• SAFEq Defined

    SAFEq Institute is an expert resource for building owners, risk managers, engineers, and local jurisdictions seeking to minimize facility and business interruption losses caused by disasters. SAFEq Institute provides training and certification of individuals to provide emergency structural inspection … > read more

  • What is B2B?

    A Back to Business (B2B) Program is a next generation Building Occupancy Resumption Program (BORP). BORP is an award-winning program first established by the San Francisco Dept. of Building Inspection, in cooperation with SEAONC, BOMA, and AIA. The program allows building owners to arrange post-disaster building inspections … > read more

  • Earthquake Risks

    Worldwide, earthquake risk is among the most serious of the risks to the proper functioning of our built environment, and earthquakes threaten life, property, and economic and social stability.  The engineering and emergency management communities use two levels of seismic probability to quantify … > read more

  • Consulting Services

    Comprehensive post-disaster inspection programs and risk reduction strategies for complex, multi-facility clients such as universities, production studios, industrial plants, and large real estate holdings can be provided. > read more

Preparation of Earthquake / Disaster Response Program

Questions & Answers

Earthquakes: Lessons Learned

What business owners need to know and do before the next earthquake.
An interview with David Cocke, S.E., F.SEI, F.ASCE
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San Francisco Shows How to Boost Business Resilience

Explaining the Building Occupancy Resumption Program (BORP)

An Interview with Laurence Kornfield and David Cocke S.E., F.SEI, F.ASCE

Prior to the Loma Prieta quake, the City of San Francisco had a system for post-earthquake building safety and inspections...
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Business Interruption

A building may not be usable after an earthquake – either because physical damage prevents its proper function, or the occupants’ perception of their personal risk is too high, causing them to refuse to enter the building.
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Benefits of Having a Plan

Why Have A Plan?

"With a post-disaster plan in place, the Structural Engineer is committed to arriving on site the day after the event to start their own evaluation and implementation of repairs.

This jumpstarts the process, increases occupant safety, and allows the attending engineer to prepare a recommended posting status for the official inspector.
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Earthquake Stories

  • Oct. 17, 1989. The strongest earthquake to hit the area since the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, it caused more than 60 deaths, thousands of injuries, and widespread property damage. > view photos...
  • The Northridge earthquake was an earthquake that occurred on January 17, 1994, at 04:31 Pacific Standard Time in Reseda, a neighborhood in Los Angeles, California, lasting for about 10–20 seconds. The death toll came to a total of 57 people, and there were over 8,700 injured. In addition, the earthquake caused an estimated $20 billion in damage, making it one of the costliest natural disasters in U.S. history. > view photos...
  • > Costa Rica 1991 | > Ferndale 1992....