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Save the Date for AIA-NJ

Don’t forget to clear your calendar to attend these important AIA-NJ events…

May 19. NJ Re-Forum. Municipal Land Use Law. Details and registration here.

June 12. Architects Action Day. Register Here.

June 22. East Coast Green: Health, Safety & Wellness. Registration is open!

August 1. Community Resilience Course. Limited capacity; register here.

November 9-11. Quad States. AIA NJ Design Conference is at this event! Click here.

NEWS AND UPDATES – DISASTER ASSISTANCE TRAINING HELD AT NJIT

AIA-NJ HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE
NEWS AND UPDATES – DISASTER ASSISTANCE TRAINING HELD AT NJIT
by: Laurence E. Parisi, AIA – Regional Disaster Assistance Coordinator.

Two individual AIA-NJ training sessions were held on April 1st and 2nd. The first session was for Architects with prior Disaster Assistance Training to become certified as Trainers, to enable them to train and qualify new Volunteers in Safety Assessment. The second day [pictured above] was held to train architects and engineers in volunteer disaster recovery assistance. Promulgated by AIA-NJ President Justin A Mihalik, AIA, the two day sessions were a tremendous success.

April 1, 2016 was no fool’s day for the11 members of the AIA-NJ and AIA-NY who attended the first of the two day training sessions. Participating in the 8 hour “train the trainer” disaster assistance program were the executive members of AIA-NJ and AIA-NY. The training for both sessions was headed up by Michael Lingerfelt, FAIA from Orlando, Florida and assisted by Laurence E. Parisi, AIA Chair of the AIA-NJ Homeland Security Committee, former AIA-NJ President. Mr. Lingerfelt is an experienced trainer of the California Safety Assessment Program.

We are truly fortunate to have Michael as our trainer. This is the third training session he has headed up for AIA-NJ; in my opinion he is the most invigorating trainer on the planet. Working with Michael on these disaster assistance programs has been an enriching and rewarding experience. By providing and supporting this event, our intention is to expand the training capabilities of AIA-NJ and AIA-NY. It is a benefit to New Jersey and New York, as coastal states, to be able to conduct training sessions for volunteering architects and engineers to be certified as card carrying Safety Assessment Workers by the California Safety Assessment Program. As we have learned from the recent past, disaster may strike at any time, and preparation is necessary.

April 2nd was just as explosive as April 1st, as nearly 100 architects and engineers attended the daylong disaster assistance training session. Sponsored by AIA-NJ, the goal of this program is to train professional architects and engineers as certified volunteer assistants in rapid recovery in the event of a catastrophic disaster such as Super Storm Sandy.

These training sessions will continue to be held periodically as an ongoing effort to strengthen and increase the number our professional volunteers. To date, we have approximately 300 architects and engineers in New Jersey that have been certified by the Office of the California Emergency Management as safety workers. Following a disaster, these safety workers will be able to respond to an affected area and evaluate the safety of homes and buildings.

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 AIA-NJ “Train the Trainer” attendees pictured from left to right: Justin A. Mihalik, AIA President AIA-NJ, Verity Frizzell, AIA President Elect, Kurt Kalafsky, AIA Past President, Kimberly Bunn, AIA Immediate Past President, Michael Lingerfelt, FAIA, Trainer and Laurence E. Parisi, AIA, co-trainer and Past President.

We truly appreciate the hands-on efforts and logistical support of Ms. Laura Slomka, AIA-NJ Executive Assistant. We also wish to thank Urs P. Gauchat Dean of the School of Architecture and the administration of NJIT for allowing us to conduct our training at their facilities for these past sessions and all of the training sessions we’ve conducted.

AIANJ and AIANY COALITION TO PROVIDE DISASTER ASSISTANCE

THE AIA NEW JERSEY AND AIA NEW YORK COALITION TO PROVIDE DISASTER ASSISTANCE TRAINERS

The “Train the Trainer” event was held on April 1, 2016 Pictured from L to R: Tim Boyland, AIA AIANY, Mark Kruse, AIA AIANY, Verity Frizzill, AIA, Kurt Kalafsky, AIA, Kimberly Bunn, AIA, Dan Horn Assoc. AIA NY, Justin A. Mihalik, AIA, Illya Azaroff, AIA AIANY, Michael Lingerfelt, FAIA Trainer, Laurence E. Parisi, AIA Co-trainer.

The “Train the Trainer” event was held on April 1, 2016 Pictured from L to R:
Tim Boyland, AIA AIANY, Mark Kruse, AIA AIANY, Verity Frizzill, AIA, Kurt Kalafsky, AIA, Kimberly Bunn, AIA, Dan Horn Assoc. AIA NY, Justin A. Mihalik, AIA, Illya Azaroff, AIA AIANY, Michael Lingerfelt, FAIA Trainer, Laurence E. Parisi, AIA Co-trainer.

 

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HURRICANE DISASTER INFORMATION

We will continue to provide important information regarding disaster assistance due to the hurricane. Please share this information with anyone who may need help.

For information on road closures, transit information and shelter locations – call 2-1-1

It will be a long process to restore power. Notify your power company immediately of any outages:

PSE&G: 1-800-436-7734 / www.pseg.com/outagecenter
AC ELECTRIC: 1-800-833-7476 / www.atlanticcityelectric.com/home/emergency
VINELAND MUNICIPAL UTILITIES: 1-856-794-4280 / www.vinelandcity.org/electric/VMEUsite

To contact the Red Cross: 1-800-RED-CROSS / http://app.redcross.org/nss-app/

Federal Disaster Relief: 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA) / www.disasterassistance.gov

FEMA is now accepting applications from residents and business owners who sustained losses due to the hurricane. Register: 1-800-621-3362 or 1-800-462-7585 or at the website listed above.

It is recommended that you contact your insurance company as soon as you confirm that you’ve sustained a loss.

HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS

With New Jersey currently at the center of the track for Hurricane Sandy, it is worthwhile to remind ourselves of the need for proper hurricane preparedness. Please take a few moments to review the information on the National Weather Service website, which can be found here.