Long Term Recovery Partners in Oklahoma

Long Term Recovery Partners in Oklahoma

  • by Architecture for Humanity
  • Jan 28, 2014
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Architecture for Humanity is excited to announce a partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)'s National Disaster Recovery Support (NDRS) team, the state of Oklahoma's Office of Emergency Management (OK OEM) and the City of Moore to collaborate in long term reconstruction efforts in the State. The State of Oklahoma and NDRS invited Architecture for Humanity to participate in the Safe Schools 101 program, working to empower communities with the necessary tools to manage their own recovery. The program seeks to train architects and engineers in assessing school buildings to ensure that their structures include their best available areas of refuge. They will look at opportunities for hardening those areas with the ultimate goal of ensuring they are FEMA 361 / ICC500 compliant safe room designs and construction throughout the state. FEMA team members from various regions of the country have already shown interest in expanding Safe Schools 101program to other states. Sign up for school assessment training here. This partnership will enable us to support this Safe School 101 initiative, the City of Moore's recovery efforts, and work on statewide resilience initiatives. Architecture for Humanity will provide two design fellow to work with FEMA's Recovery Office in Oklahoma City, to work collaboratively and assist survivors in developing resilient strategies for community planning and home building within these neighborhoods. The design fellow will offer recovery agencies with technical expertise to assist communities and promote regional resilience against future threats. We greatly look forward to our collaboration and making a difference in Oklahoma!

Do your part!

Apply to be an Oklahoma design fellow and make a difference in people's lives. Come join our team! Applications reviewed on a rolling basis. About the position: Reporting to the Program Manager, the Design Fellow will work with local rebuilding organizations and travel to communities to engage community residents in public workshops. Through engaging with communities, we will work together to identify preparedness needs, available resources, and work to tailor community-specific solutions in vulnerable cities across Oklahoma. Architecture for Humanity has been the leading nonprofit in providing designing solutions to post-disaster areas on a global scale. These positions present an opportunity to commit to making a positive impact in Oklahoma through the power of design. There is successful growth potential for candidates who are ambitious, entrepreneurial, intrepid and committed. We look forward to hearing from you! Photo by Tommy Stewart, Architecture for Humanity, June 2013.

The National Resilience Program will assist thousands of people to better prepare their communities to mitigate the impact of future natural disasters.