Post-Ida Response


DISPATCH 2
7 September 2021

In the nine days since Hurricane Ida ripped through southeast Louisiana, much of New Orleans’ critical infrastructure has come back online, and we can begin the rebuilding process for the hardest hit areas of the region.

Our colleagues from other AIA chapters and AIA Louisiana have reached out to see what they can to do help our membership who have been affected by the storm in both the immediate and longer-term time frames. 

To this end, AIA New Orleans is re-upping our call for members to chime in on the Post-Idea Membership Questionnaire, which will help us gauge the needs and appropriate responses for the city’s architectural and allied craft communities. 

So if you can, please fill out the 8-question form at this link to help us determine your firm’s SAP status and what projects have sustained storm damage from Ida. We realize that it can be challenging as many of us are displaced and working to return home, but more information will help us develop a solid post-storm strategy for the months ahead.

best,

AIA New Orleans

SAP INFORMATION

We will be important part of this recovery. AIA Louisiana has reached out to the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) and has been told that recovery efforts are underway and damage assessment/SAP deployment will occur after the first round (search and recovery operations) is complete. 

If you are SAP Certified (licensed engineer or architect, certified building official AND completed SAP Training), you can contact the AIA LA office via email (https://aiala.com/contact/) to make sure your contact information is up to date (email and cell phone number). They will send out related communications as the time arises.

QUICK MEMBER SURVEY

The AIA New Orleans is working with AIA Louisiana to take immediate post-storm stock of our members post-storm needs.

It shouldn’t take more than a minute or so to respond, either by responding to this email or clicking on this google doc link (https://forms.gle/DmqJa4w4PV9yyNnY6). The information will assist both the state and local AIA chapters in connecting qualified members with recovery opportunities requiring SAP inspections.

  1. Your Name:
  2. Firm Name:
  3. Damage status (home): 
  4. Damage status (business): 
  5. SAP Certified? (yes/no)
  6. Damage to existing projects?
  7. If yes: rebuilding necessary?
  8. Additional Comments/Needs: 

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DISPATCH 1
31 August 2021

As a region, we’re now on the other side of Hurricane Ida, but not its devastation. With our power grid compromised and rescues underway, we’re now into the immediate aftermath with many difficult days ahead.

After Southeast Louisiana and the Gulf Coast weathered the fury of Hurricane Ida, the AIA New Orleans is trying to assess the storm’s effects on our members, their practices, and our partners and affiliates. 

An event of this magnitude is bound to affect our relationship to the built environment and deeply influence our members work going forward. With the recovery and rebuilding processes just getting started, AIA New Orleans would like to cover this unfolding period and support our members in their work during what’s sure to be a challenging and sadly not unprecedented period of uncertainty.

SAP INFORMATION
We will be important part of this recovery. AIA Louisiana has reached out to the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) and has been told that recovery efforts are underway and damage assessment/SAP deployment will occur after the first round (search and recovery operations) is complete. 

If you are SAP Certified (licensed engineer or architect, certified building official AND completed SAP Training), you can contact the AIA LA office via email (https://aiala.com/contact/) to make sure your contact information is up to date (email and cell phone number). They will send out related communications as the time arises.

QUICK MEMBER SURVEY
The AIA New Orleans is working to take immediate post-storm stock of our members with an 8-question survey that will help us determine important aspects for gauging recovery response.

It shouldn’t take more than a minute or so to respond, either by responding via email (aiacalendar or clicking on this google doc link (https://forms.gle/DmqJa4w4PV9yyNnY6). The information will assist both the state and local AIA chapters in connecting our member with recovery opportunities requiring SAP inspections. 

  1. Your Name:
  2. Firm Name:
  3. Damage status (home): 
  4. Damage status (business): 
  5. SAP Certified? (yes/no)
  6. Damage to existing projects?
  7. If yes: rebuilding necessary?
  8. Additional Comments/Needs: 

We will also be working on other medium-to-long term projects and responses to the storm and its aftermath.

In the meantime, I hope that you and yours are negotiating the post-Ida life with as much comfort and sanity as possible.

All the best to you,