FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Home Earthquake Retrofit Program   [open pdf - 40KB]

Alternate Title: Home Earthquake Retrofit Program Keeping Homes and Neighborhoods Secure

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: "The Phinney Neighborhood Association (PNA) is a very proactive community group located in the City of Seattle. For many years the organization has sponsored programs and activities that have built a strong sense of community. Following the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989, program director Roger Faris and members of the PNA realized that the earthquake hazard they faced in Seattle was as great as that in California. They decided to incorporate an earthquake safety program into the existing Well Home Program. In 1998, the City of Seattle was selected as one of the sites to receive disaster mitigation funds under the Project Impact initiative. The funding was used to develop the 'Home Retrofit Program,' a comprehensive program to reinforce a typical Pacific Northwest home's ability to withstand earthquake movement. [...] When the Nisqually Earthquake struck the Seattle area in February of 2001, the Phinney neighborhood experienced a severe shaking. Following the quake, Faris received many phone calls from 'graduates' stating how secure they felt because they had retrofitted their homes." 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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