCR Architecture & Interiors, in Birmingham, Alabama. AIA Florida extends a huge thank you to Rob and CCR Architecture & Interiors! To see pictures of the dropoff, click here

Robert Bruner, AIA and volunteers spent their Saturday morning unloading supplies donated by CCR Architects in Birmingham, Ala

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Members of AIA Florida are providing support for those affected by Hurricane Michael. In the days following the storm’s landfall, 2018 AIA Florida President Kim Headland, AIA, issued a bulletin communicating ways in which members can help in the relief effort. Since Headland’s message, AIA Florida headquarters has been the repository of supplies and monetary donations from chapters across the state.

Want to help? The road to recovery will be a long one, and supplies are still very much needed in the hardest hit areas. Below are a few to ways to help:

  • Fill a truck campagain: Local chapters are continuously encouraged to “fill a truck” and drive to Tallahassee to deliver the donated supplies.
  • Mail donations: Send relief supplies directly to AIA Florida Headquarters at 104 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32301. These can be supplies donated directly by volunteers or purchased and shipped from online retailers such as Amazon.
  • Monetary donations:­­ Donated­funds will be used for leadership from impacted components to purchase supplies most needed at the current time, as these needs change daily.To make a monetary donation, click here or mail donations to AIA Florida Headquarters at 104 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32301.

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Additional Hurricane Information­


To Apply for Physical and Economic Injury Loans­

Businesses must first register with the­Federal Emergency Management Agency­(FEMA) at­­­­ www.disasterassistance.gov, or by mobile device at ­m.fema.gov­­­ or call the toll-free helpline at 800-621-3362. Upon registration with FEMA, businesses may apply for a disaster loan a number of ways:

  • Submit an online application at ­https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela

  • Download an application from­­­ ­www.sba.gov/disaster­ and submit to a SBA disaster recovery center or mail to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155;

  • Visit a SBA recovery center for one-on-one assistance; or

  • Visit their local­­­­ Florida SBDC­­ for assistance.

Applications will be accepted through December 7, 2018, contingent on availability of funds.

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For a complete list of eligible counties, information on state assistance available through the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program, and how the Florida SBDC can help, please ­ click here.­ ­

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SAP Volunteers


AIA National has resources and guidelines available to help you prepare. ­You can find this information in the AIA Handbook for Disaster Assistance Programs ­HERE.

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We are also compiling data and confirming volunteers from those who have participated in the Safety Assessment Program, or SAP, training in the last several years.­Should Emergency Management officials reach out for volunteer ­assistance, AIA Florida SAP trained architects stand ready to volunteer their help. ­AIA Florida's General Counsel reminds members of the following:

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This is to advise you that while some states do have laws that protect volunteers from a legal action arising out of the contribution of their professional services, Florida does not.­ There is a Florida law stating that, as a volunteering professional, you are immune from liability—as long as you can show that your volunteer work was performed without professional negligence.­ In essence, this statute subjects you to the same standard you are subjected to in your everyday practice. ­So, if you provide volunteer architectural services, even in a time of need, you still may be sued and may be liable unless you can prove that your services were provided with the same degree of skill as a reasonable licensed architect.

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