Earthquake Brace+Bolt

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Brace + Bolt    

Developed to help homeowners lessen the potential for damage to their houses during an earthquake.







Is your house earthquake-ready? If an earthquake happened today, would your house stay on its foundation? You may qualify for up to $3,000 toward a seismic retrofit of your house.


EBB encourages homeowners to use licensed contractors experienced in seismic retrofitting. EBB is free to contractors and to be included in the Contractor Directory all you have to do is take the online FEMA training provided.

Building Officials

Building departments play a critical role in the success of EBB. Participating homeowners need their building permit to confirm the retrofit was done in accordance with Appendix Chapter A3 or an approved standard plan set.

Watch EBB in Action

A residential seismic retrofit strengthens an existing house, making it more resistant to earthquake activity such as ground shaking and soil failure. The seismic retrofitting involves bolting the house to its foundation and adding bracing around the perimeter of the crawl space.

I thought it would be harder and take longer but the contractor I chose took care of everything and did it fast.”

Mark Whitney
Seismic retrofit completed March 2015
Los Angeles, CA

Established by the California Residential Mitigation Program (CRMP).

CRMP is a joint powers authority created by the California Earthquake Authority and the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. CRMP was established to carry out mitigation programs to assist California homeowners who wish to seismically retrofit their houses. Our goal is to provide grants and other types of assistance and incentives for these mitigation efforts and EBB is the first of these programs. 

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