When a big earthquake hits, your first instinct can mean life or death

soft-Story-retrofit What should you do when an earthquake hits? Cover in place? Run outside? It’s a decision one must instantly make when the shaking begins. Californian natives might instinctively drop under a table, cover their head and hold tight. Out-of-staters might feel an urge to flee out the door. During the global ShakeOut drill held at 10:19 a.m. PDT on [...]

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City must work with property owners to comply with retrofit law

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Earthquakes are an unavoidable fact of life in the Bay Area. But their ability to do devastating damage to life and property is potentially avoidable, thanks to [...]

Santa Monica seeks to pass the nation’s most extensive earthquake retrofit plan

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Santa Monica is poised to require safety improvements to as many as 2,000 earthquake-vulnerable buildings in what would be the nation’s most extensive seismic [...]

Property Owners Eligible For Earthquake Retrofit Incentives

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WEST HOLLYWOOD—The City of West Hollywood is now part of the statewide incentive program developed by the California Residential Mitigation Program to help homeowners [...]

Making your home more resilient for the next disaster

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The recent 7.1 magnitude earthquake in Mexico City is a tragedy – and a wake-up call for all Angelenos. With nearly 300 people killed, over 50 buildings destroyed and [...]

How will California’s freeways survive a major earthquake?

The 1971 Sylmar earthquake sent a 6.6-magnitude jolt through the Newhall Pass, toppling a new interchange at Interstate 5 and Highway 14 and two nearby freeway overpasses, [...]

Los Angeles passes earthquake safety retrofitting law for older buildings

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  Despite outstanding questions over the price tag of retrofitting thousands of old buildings, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signed legislation Friday requiring [...]

What You Need to Know About the New Soft-Story Retrofit

Last year in October, the Council of the City of Los Angeles passed Ordinance # 183893 mandating the retrofitting of residential and mixed-use, wood-framed, soft-story [...]

New Ordinances Require “Soft Story” Retrofits in Metropolitan Multi-Family Units

The adoption of Soft-Story Retrofit Ordinance recognizes a vulnerable building type and mandates corrective measures.  It is common knowledge that California geology is [...]

For SF landlords, deadline looms to retrofit soft-story buildings

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Owners of nearly 2,000 apartment buildings in San Francisco have done nothing to bring their properties up to current seismic safety standards, despite an approaching deadline [...]

L.A. releases addresses of 13,500 apartments and condos likely to need earthquake retrofitting

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Neighborhoods in the San Fernando Valley, Hollywood and the Westside will feel the biggest impact from Los Angeles' new law requiring the retrofitting of wood-frame [...]