FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Kramer Motors Earthquake Rebuild   [open pdf - 27KB]

Alternate Title: Kramer Motors Rebuilding After an Earthquake

This document is part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Best Practices Portfolio. The Best Practices Portfolio is a collection of true stories about people and communities who have experienced disasters, and what mitigation they used to survive, rebuild, and prepare for disasters. From the document: "Kramer Motors has been in business in Santa Monica for 40 years. The business originally had six facilities in the Santa Monica area. The Northridge earthquake that shook southern California early on the morning of January 17, 1994, damaged all six facilities. The roof of the auto agency's showroom on Santa Monica Boulevard caved in on a dozen sports cars. One building was destroyed and was not replaced. The site of that structure is now a parking lot. Three of the other buildings sustained major damage and the other two received minor damage, according to the owner, Robert Kramer. [...] Following the earthquake, the company initiated a mitigation program. Cost of repairs and mitigation was $1.5 million." This and other individual FEMA Best Practices documents are also combined in "Mitigation Best Practices: Public and Private Sector Best Practice Stories for All Activity/Project Types in All States and Territories Relating to All Hazards [August 10, 2011]," which can be accessed at the following link: [https://www.hsdl.org/?abstract&did=683132]

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