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Murray, Utah School District Seismic Retrofits

Around 2010, the Murray School District decided to mitigate against future earthquakes and other natural disasters by undertaking a multiyear retrofit program that brought all its campuses up to current earthquake safety standards.

Fix The Bricks! Fortifying Salt Lake City, Utah – Past, Present and Future

The Wasatch Fault poses one of the most catastrophic natural threat scenarios in the United States. Despite the lack of high magnitude earthquakes in recent history, the Wasatch Front has a 43% chance of experiencing a 6.75 or greater magnitude earthquake in the next 50 years. The City of Salt Lake has partnered with the state to fund life-safety level retrofits to URM homes through the “Fix the Bricks” program, increasing the likelihood of an occupant’s ability to survive a damaging earthquake.

HAZUS-MH Used for American Indian Reservation Pre-Disaster Mitigation

FEMA REGION I - Since 2000, Indian tribes, along with State and local governments, have been writing pre-disaster mitigation (PDM) plans in order to achieve compliance with the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA2000).

Oregon's Plan for Mitigating Earthquakes

OREGON - The Cascadia Subduction Zone Fault is a long sloping fault located off the West coast of the United States which stretches from mid-Vancouver to Northern California. As a result of its enormous size, this fault is capable of producing devastating earthquakes.

Colton Schools Seismic Mitigation

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, CA - The Colton Unified School District, located in San Bernardino County in Southern California, has 26 elementary, middle and high schools and eight separate departmental facilities.

HIHUG Hawaii HAZUS Atlas

To help Hawaii’s disaster managers better prepare for and respond to potentially devastating earthquakes, the Pacific Disaster Center (PDC)—in collaboration with Hawaii State Civil Defense and the Hawaii State Earthquake Advisory Committee (HSEAC)—has created the Hawaii HAZUS Atlas (HHA).

Acquisition and Relocation from Multiple Hazards

LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CA - After the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, the Castaic Union School District conducted a study of the earthquake-related risks.

Public School Retrofit Program Efforts Prompted By Parents and Staff

LAKE WASHINGTON, WA - It was April 29, 1965, when the last major earthquake struck western Washington State. While aware of the possibility of another event, locals had been lax in their efforts to take action.

Contra Costa Food Bank Seismic Relocation

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - On Oct. 17, 1989, an earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter Scale rocked the San Francisco Bay area. Named the Loma Prieta earthquake, it was felt by millions of people in a 400,000-square-mile area. Sixty-three persons died because of the earthquake.

Historic Home Retrofit

POULSBO, WA - In late 1998, Doris Chapot purchased a two-story Cape Cod-style home built in 1902. For years it served as the First Lutheran Church parsonage. In 1940, the parsonage was moved to its present location.