On Friday, August 24, following unprecedented flooding in Dane County, state and local emergency management officials contacted the AIA Wisconsin Disaster Assistance Committee coordinators for help with post-flood building safety assessments.
My colleague Stacey Keller and I put out the call to activate over 20 volunteers with CalOES Safety Assessment Program (SAP) Evaluator training. We assembled SAP teams of AIA architects and local representatives in Mazomanie, Black Earth, and Cross Plains. Volunteers worked tirelessly over 8 long days to complete Building Safety Assessments on 547 flood damaged buildings.
Thanks to the generous and tireless efforts of many volunteers, we were able to provide essential and timely information to residents and public officials that will aid in the recovery of these communities. As the rain, severe weather and flooding continued, the Governor declared a State of Emergency for the entire state and later the President announced the Federal Declaration, allowing more funding to be available for these local residents and businesses.
Saturday May 14th, 2016, Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture will host their first volunteer build day with Neighborhood Rehab Project’s “Be A Tool” program.
Based in Golden, CO, Neighborhood Rehab Project partners with local organizations to host a volunteer build days called “Be A Tool”. This build day focuses on helping homeowners within communities address their warm, safe, dry household needs, through empowering volunteers and purchasing materials to meet those needs.
Neighborhood Rehab Project cultivates partnerships that unify and support sustainable change within community.
This happens through facilitation from their parent organization Community Faith in Action and a partnership with the city of Golden. It is their vision to empower volunteers and homeowners to work together for the betterment of our community. This happens through service, skill development, and a strong focus on relational development.
Here’s a link to their website http://www.neighborhoodrehabproject.org/
We are excited to have 30 volunteers on board and look forward to working with Neighborhood Rehab Project to support our local families in Golden, Colorado.
There is much planning yet to be done, stay tuned as we learn more about the families and scope of work.