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Quake Tip of the Week: Will Your Home Survive?

By Larry Guillot
Friday June 09, 2006

Area governments say that 150,000 homes in the Bay Area are going to be uninhabitable after the Hayward Fault ruptures, the fault about which USGS seismologist Tom Brocher says, “It’s locked and loaded and ready to fire.” 

How about it? No more denial, get your bids and get that retrofit done.  

If you want to know more about retrofits and how they work, there’s a free seminar this Saturday morning, June 10, at 10 a.m. at the Northbrae Community Church, 941 The Alameda, Berkeley. 

It will cover the basics and make you knowledgeable about choosing a retrofit contractor.  

A Red Cross survey found 80 percent of Bay area homeowners are not ready for a Big One. The retrofitted houses are the ones that will survive. 


Larry Guillot is owner of QuakePrepare, an earthquake consulting, securing, and kit supply service in the east bay. www.quakeprepare.com