Design professionals are required under their respective licensing board rules of professional conduct to protect public health, safety, and welfare. During times of emergency, such as those created by floods, earthquakes, or other natural disasters, the expertise and skills of design professionals are needed to provide immediate services to assist in protecting public health and safety and to aid in recovery efforts. Prudent design professionals, however, recognize that they expose themselves to potential liability when they volunteer their services during emergency situations.
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This article was co-authored with Antonino M. Leone.Construction