FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Brewery Avoids Business Disruption Following Earthquake   [open pdf - 27KB]

Alternate Title: Brewery Adjusts After Earthquake Seismic Retrofitting to Avoid Disruption

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: "Anheuser-Busch operates a large brewery just a few miles from the epicenter of the January 17, 1994 Northridge Earthquake. The facility serves the company's markets throughout the Southwest and Pacific regions. Because it is in a high earthquake hazard area, Anheuser-Busch initiated a risk reduction program at the brewery in the early 1980s. A risk assessment of critical buildings and equipment was performed. Those with unacceptable levels of risk were seismically upgraded, without impacting daily operations. Seismic reinforcements were designed for a number of buildings and the critical equipment contained within, including buildings housing beverage production and vats where the beer is stored and aged. The Northridge Earthquake produced very strong ground motion, causing extensive damage in the immediate vicinity of the brewery. However, post-earthquake surveys conducted by the company's engineering consultants, indicated that none of the retrofitted structures sustained damage." 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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