CA Reopens Applications to Retrofit Older Homes for Earthquakes

KNX 1070
February 21, 2020 - 8:13 am
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Applications are open for grants of up to $3,000 to retrofit homes that could slide right off their foundation if they're not bolted down.

The grants, available by the state, are for people who want to retrofit their older homes when it comes to keeping them safe from earthquakes.

It costs roughly $3,500 to bolt a house to its foundation. That's compared to hundreds of thousands to repair or replace a home that exits stage-left or right off the foundation in a quake.

According to a Los Angeles Times story, "There are an estimated 1.2 million California homes with a deficiency that can render them unlivable after strong shaking."

The LA Times story wrote, "It involves houses built before 1980, but especially before 1940, that are a few steps off the ground and have a crawlspace between the living space and the ground the house sits on."

The link is https://www.earthquakebracebolt.com/ where you can enter your ZIP Code to see if your house is in an EBB area.

Registration is open through March 19.