Earthquake Brace+Bolt

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Developed to help policyholders reduce the risk of damage to their older house during an earthquake. 

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This program provides a cash grant up to $3,000 as an incentive to qualifying CEA policyholders. Once retrofit is complete, participants qualify for a 20 percent discount on their insurance policy.


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

Building Officials

Building departments play a critical role in the success of Brace + Bolt Programs. Participating policyholders need their building permit to confirm the 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 W.
Seismic retrofit completed
Los Angeles

About the California Earthquake Authority

CEA is a not-for-profit, privately funded, publicly managed organization that provides residential earthquake insurance and encourages Californians to reduce their risk of earthquake loss. Learn more at​

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