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Further Information on Earthquake Safety
(FEMA documents, other references)


Who should care about earthquake preparedness?

A major earthquake in a large west coast city will have a huge impact on:

  • Lenders
  • Insurance Companies
  • Homeowners
  • Business owners
  • Customers & Clients
  • Suppliers
  • In short: everyone
Experts project that direct earthquake damage to buildings will be increased four-fold by fire and lost commerce after a major west-coast earthquake. The better-prepared we all are, the more quickly we can resume living normal lives after an earthquake.

Why we need your help

QuakeCheck is only a fraction of the material needed to show builders and homeowners the principles needed in earthquake retrofits. The authors of QuakeCheck have hundreds of other photos, dozens of construction details and further references almost ready for publication in a 200-plus page "retrofit encyclopedia." Without your help it will take much longer to present this material to the public.

FEMA has been working on reducing earthquake hazards since 1977. One of the QuakeCheck authors presented a preliminary draft of his manuscript on earthquake retrofits to FEMA in September, 2012. FEMA is interested--but their budget does not allow for further document development at present. QuakeCheck was composed in about a week, using materials in the authors' archives.

You can wait for FEMA--or help in producing a retrofitting manual that will offer guidance much sooner. Which schedule would you rather be on? Which schedule do you think the closest earthquake fault is on?

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