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Some homeowners can get help to lessen the potential damage to their houses during an earthquake

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Help is available for some homeowners to secure their homes to potentially minimize earthquake damage

On November 4, 1927, a Magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck near Lompoc. The earthquake caused damage to infrastructure and created a 6-foot Tsunami. But what would happen if that exact scenario played out today?

That’s the question being answered by the California Residential Mitigation Program’s Earthquake Brace + Bolt program, which is "to reimburse them for the cost of retrofitting," explained Glenn Pomeroy, the CEO of the California Earthquake Authority.

Pomeroy told KCLU, the program can help homeowners lessen the potential for damage to their houses during an earthquake by "bracing" the crawl space, when necessary, and "bolting" the house to its foundation.

"Take a home that sit on top if a crawl space. When the ground shakes, those studs wobble and the house falls off its foundation," said Pomeroy. "It doesn't take that much to get someone to go into that crawl space and spend a couple of days just bolting that home into the foundation and wrapping it in plywood and and you've dramatically lowered the vulnerability of that home. "

The program has 15,000 available grants of $3,000.

Registration is open from now until November 29, 2022.

Caroline joined KCLU in October 2020. She won LA Press Club's Audio Journalist of the Year Award this year, and also won two further first place awards, for Lifestyle Feature and Personality Profile/Interview. Last year, Caroline won first place for Use Of Sound. She also won two Golden Mike Awards this year, for Best News Reporting and Best Entertainment Reporting, as well as a National Arts & Entertainment Award from LA Press Club for One-on-One interview. Caroline started her broadcasting career in the UK, in both radio and television for BBC News, 95.8 Capital FM and Sky News and she was awarded the Prince Philip Medal for her services to radio and journalism in 2007. She moved to Los Angeles in 2013 and is both an American and British citizen. Caroline lives in Agoura Hills with her daughter - her proudest production.