4 September, 2021

Four tips to selecting a qualified earthquake retrofit company

By |2021-09-10T19:44:05+00:00September 4th, 2021|AAGLA, Earthquake Retrofit, Earthquake Retrofit Contractor|

Rising concern with the threat of earthquakes in Southern California communities has many new companies trying to break into the seismic retrofit industry.

Be careful not to let a poor job done by an inexperienced company become a costly lesson for you.

Plumbers, handymen, kitchen and bathroom remodelers: many of these outfits […]

3 September, 2021

Science provides answers on seismic safety

By |2021-09-10T18:30:54+00:00September 3rd, 2021|AACSC, Seismic Safety|

I recently ran across the following question in a social media post:

Q: Is there a way to know how safe your apartment building is in case of an earthquake?

One person commented that if her apartment is still standing, it has survived everything until now — wrongly implying that the […]

2 September, 2021

San Diego warned to act on earthquakes

By |2021-09-09T18:52:44+00:00September 2nd, 2021|Earthquake Resilience, Earthquake Retrofit, SDCAA|

Earthquake risks in San Diego are significantly higher than previously believed, and measures to mitigate potential impacts from major temblors are still needed.

Noted earthquake expert Lucy Jones warned the city in 2018 to get a handle on the situation – before it’s too late.

Since then, new findings about the Rose […]

1 September, 2021

OC lawmakers call for stricter oversight of older buildings

By |2021-09-09T18:49:43+00:00September 1st, 2021|AAOC, earthquake preparedness, Earthquake Protection, Earthquake Resilience|

Should older structures be inspected for safety?

It’s a question being raised throughout the nation as building officials, elected officials and residents weigh similarities between high-rises in their cities and the ill-fated Champlain Towers, which collapsed killing nearly 100 people on June 24.

The 12-story Florida condo tower was due for a […]

4 August, 2021

California Earthquake Authority warns of need for retrofits

By |2021-08-23T17:50:06+00:00August 4th, 2021|Earthquake Resilience, Earthquake Retrofit, Earthquake Retrofits, SDCAA|

Will San Diego be at the center of California’s next deadly earthquake?

The odds are 99-1 that a killer quake – larger than anything we have known – will happen in our lifetimes, somewhere in the state.

It could wield its lethal blow in San Diego, according to California Earthquake Authority CEO […]

3 August, 2021

Long Beach buildings share similar traits to fallen Florida complex

By |2021-08-09T23:50:18+00:00August 3rd, 2021|AACSC, Buildings Resilience|

The surfside condominium building that collapsed just north of Miami shares similarities to some older high-rises here, Long Beach Building Superintendent David Khorram told media representatives shortly after the June 24 disaster.

The Florida building was built about 40 years ago, and there are many mid- and high-rise residential buildings that […]

2 August, 2021

Is a deadly fault lurking underneath Orange County’s mountains?

By |2021-08-06T22:05:41+00:00August 2nd, 2021|AAOC, Earthquake Threats, Earthquakes|

The Santa Ana Mountains are a regional treasure, providing a spectacular backdrop to Orange County.

The range begins at the Whittier Fault and stretches south to the Santa Margarita River. Major summits are scattered along the ridge, the mightiest being Modjeska (5,496 feet) and Santiago (5,689 feet) – which form our […]

1 August, 2021

‘King of Beers’ is the business model for earthquake resilience

By |2021-08-06T18:46:12+00:00August 1st, 2021|AAGLA, Earthquake Resilience, Earthquake Resilient Communities, Seismic Resilience|

Let’s talk business.

When the Anheuser-Busch brewery in Van Nuys suffered significant damage in the 1971 Sylmar earthquake, the company invested $11 million in retrofitting structures on site to withstand the next major temblor – which came in 1994 with the Northridge quake.

Even though the brewery was located just a few […]

4 July, 2021

Don’t Leave Your Assets to Chance in Earthquakes

By |2021-07-14T17:23:34+00:00July 4th, 2021|Earthquake Protection, SDCAA|

Insurance doesn’t save lives, it saves your livelihood. Earthquake retrofits do both.

Most apartment owners have worked very hard for what they have. Yet while San Diego is more seriously at risk of earthquake devastation than previously thought – many prefer to hope that the worst never happens, rather than to […]

3 July, 2021

Will Your Building Survive the Next Big Earthquake?

By |2021-07-14T17:20:03+00:00July 3rd, 2021|AAOC, Buildings Resilience|

It’s been a difficult year for owners of rental income properties, with up to 20% of Southern California tenants behind on rent and many owing balances in the tens of thousands of dollars, according to various reports.

News coverage cites anonymous owners afraid to speak out on how policies put in […]

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