Southern California earthquakes: How to get $3,000 to protect your home from earthquake damage

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — The state is once again making sure that Californians are prepared for the next big earthquake.

those years Big California ShakeOut took place on Thursday at 10:20 am, where millions took part in earthquake exercises at work, school or at home.

Since the first Great California ShakeOut began 15 years ago, experts have been compiling data on the benefits of bracing or bolting older buildings.

In 2015, an ordinance went into effect mandating the retrofitting of soft-story, or wood-frame, homes and apartment complexes in the City of Los Angeles.

More than $1 billion has been spent retrofitting thousands of structures.

“The regulation has resulted in 8,000 buildings being retrofitted. These house 117,000 housing units, or nearly a quarter of a million people,” Keith Porter/ Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction.

According to the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, LA’s Retrofit Ordinance will save more than $40 billion in earthquake damage and prevent 28,000 deaths and injuries and the loss of about 65,000 homes.

The seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones believes more California cities should review earthquake retrofit ordinances.

“Eight cities have joined Los Angeles, there are 180 more in Southern California that could benefit, and that’s what we want to do with this information,” she said.

There is also a state grant program that helps homeowners with up to $3,000 to retrofit their home or condo complex. Hiru Tejwani, LA-area landlord, said it was worth a look.

“Our building was built in 1987 and 1988, so I’m not sure if that’s an option, but I’ll look into it,” he said.

For more information on the state’s retrofit program and to see if you qualify, go to California Earthquake Authority website for registration.

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