Architecture Experts Available to Offer Guidance on Disaster and Storm Preparedness
WASHINGTON, May 19 /PRNewswire/ -- With storm season looming, many Americans are focusing on their safety and on the dependability of their homes in the event of a hurricane. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) can provide experts -- at AIA headquarters in Washington, DC and in storm-prone areas around the Gulf Coast -- to speak on disaster preparedness topics including: * home preparation for storms/hurricanes * characteristics of homes that withstand natural disasters * building a new home in storm-prone regions * building codes or building preparation advice for storm-prone regions * advice for city planners for storm-prone regions Available to speak with the media are: WASHINGTON, DC: David Downey -- Managing director of AIA Center for Communities by Design * Oversees the AIA Disaster Assistance Program which provides resources and support to architects helping communities recover from a disaster * Participated in a multidisciplinary Sri Lanka aid team after the tsunami disaster * Has shared his expertise on disaster preparedness and mitigation in various media outlets, including CNN's "American Morning," The New York Times and New Orleans Times-Picayune SOUTH FLORIDA: Mike Rodriguez -- President of Rodriguez Architects, Inc. and lifelong resident of South Florida * Has been active in disaster mitigation and response efforts since 1992 when Hurricane Andrew swept through the area * Serves on the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) Disaster Response Task Force, which advises on the regulatory role of disaster relief * Co-chairs the AIA Florida Disaster Response Task Force, which is developing a response mechanism for Florida architects * Is known for his expertise on the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Florida Building Code LOUISIANA: Steve J. Oubre -- Co-founder of Architects Southwest * Is the only Louisiana architect chosen to serve on the Louisiana Recovery Authority architectural team, which is charged with creating a physical plan for rebuilding the Louisiana Gulf Coast For further information, please contact: Kathleen Reilly: (202) 336-7966, firstname.lastname@example.org Scott Frank: (202) 626-7467, email@example.com
SOURCE American Institute of Architects
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