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Quake Tip of the Week: Is Your Major Asset In Jeopardy?

By Larry Guillot
Friday June 22, 2007

One thing history has taught us about major earthquakes: houses that are correctly retrofitted survive intact. 

Houses that are not retrofitted correctly fall off their foundations. It’s very expensive to repair these homes and to get them back on their foundations.  

If you want to know more about retrofits and how they work, there is a free Earthquake Retrofit Seminar Saturday morning, June 23, from 10 a.m.-noon at the El Cerrito Senior Center, 6500 Stockton St.  

This seminar, sponsored by the Association of Bay Area Governments, describes a good retrofit, tells how to evaluate an existing retrofit (the majority, sadly, are inadequate), and describes retrofitting hillside homes. 

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



Larry Guillot is the owner of QuakePrepare, an earthquake consulting, securing and kit supply service. Contact him at 558-3299 or see www.quakeprepare.com to receive semi-monthly e-mails and safety reports.