Looking for a quake retrofit grant? You’re in luck

Courtesy Flickr Creative Commons user kangotraveler

Courtesy Flickr Creative Commons user kangotraveler

 

Collapsed foundation systems have been a problem in every moderate and large urban earthquake in the state, going all the way back to the Great San Francisco earthquake in 1906,” the email from First American reads. “The region’s next major earthquake is only a matter of time, according to seismologists.”

 

Consider this a wake-up call – and an opportunity. It’s been more than a quarter of a century since the 6.9-magnitude Loma Prieta quake that rocked the region, and while newer homes are designed to resist quake damage, older homes built to early codes are vulnerable.

 

This opportunity is available to homeowners in designated zip codes in Albany, Berkeley, Burlingame, Emeryville, Hillsborough, Millbrae, Oakland, Piedmont, San Francisco, San Leandro and Woodside. Hurry, though – the application deadline for the program, known as the California Residential Mitigation Program, is Feb. 20, 2016. To learn more, visit California Earthquake Brace + Bolt Program.