Updated Residential Earthquake Damage Guidelines for California Released

June 9, 2020

The California Earthquake Authority today released updated guidelines for identifying, evaluating and repairing residential earthquake damage were

The guidelines were updated at CEA’s annual claim manager meeting.

Experts from CEA and the Applied Technology Council presented the new CEA-ATC publication “Earthquake Damage Assessment and Repair Guidelines for Residential Wood-Frame Buildings,” a two-volume set covering common earthquake damage to typical one- and two-family, wood-frame dwellings.

“These guidelines are a critical resource for the claim adjusters working with CEA after an earthquake, and they help to ensure damaged houses can be restored to their pre-earthquake conditions,” said CEA Chief Mitigation Officer Janiele Maffei, who spoke to meeting attendees about this project and CEA’s other ongoing research and mitigation-focused efforts.

The new publication builds on previous work done by the Consortium of Universities for Research in Earthquake Engineering in 2007 and 2010 that has been widely used as part of the California Department of Insurance’s required earthquake training for insurance claim adjusters.

The new guidelines are available for free download on the CEA website (Volume 1, Volume 2) and can be ordered through the ATC website (Volume 1, Volume 2). Volume 1 of the series is intended to be used by insurance claim representatives, building contractors, homeowners and others familiar with construction and repair, while Volume 2 is intended to be used by structural and geotechnical engineers and others with relevant technical experience.

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