Earthquake

BCEGS Bracket Busters – Final Four!

We’re down to the last four teams in this year’s college basketball tournament, and it seems that using Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule (BCEGS®) scores isn’t the best method for...

BCEGS Bracket Busters!

March Madness is upon us as the college basketball playoffs begin. Everyone has a unique method for filling out the brackets, whether it’s loyally choosing your alma mater against their rivals,...

FLASH 2014: Revelations around resilience

Recently, ISO Community Mitigation manager Ralph Dorio and I attended the 2014 FLASH Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. FLASH , the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, is one of the country’s...

Building codes: From one extreme to the other

I was fortunate — for two reasons — to visit Newport Beach, California, recently. First, Newport Beach is a really nice place. In the depths of winter, the average low temperature is 50 degrees, an...

Not quite the anniversary you had in mind

Marking a 25th anniversary in the rolling hills of Northern California wine country sounds appealing — unless you commemorate that event with a 6.0-plus magnitude earthquake. On August 24, one hit...

PCS Site Visit: American Canyon Earthquake

Last week, I was in Napa Valley conducting site visits of residential and commercial structures following the American Canyon earthquake. I also visited the insurance village at the Red Cross Relie...