Los Angeles Releases Large-Scale Earthquake Preparedness Plan

Los Angeles has been hard at work, under the leadership of Dr. Lucy Jones, to prepare for the ever-present threat of earthquakes. The Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti released the plan, called "Resilience by Design," earlier this week.

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December 12, 2014, 1:00 PM PST

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


"In the wake of damaging reports about Los Angeles’ unpreparedness for the next Big One, Mayor Eric Garcetti yesterday proposed a new earthquake plan that, if passed, would require owners to retrofit thousands of wood frame and concrete buildings," reports San Lubell.

Among other actions, the report "would specifically target 'soft-first-story' buildings and 'non-ductile reinforced concrete' buildings built before 1980. It also recommends shoring up the city’s water supply in the case of an earthquake, developing an alternative firefighting water supply and facilitating stronger pipes and aqueducts."

Lubell also provides details about the cost of the plan. For more on the development of the plan itself, see an interview with Dr. Lucy Junes from the November issue of The Planning Report

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