FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 7, 2011
Contact: Jim Nicks, Inspection Manager, 503.823.1054 | Jim.Nicks@portlandoregon.gov
(Portland Ore.) The Bureau of Development Services is pleased to announce its new Residential Seismic Strengthening Program for one and two family residential buildings. This program is intended to provide homeowners and contractors a simple guide to evaluating existing homes to determine if certain improvements would be beneficial in order to reduce the risk of earthquake damage.
The standards set forth in the program are based on FEMA recommendations and provisions of the 2006 International Existing Building Code and focus on how to anchor the home to its foundation and strengthen cripple walls, if necessary.
"Providing homeowners streamlined and simple programs to improve the safety of their home is something that we strive to do," stated Paul Scarlett, Bureau of Development Services Director. "This program is a great way to do just that, especially in light of the recent earthquakes happening around the world."
A Residential Seismic Strengthening Program webpage has been developed and can be found under Quick Links at www.portlandoregon.gov/bds. The Residential Seismic Strengthening Brochure provides information on:
- Why many older homes lack foundation anchors.
- What to look for when evaluating a homes need for seismic strengthening.
- How to obtain a permit to perform seismic strengthening and why permitting is important.
- Step-by-step instructions on how to perform the work.
- Limitations that apply to the Residential Seismic Strengthening Program.
For more information on how to prepare for earthquakes or other disasters, please visit the Portland Office of Emergency Management website at http://www.portlandonline.com/oem.
For more information about the Bureau of Development Services and the program and services it provides to the City of Portland please visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bds.