A publication by the Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects
August 30, 2019
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New Members
Sofia Regan, Assoc. AIA
AIA Palm Beach

Ernesto Pena-Acuna, Assoc. AIA
AIA Florida Southwest

Hector Aponte, Assoc. AIA
AIA Orlando

Jorge Bonsenor, AIA
AIA Miami

As Floridians watch the weather forecasts ahead of Hurricane Dorian, AIA Florida will continue to use our communications channels to help ensure you are informed.

Gov. DeSantis declared a State of Emergency to ensure that all government agencies have ample time and resources to prepare ahead of the storm. AIA Florida urges members in the path of the storm to heed the suggestions and evacuation warnings of your local officials.

According to the latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Dorian will likely be a Category 3 or 4 when it makes landfall on Monday. Currently, the forecast track shows landfall highly likely along Florida's east coast, but models disagree regarding exactly where landfall will be. Floridians on the east coast should be actively preparing for a direct hit. Florida's entire peninsula should be prepared for storm effects including high winds, rain, and flooding.

AIA Florida has compiled a list of resources to help you keep your family and business safe.

Assemble a disaster supply kit including food, water, flashlights, batteries, cash, first aid supplies and copies of your critical information. Plan for adequate supplies in case you lose power and water for several days. Be sure to charge your devices. Additionally, be sure to video or photograph your homes and businesses before and after the storm to have a record for insurance purposed.

Refer to the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Ready.gov/hurricanes for comprehensive information and a preparedness timeline.

Stay Informed. Visit FloridaDisaster.org to find Florida's Division of Emergency Management. Text FLPREPARES to 888777 to receive updates via text or use the Florida Emergency Information Line at 800-342-3557. You can also download the FEMA app for real-time alerts and connect with FEMA for disaster assistance.

Have a place to go. If you are ordered to evacuate, know the local hurricane evacuation route(s) and have a plan for where you can stay. Find your evacuation zone here to ensure safety from storm surge and flooding.

Know Before You Go. For up-to-date travel information, visit FL511.com or call 511. Use GasBuddy to find gas stations with fuel.

Follow Power Outages. Use this statewide map to track power outages in impacted areas.

Stay in Touch Without WiFi or Cell Phone Service. To keep in contact with family and friends, we recommend downloading messaging apps that don't require WiFi or cell service. Zello and Firechat all have apps for Apple and Android devices, and you can keep track of people with Life360.

Register Your Business at FloridaDisaster.biz. Register your business with the Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center to report your business' open/closed status. Here, you can receive up-to-date storm information, report open/closed business status, complete a business damage assessment survey, and request or offer resources. Register here.

Post-Storm Safety Assessments
In preparation for the expected post-storm recovery process, AIA Florida is in contact with Florida Safety Assessment Program (SAP) trained volunteers, the Building Officials Association of Florida (BOAF) and the Governor's All-Hazards Incident Management Team to assist in coordinating post-storm assessments.

Further, BOAF’s Mutual Aid Committee will be asking for volunteers for assistance in affected areas. Complete this form if you are interested in volunteering.

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—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.

Social Channels to Follow

For live updates on Hurricane Dorian, follow these emergency agencies on Twitter:

State Emergency Response Team @FLSERT
Ready.gov @Readygov
FEMA @fema
FEMA Region 4 @femaregion4
FEMA en español @FEMAespanol
National Hurricane Center @NCH_Atlantic
National Weather Service @NWS
Fort Lauderdale

September 4
FBC: Energy Conservation
Broward Co Main Library
12 - 1:30 p.m.

September 9
Lunch & Learn
Broward Co Main Library
12 - 1 p.m.

September 21
ARE Saturdays
FAU, 8th Floor
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

September 11
Annual Meeting
Sweetwater Branch Inn
6 - 9 p.m.

Gulf Coast

September 5
ASID Eat, Drink & Design
Intended Spaces
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

September 19
CE Lunch Series
The Center for Arts & Humanity, 12 - 1 p.m.

October 3
10 X 10
Art Ovation, 5:30 - 7 p.m.

September 14
Savannah Sketch Tour

September 16
EDP Study Group

September 17
Annual Meeting
Location TBD
5:30 8 p.m.


August 31
SketchMIA: An Urban Sketch Tour
MCAD, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

September 12
CE Lunch
Miami-Dade Aviation Dept
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

September 13
Friday Forums
MCAD, 9 - 10 a.m.

September 12
Design & Honor Awards Banquet
Museum of Commerce
6 - 9 p.m. Central

September 14-16
Seaside Institute Symposium

September 17-19
CE Lunches
9/17 - Pensacola
9/18 - Santa Rosa Beach
9/19 - Destin

September 4
Lunch & Learn
AIA Orlando
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

September 5
Annual Meeting & Lecture
Ceviche Tapas Orlando
6 - 9 p.m.

September 11
Allied Advantage Breakfast
AIA Orlando, 8 - 9 a.m.
Palm Beach

September 11-12
2-HR CE Seminars
12 - 2:30 p.m.
9/11 - West Palm Beach
9/12 - Boca Raton

September 19
Annual Meeting
Hilton West Palm Beach
6 - 9 p.m.

September 27
Golf Tournament
Boca Country Club

September 11
CE Breakfast - Naples
IHOP, 7:30 - 9 a.m.

September 12
CE Breakfast - Fort Myers
Mimi's Cafe, 7:30 - 9 a.m.

Space Coast

November 11
CE Night
See Site, 6 - 8 p.m.

No events scheduled at this time.

Tampa Bay

September 5
Film Screening: The Proposal
Tampa Theatre, 6 - 9 p.m.

September 10
Annual Meeting
AIA Tampa Bay
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

September 12
Member Meeting
Sparkmans Wharf
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Treasure Coast

September 4
Learning with Lunch - Stuart
Treasure Coast Regional Planning Office, 12 - 1 p.m.

September 5
Learning with Lunch - Vero Beach
CJ Cannons Restaurant
12 - 1 p.m.

For full calendar of event, click HERE.


For full calendar of event, click HERE.


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The Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Florida) is guided by a mission to unite, education and position architects to lead in the shaping of Florida's future. We involve members in a statewide proactive, organized, unified effort to benefit the profession.