Northwest NEWS

May 14, 2001


Home retrofit program in Bothell

In an effort to help its community prepare for the next earthquake, the city of Bothell has teamed up with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide its citizens with a program called Project Impact.
   The city's program is available to pre-1976, one-story homeowners and is a step-by-step home retrofit guide in preparation of an earthquake. The city encourages its homeowners of the value of preventative maintenance in protecting the value of their homes. The program packet costs $104.50 and includes three booklets on Home Earthquake Retrofitting, city of Bothell permit application, list of local contractors, self-help pamphlets and stock plans.
   "Although the recent Nisqually Earthquake caused minor damage in our area, it was a good wake-up call to re-evaluate how prepared we are for the next earthquake," said city of Bothell Building Official Mike DeLack. "Project Impact is the perfect tool to help our citizens be best prepared as possible in their homes. While our program is for pre-1976, one story homes, there are other programs available for other home types."
   Project Impact, a nationwide initiative aimed at getting Americans to think about damage prevention before disasters strike, suggests evaluating homes for ways to make them more disaster resistant as part of the yearly maintenance checks.
   Prevention measures can include:
   Installing storm shutters on windows;
   Installing anchors, clips and straps to secure your home; and
   Anchoring heavy equipment, such as water heaters and bookcases.
   Project Impact packets can be purchased for $104.50 at Bothell's Community Development service counter (9654 NE 182nd Street, Bothell). For more information, call (425) 486-8152.