OAKLAND, Calif. -- The U. S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today approved $3,000,000 for the seismic retrofit of two buildings on the campus of the Mount Zion Medical Center located in the city and county of San Francisco. The project is partially funded by FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP).
"It is particularly important that hazard mitigation projects support medical facilities, cornerstones of any disaster recovery efforts," said FEMA Region IX Administrator Nancy Ward. "The release of funds illustrates the importance of local entities and state and federal governments working together to build more resilient communities before the next catastrophe occurs."
The Mount Zion Medical Center is located in a seismically active area. The two targeted medical buildings were built in 1948 of reinforced concrete and have been identified as being out of compliance with current state ordinances. The seismic retrofit will incorporate concrete shear walls, concrete slabs, sprayed concrete, concrete infill at windows, structural steel, and exhaust stack bracing. The completed project will bring both buildings into compliance with current seismic regulations, thereby reducing the potential for loss of life or damage in future earthquake related events.
The HMGP provides 34% percent of the project's total costs equaling $8,875,000. The University of California at San Francisco Medical Center will cover the balance.
HMGP funds for this project were made available for eligible projects under the Presidential disaster declaration for the 2010 severe winter storms that struck the state California on January 17, 2010.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.