Earthquake Brace + Bolt Grants Open For Enrollment in Santa Barbara, First Time In Four Years
Homeowners in Santa Barbara are finally eligible to register for the Earthquake Brace + Bolt program (EBB).
Qualifying residents can receive up to $3,000 to retrofit their homes, as a measure to get more earthquake safe properties on the streets of California.
While EBB opened registration to homeowners in Los Angeles last week — specifically, residents living in 90018 and 90019 zip codes — this is the first time in four years that the program has expanded its services to properties in Santa Barbara with 93101 and 93103 zip codes.
While a typical retrofit is priced between $3,000-$7,000, EBB will cover almost the entire cost when you register for their program.
Julian Construction, Inc., a foundation repair and construction company in Los Angeles, specializes in this type of retrofit
Your home should be inspected and most likely retrofitted if it was built before 1979, if it sits on a level or a low slope, if it has a wood-framed “cripple wall” under the first floor or if it has a raised foundation.
According to the California Earthquake Authority, there are roughly 1.2 million houses around California that have not been properly retrofitted.
Such homes are more vulnerable to collapse, fire and floods during an earthquake, and pose major safety hazards to residents and neighbors.
Janiele Maffei, chief mitigation officer of the California Earthquake Authority and executive director of Brace + Bolt, says homes with the highest risk are those dating pre-1940s.
“A large percentage of homes — in particularly the downtown area of Santa Barbara — were constructed during that time frame,” she said.
“The cripple wall problem is found in older homes, and the Santa Barbara area has beautiful, old homes that were designed and built before seismic codes were readily adopted throughout California,” she lamented.