Disaster Resource Center
HOW TO HELP
The AIA Resilience Network focuses on topics of disaster assistance, hazard mitigation, climate adaptation and resilience by creating a forum for knowledge sharing, networking, news and events and opportunities for external and internal project participation. AIA Members of all backgrounds and levels of expertise are encouraged to join.
Should Emergency Management officials reach out for volunteer assistance, AIA Florida's General Counsel reminds members of the following:
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 - if you can show that your volunteer work was performed without professional negligence. 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.
RESOURCES & INFORMATION
Visitwww.floridadisaster.org to find information on shelters, road closures, and evacuation routes. For live updates on the latest weather patterns,follow the State Emergency Response Team@FLSERTonTwitter andFacebook. You can also visit FEMA.gov and FEMA.gov/es for Spanish speakers.
- State Assistance Information Line (SAIL)
The State Assistance Information Line (SAIL) is a toll-free hotline activated at the time of an emergency to provide Floridians accurate and up-to-date information regarding an emergency or disaster situation. Call 1-800-342-3557.
- Disaster Assistance Programs
Hurricane evacuees in need of disaster assistance locate help via the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)disaster assistance search or search for a disaster recovery center.
In the event of a disaster, the Governor of Florida has the option to activate the Emergency Bridge Loan Program to provide a source of expedient cash flow to Florida small businesses impacted by a disaster. If the program is activated, this website will contain applications and full instructions for completing and submitting an Emergency Bridge Loan request as well as other disaster recovery resources.
SBA provides low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners, and renters. SBA disaster loans can be used to repair or replace the following items damaged or destroyed in a declared disaster: real estate, personal property, machinery and equipment, and inventory and business assets. Learn more.
The Florida Division of Consumer Services offers free assistance to insurance consumers in the aftermath of hurricanes by via their consumer helpline 1-877-693-5236. You can speak directly with individuals who can help you review your policies to understand your coverage, help you file claims for damage and help if you are having trouble communicating with your insurance company. To verify an insurance agent's or adjuster’s license, visit the Licensee Search page.