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24 March, 2020

Los Angeles Soft Story Retrofit

By |2020-03-24T19:46:00+00:00March 24th, 2020|Earthquake Resilience|

Los Angeles is considered one of the most earthquake-prone urban areas in the nation. According to the United States Geological Survey, there’s a 60 percent chance an earthquake measuring in at magnitude 6.7 or higher will strike the Los Angeles area in the next 30 years; there’s also a […]

19 March, 2020

Tips to Building Community Resilience to Disasters

By |2020-03-19T23:26:52+00:00March 19th, 2020|Earthquake Resilience|

The urgent need for disaster resilience becomes clearer with each news cycle. Business owners and community leaders must adopt strategies and practices that can help communities prepare for, respond to, and bounce back after disasters like major earthquakes. The following six steps can help your business or community achieve disaster […]

27 February, 2020

How to Prepare a Building for an Earthquake

By |2020-02-27T17:22:42+00:00February 27th, 2020|earthquake preparedness|

Preparing your commercial buildings for the next earthquake isn’t just a theoretical exercise in California. We know earthquakes can hobble businesses, damage the economy and injure or kill people in our buildings. Even “newer” buildings constructed as late as the 1990s have elements known to fail during major earthquakes. This […]

19 February, 2020

Is Your Business Resilient? Here’s Four Things You Need to Consider

By |2020-02-24T22:27:18+00:00February 19th, 2020|Earthquake Resilience, Seismic Resilience|

If you’ve ever driven down the 405 freeway in L.A.’s San Fernando Valley, you have passed by the sprawling 95-acre Anheuser-Busch brewery where, since 1954, some of the world’s most famous beer brands such as Budweiser, Bud Light and Michelob, and more recent labels like Bud Ice, Kirin Ichiban and […]

18 February, 2020

6 Tips For Disaster Management & Resilience Planning For Your Business

By |2020-02-19T00:19:37+00:00February 18th, 2020|Earthquake Resilience|

Could your business withstand a major earthquake today? Is your inventory secure? How earthquake resilient are your buildings? Do your employees know what to do if the ground starts shaking? Do you have an emergency plan in place that everyone is prepared to implement on a moment’s notice? If you […]

17 February, 2020

How to Make Buildings More Resilient for the Future

By |2020-02-17T22:28:11+00:00February 17th, 2020|Earthquake Resilience|

Big earthquakes in Southern California can put any building to the test, sometimes with tragic results. Loma Prieta and Northridge loom in our memories. Keep in mind that every day is one day, closer to the next big earthquake that will put your building to the test. That’s why there […]

7 February, 2020

How Earthquake-Resilient Buildings Can Save Money

By |2020-02-07T21:54:42+00:00February 7th, 2020|Earthquake Resilience|

It only takes a glance at the news to see what earthquakes can do to buildings unprepared for strong shaking. The cracks, crumbling and total collapses of walls, floors, ceilings and facades can kill hundreds of people, leave thousands homeless, and disrupt critical infrastructure for months or longer. Many earthquake-damaged […]

5 February, 2020

Making the Most of Seismic Retrofits through Adaptive Reuse

By |2020-02-11T15:55:57+00:00February 5th, 2020|Adaptive Reuse, SDCAA, Seismic Retrofit|

San Diego is blessed to have many stately Victorian homes still keeping watch over the swirling sunsets sinking west behind the harbor.

These majestic and ornate structures, with their brightly colored facades, turrets, spires and wrap-around porches, were built to impress — reflecting the optimism and opulence of a society experiencing […]

4 February, 2020

A Precarious Link Between Homelessness and Earthquake Resistant Buildings

By |2020-02-27T16:02:02+00:00February 4th, 2020|AAGLA, Earthquake Protection|

California’s homeless population grew by more than 21,300 people in 2019. That’s an increase of 16.4% — more than all other states in the nation combined, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

No matter where you stand on this very complex and controversial issue, the fact […]

3 February, 2020

USGS Seismic Hazard Rating Climbs for SoCal Calling for an Increase in Earthquake Retrofitting

By |2020-02-10T16:05:44+00:00February 3rd, 2020|AACSC, Earthquake Retrofit, Earthquake Retrofits|

Earlier predictions of Southern California’s earthquake risk were dire enough as many as 1,800 deaths, 50,000 injuries, and $200 billion in damage with long-lasting social and economic impacts.

New figures from the U.S. Geological Survey are significantly worse: more than 1,000 dead in Los Angeles alone; major transportation corridors destroyed; water […]