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ESS Program ZIP Codes

How are Earthquake Soft-Story (ESS) Grant Program ZIP Codes Selected?

The ESS grant program is a pilot program and currently available only for qualified homes in select ZIP Codes. New areas will be added with every program year, if additional funding allows.

ZIP Codes for the pilot program were identified based on:

  • Areas of highest seismicity (frequency of earthquakes) using the United States Geological Survey earthquake hazard map for California,
  • Areas with a high number of pre-2000 houses, and
  • Where a local building department was willing to accept the use of the prescriptive plan sets in FEMA P-1100, which are the construction plan sets used for ESS retrofits.
This selection process was approved by the California Residential Mitigation Program Governing Board, which advises ESS.


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