Expanding Access: State Grant Programs for Seismic Retrofits

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Earthquakes in California can result in catastrophic damage, depending on where they occur. In the event of a magnitude 7.0 earthquake on the Hayward fault, building damage from shaking could displace 77,000 households. But the number could rise to 152,000 households when considering other factors such as utility outages and fires. By providing financial incentives for code-compliant retrofits of single-family dwellings, the California Earthquake Authority’s (CEA) Earthquake Brace + Bolt and Earthquake Soft-Story programs are helping to make California residential construction more resilient to catastrophic earthquakes. Join us for a discussion with Janiele Maffei, chief mitigation officer at CEA, to discuss how these programs reduce barriers to advancing seismic safety in California.

  • Janiele Maffei / Chief Mitigation Officer, CEA

  • Sarah Atkinson / SPUR




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