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We Provide Earthquake Insurance for Californians

Press Release
May 05, 2017

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California Earthquake Authority creates online tool to evaluate a house’s vulnerability to earthquake damage

QuakeGrade™ streamlines evaluation for home inspectors, contractors, engineers

(SACRAMENTO) The California Earthquake Authority (CEA) has created a free online tool—called QuakeGrade™—to help home inspection specialists evaluate a house’s vulnerability to earthquake damage. The new tool debuted today in San Francisco at the California Real Estate Inspection Association’s annual educational conference.

Using information entered by an inspector, CEA’s new tool collects data about a house’s structural and geological risks. It can calculate a vulnerability score, offer suggestions for improvements and generate a detailed report that can be sent to a homeowner or buyer.

“We want to help Californians learn more about their risks for earthquake damage to their homes,” said CEA CEO Glenn Pomeroy. “QuakeGrade is a great new tool and will help homeowners see what specific steps they can take to lower the risk of shake damage to their house.” 

CEA’s new QuakeGrade™ tool can be used on desktop computers, tablets and smartphones and is available to California-licensed engineers, California-licensed contractors and certified California Real Estate Inspection Association (CREIA) home inspectors (those with the certified CREIA inspector or master CREIA inspector designation). It is based on the CEA-funded FEMA P-50 form for assessing the seismic vulnerabilities of single-family, wood-frame dwellings and the FEMA P-50-1 guidelines for retrofitting those dwellings.

“Seismic inspections will help people learn about their house’s vulnerabilities to shake damage during a strong earthquake,” said CEA Chief Mitigation Officer Janiele Maffei. “QuakeGrade can be part of simplifying the seismic evaluation process.”

QuakeGrade™ is compatible with iOS and Android smartphones and can be used in Internet Explorer 10, Safari and Chrome. Home inspectors, engineers and contractors can register to use it at QuakeGrade.com.  

About CEA

The California Earthquake Authority (CEA) is a not-for-profit, privately funded, publicly managed organization that provides residential earthquake insurance and encourages Californians to reduce their risk of earthquake loss. Learn more at Earthquake​Authority.com​​.

QuakeGrade™ Logo Images

Quake Grade Logo

QuakeGrade™ logo, vertical format. QuakeGrade™ is a new online tool from the California Earthquake Authority that helps home inspection specialists evaluate a house’s vulnerability to earthquake damage.

Quake Grade Logo
QuakeGrade™ logo, horizontal format. QuakeGrade™ is a new online tool from the California Earthquake Authority that helps home inspection specialists evaluate a house’s vulnerability to earthquake damage.

QuakeGrade and the term “QuakeGrade” with the house design are products of the California Earthquake Authority. For high-resolution versions of the QuakeGrade logos, please contact Sarah Sol at ssol@calquake.com.

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