Earthquake Preparedness in California
Living in the Golden State has its merits but oftentimes Californians forget that a natural disaster could be lurking right around the corner. As residents, it is our duty to ensure that our family, friends and neighbors are prepared for any natural disaster, especially earthquakes. When an earthquake strikes, that one second difference could mean life or death for a loved one.
I urge you to sign my petition asking the Governor and Legislature to fully fund an earthquake Early Warning System.
I am committed to fighting within the Budget to include three main components of an Earthquake Preparedness Package for California:
The State of California has focused on helping people rebuild and recover after an earthquake but we need to focus on limiting earthquake damage before it happens. California needs to feel safe when it comes to being earthquake prepared. It is not a luxury, it is a necessity!
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Early Warning System
Earthquake early warning systems use earthquake science and the technology of monitoring systems to alert devices and people when shaking waves generated by an earthquake are expected to arrive at their location. The seconds to minutes of advance warning can allow people and systems to take actions to protect life and property from destructive shaking.
The 30% Seismic Retrofit Tax Incentive AB 2392, formerly Assembly Bill 428, passed the Legislature with overwhelming support, but was vetoed by Governor Brown. The Governor argued that tax credits should be included in Budget negotiations.
Recent findings by UC Berkley researchers identify 1,500 concrete buildings that are seismically vulnerable in just the Los Angeles area. The researchers state that in the event of a huge earthquake, 75 are likely to collapse.
Brace & Bolt
The Brace + Bolt Expansion is a lottery program offered through the California Earthquake Authority that provides $3,000 to assist homeowners in decreasing the potential for damage to their houses during an earthquake. A residential seismic retrofit strengthens an existing house, making it more resistant to earthquake activity such as ground shaking and soil failure, by bolting the house to its foundation and adding bracing around the perimeter of the crawl space.
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