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January 2019 Newsletter.

Ali Sahabi The New Year is a time for self-reflection: What is it that we failed to accomplish in the previous year, and what can we do in the next 12 months to be better, fitter, more productive versions of ourselves? Several California cities are practicing this same introspection, taking a good hard look at how they can do a better job of protecting their residents from harm. The Pasadena City Council is expected to vote early this year on an ordinance requiring seismic retrofits of older soft-story structures. The City of Oakland passed a similar ordinance last month. This is a growing trend in the industry as the cost-benefits of seismic retrofits become more commonly known. What can you do to make your building safer? Contact us today for a free consultation to learn more about your retrofit needs and how to best protect your assets.

Ali Sahabi, GEC
Principal, Optimum Seismic, Inc.

Recovery After Disaster: Why Resilience is the Best Answer

Recovery After Disaster: Why Resilience is the Best Answer

California just experienced its most devastating wildfire ever, raising concern about the resilience of remote communities. Yet the threat of a major earthquake will bring several times the destruction and death as the Camp fire, experts agree. See why preparation is the best defense against disaster.
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ShakeAlert LA App is Live and Available for Downloading

ShakeAlert LA App is Live and Available for Downloading

ShakeAlert LA, an early-warning alert system for earthquakes measuring 5.0 or greater in Los Angeles County, provides a few seconds’ warning before they strike. Find out more and download the app today.
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29 Portland Public Schools at Risk During an Earthquake

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Twenty-nine schools in the Portland district that are at risk of collapsing during a major earthquake. According to Portland Public Schools, the 29 schools are unreinforced masonry buildings, which are known to be one of the most dangerous buildings during an earthquake.
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City of Oakland Passes Seismic Retrofit Ordinance

City of Oakland Passes Seismic Retrofit Ordinance

Aware of the destruction that can come from a major earthquake, the Oakland City Council last month passed an ordinance that will require retrofits of older wood-framed soft-story apartment buildings. A growing number of cities are taking similar action.
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Oregon Governor Calls for Statewide Alert System

Oregon Governor Calls for Statewide Alert System

Oregon Governor Katherine Brown is calling for a statewide early warning system to be up and operational by 2023, to warn against both earthquakes and wildfires and to avert what she called “the greatest challenge of our lifetimes.”
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Alaskan Businesses Remain Closed Following Earthquake

Alaskan Businesses Remain Closed Following Earthquake

Weeks after a 7.0-magnitude quake shook Alaska, many Anchorage businesses remain closed, demonstrating the impacts a major earthquake can have on local economies.
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Massive 6.9 Earthquake Strikes the Philippines

Massive 6.9 Earthquake Strikes the Philippines

A huge 6.9-magnitude temblor struck the Philippines just days before New Year, prompting tsunami alerts. Miraculously, there were no injuries and only minimal damage was reported.
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The Value of Safety in Your Seismic Retrofit Project

The Value of Safety in Your Seismic Retrofit Project

Construction, when done wrong, can result in costly delays and liabilities. Here are some tips to ensuring the highest safety standards are followed for your retrofit project.
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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Optimum Seismic is teaming up with the Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles on free educational seminars about retrofits and resilient communities. To learn more, call us at 323-OPTIMUM or click on the link below.
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