Program affords rebates for eligible homeowners

February 18, 2017 by  

Resident of Berkeley may be in line for a rebate under the Brace + Bolt program, which allows them to retrofit their homes to make them more earthquake sturdy.

The effort is funded California Residential Mitigation Program (CRMP), which was a joint collaboration between the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and the California Earthquake Authority. Earthquake Brace + Bolt (EPP) is the first program offered by CRMP. It is likely the organization has brochures and other educational materials available to provide homeowners with the information they need.

Certain criteria must be met to be eligible. For example, a qualifying home must be built above a crawl space and unbraced ‘cripple walls’. The home also needed to have been constructed prior to 1979. The retrofit will consist of adding bolts and plywood to strengthen and brace the walls, thus preventing the home from sliding off the foundation in the event of an earthquake.

Those whose home is eligible based on the criteria above should visit the CRMP website for more detailed information to ensure eligibility and to register. Homeowners must also live a zip code 94702 through 94705 or 94707 through 94710.

Registrations must be completed by February 27, and those who qualify will be put into a random drawing. Selected homeowners will be notified and others will be put onto a waiting list.