Oakland, Calif. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded $1.9 million to the Los Angeles Unified School District (L.A. Unified) to earthquake retrofit Seventy-Fourth Street & Gifted Magnet Elementary School. Funds will be used to strengthen the resistance of the building’s foundation, walls and roof against seismic activity.
Completion of the project will improve the building’s safety for students, teachers and staff, and minimize damage to school property in the event of an earthquake. It will also contribute to the greater safety of Los Angeles residents. Under a mutual agreement, L.A. Unified permits the Red Cross to use its schools and equipment for public shelters and emergency evacuation centers after a disaster.
Since 1994, L.A. Unified has secured 27 additional Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) awards to earthquake retrofit county schools – a testament to the district’s long-term disaster preparedness strategy that supports individuals, organizations, and communities in the greater L.A. area.
The $1.9 million project will be funded by a $1.4 million HMGP award from FEMA, with non-federal sources covering the remaining $500,000.
FEMA’s HMGP helps states, territories, federally-recognized tribes, local communities and certain private, non-profit organizations become more resilient to potential infrastructure damage and reduce future disaster costs.