Optimum Seismic Participates in SEAOSC Safer Cities Summit

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The two-day conference, held in Los Angeles, focused on seismic engineering, policy and collaboration in helping Southern California prepare and respond to the next major earthquake.

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Each member of the community has a role to shape the outcome after the next earthquake by what we do today.

Optimum Seismic, the leading seismic retrofit company for the Greater Los Angeles region, participated in the Structural Engineers Association of Southern California’s Strengthening Our Cities Summit held Nov. 17 and 18 in Los Angeles.

The two-day program featured back-to-back presentations and panel discussions on earthquake safety, with topics ranging from the impacts of earthquakes on buildings, to ways that engineers can build more resilient cities.

Optimum Seismic was a silver sponsor of the event, which featured noted seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones, who spoke on her research for the Safer Cities Survey, a study that addresses the most vulnerable buildings in the Southern California region and the steps jurisdictions have taken across the region in working to get them retrofitted.

The program also included a keynote address from Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian, who explained what is happening at the state level to support local jurisdictions in strengthening vulnerable buildings.

A panel discussion, titled, “Back to Work: How Policy Can Help a City Rebound After an Earthquake,” addressed the ability for the region to get back to normal after a major quake, and how much of a region’s recovery is dependent on the rapid reopening of businesses.

Culminating the conference was a presentation, “Pushing for Resilience: How You Can Help,” in which officials discussed the various roles everyone must play to prepare Southern California for its next major quake.

“Strengthening the safety of our cities takes more than just those with knowledge of building construction and performance,” the presentation summary stated. “Each member of the community has a role to shape the outcome after the next earthquake by what we do today.”

SEAOSC President Jeff Ellis discussed how partnerships such as those formed at the event are an important part of promoting public awareness and action toward stronger and more resilient communities. Additionally, he said, “We thank all the sponsors for supporting the summit and these important conversations.”

Optimum Seismic is the L.A. area’s leading retrofit company and AAGLA’s Preferred Supplier for earthquake retrofit engineering and construction. The company has more than 30 years of experience and has completed more than 1,700 retrofits throughout the state of California. For information, visit http://www.optimumseismic.com.

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