Earthquake Brace+Bolt

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Licensed contractors educated in seismic retrofits are the backbone of CEA BB’s success. California licensed general contractors (with license type A or B), you can help your clients protect their houses and gain valuable skills to help market your business by taking a free online FEMA Education Course to be eligible to join the Contractor Directory.

Why You Should Participate


No Fees
There is no fee for Contractors to join Brace + Bolt Program and be included in the Contractor Directory.
Free Seismic Retrofit Education
Brace + Bolt offers free online FEMA training to promote seismic rehabilitation of houses. Once completed, contractors will be added to the Brace + Bolt Program Contractor Directory.
Brace + Bolt Contractor Directory
The Contractor Directory provides homeowners a resource to search for licensed contractors educated in seismic retrofitting.
Marketing Support
Participating contractors can receive free marketing materials for Brace + Bolt Program, including yard signs.
Program Support
Customer service is available Monday through Friday by calling 800-584-BOLT(2658) or emailing

CEA Brace + Bolt offers select policyholders up to $3,000 in incentive funds towards seismic retrofits and  if they aren’t a “do-it-yourselfer”, they may select someone from the Contractor Directory to receive bids and begin their retrofit projects. As a licensed contractor, you can be added to the Directory by completing the free online FEMA education training. 

In addition, once you complete the training, you can also receive a Brace + Bolt FEMA-Trained logo to use on your website or in printed material in addition to other marketing materials, including yard signs and brochures.

The Retrofit Process

CEA BB was developed  to help select CEA policyholders reduce the risk of damage to their older house during an earthquake with a “code-compliant” brace and bolt retrofit.

As an accommodation to individuals that may have some need to have a third-party representative complete the CEA BB Program Application, we provide the Registration Authorization Form.

The seismic retrofit includes adding anchor bolts and bracing in the crawl space around the perimeter of the foundation to improve the connection between the wooden framing and concrete foundation. Contractors experienced in seismic retrofitting, specifically with California Existing Building Code (CEBC) Chapter A3, 2010 Edition, are sought after for this work. 

Animation Video: Code-Compliant Chapter A3 Retrofit. 


More information on the retrofit.


The program is limited to funding retrofit expenses that:

  • strengthen cripple walls to enable them to function as shear members, significantly protecting the dwelling from collapsing;
  • bolt foundation, enabling the dwelling to remain in place, rather than sliding off the foundation during an earthquake; and
  • properly strap the water heater to reduce the likelihood of water and fire damage, and to protect the water supply.




All retrofit work that complies with Chapter A3 is done in the crawl space and around the perimeter of the foundation. The approved retrofit is for bolting and bracing – anchor bolts or foundation plates and plywood or OSB sheathing on the perimeter cripple walls. (See additional information on qualifying retrofits.)

How To Get Started

Contractors who want to join the Brace + Bolt Program and be part of the Contractor Directory must: 

  • be a California licensed contractor in good standing
  • create an online account and complete registration as a Contractor
  • review all six education videos and successfully pass the quizzes associated with each section.
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