FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Cape Mendocino Seismic Retrofit   [open pdf - 28KB]

Alternate Title: Cape Mendocino Seismic Retrofit Retrofit Program for Lower-Income Homes

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: "On April 25 and 26, 1992, three powerful earthquakes rocked the Cape Mendocino area of Northern California. This series of quakes, measuring 7.1, 6.2 and 6.5 respectively, emanated from a complex geological area known as the Mendocino Triple Junction. Three major faults, the San Andreas, the Mendocino fracture zone and the Cascadia subduction zone, meet at this point forming one of the most seismically active areas in the United States. [...] The reality is that there is an extreme likelihood that Humboldt County will experience more earthquakes of equal or greater magnitude. Vulnerability for future earthquake damage is very high, particularly for housing of the low to moderate income population. The Redwood Community Action Agency (RCAA), based in Eureka, CA, is a non-profit organization for Humboldt County. The Agency applied for and received a grant from FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program of $324,000 to retrofit homes of low income owner-occupants. This grant, in combination with funds from local sources, provides funding for what has become the Seismic Safety & Retrofit for Residential Structures Program." 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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