How to prepare your home for an earthquake (and get help paying for retrofits)

Some of the most vulnerable Californians can receive thousands of dollars from the state to better protect their homes.

The Earthquake Brace & Bolt program was established in 2015 by the California Earthquake Authority and the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services in order to stabilize more than 1 million homes that are most at-risk when the earth shifts, jolts and trembles.

How to qualify

Qualifying residents are awarded up to $3,000 to retrofit their residences — typically older houses built before 1980 — to help prevent earthquake damage.

Also, homeowners earning up to $72,080 per household are now eligible for an additional low-income grant on a first-come, first-serve basis. Depending

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