Earthquake Brace+Bolt

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Brace + Bolt

Developed to help homeowners lessen the potential for damage to their houses during an earthquake.


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Is your house earthquake-ready? If an earthquake happened today, would your house stay on its foundation? You may qualify for up to $3,000 toward a seismic retrofit of your house.


FEMA EBB encourages homeowners to use licensed contractors experienced in seismic retrofitting. FEMA EBB is free to contractors and to be included in the Contractor Directory all you have to do is take the online FEMA training provided.

Building Departments

Building departments play a critical role in the success of FEMA EBB. They must confirm that a code-complaint retrofit was done in accordance with Appendix Chapter A3 or an approved standard plan set.


EBB was created to provide incentives to California homeowners to seismically retrofit wood-frame residential structures. An engineered solution is required for some retrofits.

Watch a Brace + Bolt Retrofit in Action

The Brace + Bolt programs provide grants for a specific "building-code-compliant" seismic retrofit. This type of retrofit strengthens an older house to help prevent it from sliding off the foundation during an earthquake.

I thought it would be harder and take longer but the contractor I chose took care of everything and did it fast.”

Mark Whitney
Seismic retrofit completed March 2015
Los Angeles, CA

Established by the California Residential Mitigation Program.

EBB offers financial incentives to help California homeowners retrofit their houses to reduce potential damage from earthquakes. CRMP is a joint powers authority created by the California Earthquake Authority and the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.

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