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Advisory - Officials mark 150th anniversary of the 1898 quake and announce new FEMA funds for earthquake retrofits

Now more Californians can receive up to $3,000 toward a seismic retrofit as Earthquake Brace + Bolt program expands to more cities and ZIP Codes


WHO:   Earthquake Brace + Bolt (EBB) Homeowner – recently completed retrofit
             California State Senator Nancy Skinner (D-East Bay)
              U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Earthquake Science Center, Deputy Director Keith Knudsen
              Cal OES Deputy Director of Planning, Preparedness and Prevention Christina Curry
              California Earthquake Authority CEO Glenn Pomeroy
              EBB Executive Director Janiele Maffei

WHAT:  Marking the upcoming 150th Anniversary of the 1868 Hayward Quake, one of the most
             destructive in state history, USGS will share critical research about the Hayward Fault and
             earthquake hazards in the East Bay.

             With new FEMA funding, EBB will offer $3,000 for code-compliant retrofit grants to even
             more California homeowners in high-risk areas to protect their families and reduce
             earthquake damage. EBB is expanding to include 76 additional ZIP Codes (for a total of
             255). Online registration will be open October 9 through November 13.


WHERE:  EBB Retrofit Home at 5450 Brookdale Ave, Oakland 94619


WHEN:    Tuesday, October 9th at 10 a.m.


WHY:   The Hayward Fault has been judged the most likely to produce a large earthquake in the Bay Area, with a 1 in 3 chance of a large earthquake over the next 30 years. Recent studies document the severe impact the Bay Area will experience from the next Hayward Fault earthquake.

More than 1 million houses statewide have a crawl space that makes them vulnerable to collapse or the potential to slide off their foundation during a strong earthquake. A seismic retrofit strengthens the house by bolting it to its foundation and bracing any existing walls in the crawl space with plywood. To learn more visit


  • EBB retrofit home tour
  • Before & after retrofit photos
  • USGS fact sheets and maps
  • Materials and tools used in retrofits
  • Model house and demonstration of cripple wall collapse
  • EBB video:
  • A Spanish speaker will be available for media interviews.









CONTACT:    Koula Gianulias, 310-795-9440,             
                       Leslie Gordon, 650-793-1534,  


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