“Earthquake Awareness: Protect Your Property and Tenants” will be the subject of a free lunchtime workshop of the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce and Civic Association on at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 4 at the Brookside Golf Club.

”Californians live and work in earthquake country. This summer’s experience in the Ridgecrest area, reminded us that strong earthquakes can be devastating for both residents and businesses in a few moments,” says Pasadena Chamber of Commerce President and Chief Executive Officer, Paul Little. “We urge Pasadena business property owners to attend this informative event to learn what they can do in advance to protect their business properties.”

Leading experts presenting at the event will include: California Institute of Technology Seismology Lab Manager, Margaret Vinci; Pasadena Fire Chief, Bertral T. Washington; Optimum Seismic, Inc. Chief Operating Officer, Ali Sahabi and Vice President, Narek Ekmekjyan.

“This workshop is very important step in terms of increasing public awareness of how we can make our community safer,” says Ali Sahabi, chief operating officer of Optimum Seismic and a leader in seismic resiliency and sustainability. Optimum Seismic, which is hosting the workshop and luncheon, has been in operation since 1984, and has completed hundreds of projects to make buildings earthquake resilient.

“It’s important to understand that a major earthquake striking our urban area can, in an instant, destroy buildings and businesses, ruin homes, and kill and injure many people,” adds Sahabi.

Answers will be provided to key questions about earthquakes. Questions to be addressed include:

  1. What are the basics of the earthquake threat?
  • What causes earthquakes?
  • What happens?
  • What can we expect here?
  1. What will happen in Pasadena during an earthquake emergency:
  • What will City of Pasadena emergency responders do?
  • What resources will be available?
  • How can we best prepare?
  1. How you can protect your property and tenants from damage and harm:
  • What do the state, county and city require?
  • What does retrofitting do?
  • What are the economics of being prepared?
  • How can I stay in business?

 

The event will be held at the Brookside Golf Club, Mediterranean Room, 1133 Rosemont Drive in Pasadena. Free parking is available in Rose Bowl Lot D, which is a short walk to the venue.

Space is limited at this free event. Reserve your seating and lunch early via email to [email protected] or by calling (626) 795-3355. RSVPs will not be accepted after October 31.

Margaret Vinci, California Institute of Technology Seismology Lab Manager
Margaret Vinci, California Institute of Technology Seismology Lab Manager
Bertral T. Washington, Pasadena Fire Chief
Bertral T. Washington, Pasadena Fire Chief
Ali Sahabi, Chief Operating Officer, Optimum Seismic, Inc.
Ali Sahabi, Chief Operating Officer, Optimum Seismic, Inc.