Seismic Retrofit for Single-Family Properties

The first step in protecting your single-family home from earthquake damage is understanding how earthquakes cause structural damage. Learn about how you can protect against earthquake damage by visiting the California Earthquake Authority website. The site also provides information on the structural risks associated with particular single-family home construction types and different types of preventative retrofit measures than can be taken, such as foundation anchors and cripple-wall bracing, to strengthen a structure against earthquake damage.  

The California Earthquake Authority (CEA) offers two grant programs to assist eligible homeowners pay for retrofit costs:

  • CEA Brace + Bolt (CEA BB) offers grants of up to $3,000 to current CEA policyholders for houses that qualify.
  • Earthquake Brace + Bolt (EBB) offers grants of up to $3,000 to homeowners in certain higher-earthquake risk ZIP codes for houses that qualify.