Now you can apply for a grant to receive up to 75% of your seismic retrofit cost.
Unreinforced masonry (URMs) buildings and homes create the greatest risk for the Salt Lake Valley in the expected Utah earthquake. Salt Lake City’s Fix the Bricks facilitates seismic improvements for its residents URMs in an effort to save lives by reducing the number of deaths, injured and trapped after an earthquake. Preparedness starts at home. Act now!
***If you are visiting the site because of the KSL article. We would like you to be aware there are some clarifications:
We apply for federal grant dollars every year . We are not guarantee an award. We have been working with the State and FEMA to use pre-disaster mitigation funding. We intend this to be a project that continues for several years and we currently have a waiting list of applicants. We treat each application on a first come first serve basis. The numbers of homes fluctuate depending on the amount of money available. Even once accepted into the program it can take a year before getting some work done in the house through the grant.
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Is your home at risk?
Use the map link below to determine if your home is at risk
Building Damage Estimate Interactive Map
Congratulations on winning a 2019 Western States Seismic Policy Council (WSSPC) Overall Award in Excellence in the category Mitigation Efforts!
Nominated for the Fix the Bricks program. The awards will be given at the 2019 Western States Seismic Policy Council Annual Meeting held at The Marriott University Park in Salt Lake City, Utah, at an Awards Lunch on April 26, 2019.
The meetings being held that week are the National Earthquake Program Managers’ meeting (FEMA’s program) from April 23 to April 26, followed by the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) Earthquake Subcommittee meeting in the afternoon of Thursday, April 25 and the WSSPC annual meeting afternoon on Friday, April 26.
What to expect?
The funding that supports this program comes from the federal pre-disaster mitigation grant. The city intends to apply for the grant every year and every year we try to increase the amount of properties we are capable of bringing in to the program. During open enrollment grant periods, we go through applications on the wait-list based on the order we have received them. To get on the waiting list complete the registration form.
You will be contacted by us to set up a home evaluation once your name has moved close to the top. Once you are accepted in the program you will go through several phases.
For more information email: email@example.com or call 801.799.3698.
We are aware it can take some time to be accepted into the program, this email is to provide you with additional information about the application process. The funding that supports this program comes from the federal pre-disaster mitigation grant. The city intends to apply for the grant every year and every year we try to increase the amount of properties we are capable of bringing in to the program. During open enrollment grant periods, we go through applications on the wait-list based on the order we have received them in. You will be contacted by us to set up a home evaluation once your name has moved further up the queue. At the point that we have come out and evaluated your home, participation in the program has several phases. Currently you are in the pre-application phase. The next phase of the application process includes a home evaluation, a homeowners meeting, a project scope of work with seismic details from an engineer, a historic review and a benefit cost analysis. All the work from the application phase is then reviewed by the grant authorities. Once we have the award there is a contract phase. This is when you would get construction bids and submit necessary documentation of your ability to pay your portion. If all your paperwork is approved, the construction phase can begin. The final phase is a closeout phase to make sure everyone has been paid and to verify that all seismic work has been completed.
Frequently Asked Questions
We hope that this information gives you a better idea of what to expect and why it takes so long. Please continue to be patient with us as we look forward to working with you as soon as we have the availability.
We will be in touch as more information becomes available; we are looking forward to working with you in making our community safer!
Utah Preservation Directory for contractors, engineers, etc.
Utah Guide of URM Dwellings
Utah Seismic Safety Commission
Where to find earthquake information (USSC)
How Likely is the Utah Earthquake? (USSC)
Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)
Learn about the Wasatch Fault (EERI)
See the Wasatch Fault Magnitude 7.0 Scenario Report
Utah Division of State History
Utah Historic Preservation Tax Credit
Utah Heritage Foundation
SLC Building Permits and Enforcement
SLC Housing and Neighborhood Development (HAND)
Other SLC Emergency Preparedness Programs