A Note on Earthquake Mitigation from Ed Thomas

A Note on Earthquake Mitigation from Ed Thomas

There was a truly outstanding article and video, by Retro Report, in the New York Times, March 14, 2014:

“After Earthquakes, Promises to Prepare.  And Yet” By CLYDE HABERMAN

The video and article are available here

While the Article and most especially the accompanying short video, includes a brilliant all-too-short piece of an interview with Denis Mileti, is absolutely splendid. Nevertheless the article would have been much improved had it mentioned two major pieces of information about earthquake mitigation:

A) The California Residential Mitigation Program (CRMP) conducted a pilot retrofit program called Earthquake Brace + Bolt: Funds to Strengthen Your Foundation in select neighborhoods in Oakland and Los Angles, California.

The goal of the Earthquake Brace + Bolt Pilot Program is to decrease the physical and financial damage of earthquakes on soft-story single-family residential houses.  A typical retrofit can cost between $2,000 to $10,000 depending upon the size of the house and the amount of work involved.  The Pilot Program provides up to $3,000 to pre-qualified homeowners who make simple earthquake retrofits to help protect their largest investment and their loved ones. The pilot is currently under evaluation which will be used to inform program expansion efforts.  For more information on the Earthquake Brace + Bolt Program, go on-line to:


A fact-sheet on this excellent Pilot Program is posted on the NHMA website

Our thanks to Janiele Maffei and Marianne Knoy from the California Earthquake Authority for supplying information on the California Residential Mitigation Program

B) Some discussion of the Nisqually Earthquake mitigation efforts under Project Impact which significantly reduced damages following the 2011 quake in Washington State would also have been worthwhile.