Wildfires in East TN and How You Can Help

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Wildfires in East TN and How You Can Help 

As we learn of the extreme devastation which occurred from the wildfires in East Tennessee, we all look for ways to help.

Approximately 17,000 acres and 2,500 structures in Sevier County have been damaged or destroyed due to the wildfires and many of our AIA members and longtime friends have been personally affected by this devastation. AIA Tennessee member and Memphis architect Jon Summers, AIA and his wife tragically lost their lives and their three sons are receiving treatment at Vanderbilt Hospital for injuries sustained while trying to escape the fires. Jon was a partner in the Memphis firm, brg3s. Please continue to pray those affected by the wildfires.

If you would like to help support the Summers family please make donations to The Summers Brothers Trust: 80 Monroe Avenue, Suite 650 Memphis, TN 38103.

If you to help support the other victims of the wildfires please consider donating to Dolly Parton’s My People Fund.

 If you would like to “do something” and be a part of a much larger disaster recovery initiative, please sign up as a TNSAVE Volunteer on the online form here.

TNSAVE is the Tennessee Structural Assessment & Visual Evaluation Coalition. One of the primary goals is to support TEMA when there is a need to rapidly assess the safety of buildings following disasters. TNSAVE’s primary support comes from individuals who have experience and training in building design and construction with a desire to rapidly assess buildings and vertical structures for safety and/or occupancy following disasters in the state of Tennessee.

TNSAVE Members assist the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) following a disaster.

TNSAVE consists of:
Professional Architects
Professional Engineers
Professional Building Inspectors
Experienced Contractors
The TN SAVE Board of Directors Organized From
American Institute of Architects/Tennessee (AIA/TN)
American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC/TN)
American Society of Civil Engineers Geo Institute (ASCE Geo)
Society of American Military Engineers, Nashville Post (SAME)
Tennessee Structural Engineers Association (TSEA)
Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE)
American General Contractors of Tennessee (AGC)
American Society of Civil Engineers, Tennessee Section (ASCE)

Click here to learn more about TNSAVE!

Tennessee AIA Staff and Volunteer Staff

Ashley Cates
Ella Chadwell
Heather Koury, Hon. AIA
Carol Pedigo, Hon. AIA
Dale Powers