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Responding to Disaster: Start Right to End Right

Jim Brady FAIA, ALEP, Associate Principal

Irene Nigaglioni, AIA, ALEP

Chris Pellegrin, AIA, Principal

Lona Hankins, Director of Capital Improvements

Page, IN2 Architecture, CSRS Inc., Recovery School District

Domains: Process

Course Level: Intermediate

Learning Units: 1 LU/HSW

Room: A703

Friday, October 27, 2017 @ 3:15 pm


This session will share the many critical steps school districts must take to successfully recover in the aftermath of a hurricane like Harvey and Irma or other natural disasters. These best practices are based on the presenters’ experiences in assisting school districts recover from the devastation caused by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav, Ike and Isaac and the Great Floods of 2016 in Louisiana.

The Association for Learning Environment’s (A4LE) volunteer group of professionals assisted school districts in Louisiana during the aftermath of Katrina and Rita. This experience led to the creation of a guide to assist districts prepare for and recover from devastation caused by a catastrophic event. They will share best practices for dealing with items like:

  • Procurement of Services
  • Documentation
  • Facilities Assessments
  • Facility Planning for Recovery and Resilience
  • FEMA forms and paperwork

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Attendees will leave the session better equipped to prepare for future disasters.
  2. Attendees will learn the best practices for disaster recovery immediately after it happens.
  3. Attendees will learn how to navigate the long recovery ahead successfully.
  4. Attendees will leave the session with a roadmap to recovery