ASCE Disaster Assistance Volunteer Program
ASCE Call for Disaster Assistance Volunteers
Each time a natural disaster, such as Hurricane Katrina, or a man-made event, such as the terrorist attacks of 9/11, occurs, ASCE members generously volunteer their time and talents to assist in response and recovery initiatives, and look to ASCE to provide an avenue to do so. The ASCE Committee on Critical Infrastructure (CCI), in response to our members’ desire to lend support to such efforts, is developing a directory of members who express their interest and availability to assist. CCI is currently seeking volunteers to participate in disaster management activities (planning, preparedness, response, and recovery) on an as-needed basis. The information provided will be included in a directory for the ASCE Disaster Assistance Volunteer Program to use in the event of natural and man-made disasters requiring engineers for planning, damage assessment, and rebuilding efforts.
The ultimate goal of the directory is to be prepared to respond to future disasters by employing the expertise of qualified members. Data provided may be made available upon request to qualified parties including local, state, and federal agencies as well as private consulting firms seeking professional engineering expertise. As of June 1, 2006, members may update their ASCE member profiles by providing disaster assistance related information for inclusion in the directory. To ensure the accuracy of the directory, members may be asked to confirm the information provided on an ongoing basis.
Notice: While this call for volunteers has been initiated as a part of the ASCE’s disaster response initiatives, please understand that you may not be contacted to participate in this specific effort. All volunteers should note that Good Samaritan laws vary from state to state. No protection from liability concerns is provided by enrollment in this database. Volunteers are strongly encouraged to review their individual professional liability coverage to ensure protection against liability claims for the volunteer actions taken during emergency response. If you are contacted by a local emergency response agency, remember that you are responsible for ascertaining and confirming your own liability risks. Read more about Good Samaritan and Volunteer Liability Laws.
Enroll in the Disaster Assistance Volunteer Directory (ASCE Member Login Required)