Hurricane Harvey building evaluators needed in Texas

From: Minnery, Rachel [] Sent: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 8:19 PM Subject: Volunteer in Texas?

Thank you for your generous offer to be of assistance to our friends in Texas.  The Texas Society of Architects (TxA) is mobilizing a roster of out-of-state volunteers who meet the following requirements:

certified by Cal-OES as SAP Building Evaluators;

  • prior experience assessing buildings post-disaster for wind and/or flood damage under the direction of a jurisdiction;
  • have your own ATC-45 field manual, Cal-OES ID card, safety equipment, supplies, water and snacks;
  • able to provide your own travel to and from assigned disaster area; and,
  • able to volunteer for minimum of two (2) consecutive days, though more than two (2) is much preferred and will be considered a priority.

To assist you while volunteering, provided by TxA:

  1. Coordination of modest housing with local emergency office (may be an AIA member host, or motel somewhat further from disaster area);
  2. Coordination of local transportation to/from damage areas to limit the number of vehicles and facilitate team assignments (please indicate if you will have your own vehicle); and record-keeping and reporting of all volunteer hours.

We realize this is a big ask, and we greatly appreciate your consideration.  If you or someone you know is qualified and interested in volunteering, please contact for more information and next steps.

Rachel Minnery, FAIA LEEDap Sr. Director, Sustainable Development Policy

The American Institute of Architects 1735 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20006

T (202) 626 7329 M (202) 480 5748

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