Retro Report – video re earthquake readiness

Promises of Preparedness followed Devastation Earthquake and Yet…

This posting from the NYT Retro Report on the 25th anniversary of the Loma Prieta quake generated several comments from readers.

(1) Jay Wilson of Oregon noted that it prominently features Oregon’s influence from the California experience and also has Dennis Mileti discussing social science and preparedness.

(2) From several readers affiliated with the Natural Hazards Mitigation Association, these comments:Our thanks to Janiele Maffei and Mariann Knoy from the California Earthquake Authority for supplying information on the California Residential Mitigation Program.  While the article and especially the accompanying video is absolutely splendid, they would have been ever better if they  mentioned that:

  • 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:
  •  Some discussion of the Nisqually Earthquake mitigation efforts under Project Impact which significantly reduced damages following the 2011 quake in Washington State.





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