Earthquake Brace+Bolt

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CEA  BRACE + BOLT

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

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Policyholders

This program provides a cash grant up to $3,000 as an incentive to qualifying CEA policyholders. Once retrofit is complete, participants may qualify for up to a 25 percent discount on their insurance policy (after July 1, 2019). 

Contractors

Policyholders hiring a contractor for their CEA BB retrofit must hire from the Contractor Directory. To be on the Contractor Directory and have access to free marketing materials, take the free online FEMA training provided.

Building Officials

Building departments play a critical role in the success of Brace + Bolt Programs. They must issue a final permit  that states the  retrofit was done in accordance with  Chapter A3 or an approved standard plan set. 

Licensed Design Professional

CEA BB was created to provide incentives to Qualifying CEA Policyholders to seismically retrofit wood-frame older residential structures with raised foundations. 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.

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Stay current on CEA's multiple Brace + Bolt programs including what ZIP Codes each program will expand to next.

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 EarthquakeAuthority.com​

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

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