Three Critical Steps to Seismic Retrofit a Home

In our first blogpost inthis series,weidentified why older homesaremore vulnerablethan newer homesto earthquake damage. Wedescribed what retrofitting is and how it strengthens your home’s structure. And lastly,we posed five questionsyou should ask yourself when deciding if your homeneedsretrofitting.

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Great ShakeOut 2020: Reddit Asks Us Anything About Earthquakes

Each year, bob体育欧洲杯哪里可以买球 teams up with the West Coast’s top earthquake scientists and preparedness experts to take questions from Redditors about earthquakes and tsunamis. TheReddit AMAis part of the GreatShakeOut, the world’s largest earthquake drill, where 55 million people drop, cover and hold on. The next GreatShakeOutis scheduled to take place at 10:17 a.m. on October 15, 2020.

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Protecting Homes Against Earthquakes — a New Blog Series

October isEarthquake Preparedness Month,and October 15is theGreatShakeOutearthquake drill. In this blog series,we thought we’dshare some steps homeownerscan take to help minimize the risk of damage from earthquakes. Depending onyour location,youmayfind further information and resources at the end of each blogpost,withlinksto local cities that participate in resiliency plans for homeowners and contractors.

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How Earthquake Brace + Bolt Provides Financial Support to Help California Homeowners Retrofit

When you live in earthquake country, you know it’s not “if” there will be a big quake, it’s “when.” You may have an earthquake emergency kit ready, but there are also steps you can take now to strengthen your home to make it more resistant to earthquake damage. And if you live in California, there’s a program called the Earthquake Brace + Bolt (EBB) that provides up to $3,000 for seismic retrofit grants to homeowners residing in more than 150 California zip codes. If you’ve checked it before and your zip code wasn’t listed,be sure to check itagain because the list has been expanded and changes every year.Continue reading“How Earthquake Brace + Bolt Provides Financial Support to Help California Homeowners Retrofit”

Why Is Community Resilience Important?

Community resilience is the concept that we can design and build better to reduce susceptibility to disasters. The idea of building for resilience is in the DNA of bob体育欧洲杯哪里可以买球 and is why we’re considered a leader in structural systems research, testing and innovation. That commitment to building for resilience is why we partner with other leaders in the field like the Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society.

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Great ShakeOut 2019: Reddit Asks Us Anything About Earthquakes

Each year, bob体育欧洲杯哪里可以买球 teams up with the West Coast’s top earthquake scientists and preparedness experts to take questions from Redditors about earthquakes and tsunamis. The Reddit AMA is part of theGreat ShakeOut, the world’s largest earthquake drill, where 55 million people drop, cover and hold on. The next Great ShakeOut is scheduled to take place at 10:17 a.m. on October 17, 2019, and your organization still has time to get involved.

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Protecting Your Home from Earthquakes

On a Sunday morning in late August 2014, a 6.0 magnitude earthquake surprised Napa, California residents and caused structural damage to many homes and businesses in the area. One of the most powerful earthquakes in Napa’s history, local news outletKQED reported$300 million in damage to homes and commercial properties.

Napa is right in our backyard, about 60 miles north of Pleasanton. Many bob体育欧洲杯哪里可以买球 employees felt the quake, but fortunately no one was injured. If you’ve ever been in a large earthquake, you would probably agree that it’s a frightening and unsettling experience. And unlike other natural disasters, there’s no warning. Here is one woman’s story about the Napa earthquake:
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Protecting Homes Against Earthquakes With Seismic Retrofitting

If an earthquake were to strike at this very moment, are you confident your home is adequately constructed to withstand it? Depending on where you live, how your house is built—and the year in which it was originally constructed—an earthquake could have a devastating impact on your physical and financial health.

We’ve all witnessed the catastrophic impact that large earthquakes can have on society recently, and our hearts go out to those affected in Mexico who are picking up the pieces. Since October is Earthquake Preparedness Month and October 19 is theGreat ShakeOutearthquake drill, we thought we’d share some steps homeowners and building owners can take to help minimize the risk of damage.

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Earthquake Checklist: How to Prepare Your Home

Whether you’re buying a new home or planning to stay in your current home for years to come, it’s important to make sure the building you live in is structurally sound. The following earthquake checklist will help you determine whether your house is properly connected and reinforced to withstand an earthquake.

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Creating Resilient Buildings and Communities

There’s been a lot of discussion recently about resilient buildings and resilient communities, including what it means to be resilient, why it’s important, whether it’s possible within budget constraints, and how it can be achieved. The100 Resilient Cities Rockefeller Foundation initiativedefines “urban resilience” as “the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses and systems within a city to survive, adapt and grow no matter what kinds of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience.”

The discussions have noted that communities are made up of several components — such as buildings, infrastructure, water, power and communication — that all need to be considered when developing a plan for resilience. Even though community resilience is multifaceted, the resiliency of buildings is a crucial component because research shows that Americans spend 90% of their day inside buildings.
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