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Earthquake Prep Seminars to Focus on Creating a Safer LA County

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LOS ANGELES -- A series of earthquake preparedness seminars focused on creating a safer Los Angeles County has been announced by the Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed).

In the aftermath of this summer's 7.1 earthquake in Ridgecrest and widespread destruction caused by wildfires in surrounding areas, BizFed, in partnership with Optimum Seismic has curated an educational series to help local business leaders prepare for imminent natural disaster in Los Angeles County. Presentations will examine steps that can be taken now to create more resilient businesses before disasters strike.

In observance of National Disaster Preparedness Month in September and the California Shakeout on October 17, this series is a result of collaboration between the Los Angeles County Business Federation, Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation, Southern California Association of Governments, and Optimum Seismic, Inc. are partnering on this educational workshop series about actions businesses can take to avoid devastation from earthquakes. Key presenters in the program include the Los Angeles Office of Emergency Services and the Office of Sustainability.

"These seminars will present timely and relevant information on how to protect your business, property, employees and tenants," says BizFed Founding Chief Executive Officer Tracy Hernandez. "We encourage local businesses and organizations to learn how they can prepare for and respond to the natural hazards facing all communities in Los Angeles County."

"Increasing public awareness of how businesses can use earthquake engineering to make our cities safer is the major goal of these seminars," says Ali Sahabi, chief operating officer of Optimum Seismic, Inc. and a leader in seismic resiliency and sustainability.

"There is a great deal at stake," says Sahabi. "USC researchers estimate the eight-county region of Southern California could suffer property damage of $113 billion in a major earthquake, with additional business-related impacts of $68 billion or more."

"Recovery from a major earthquake that directly hits our densely populated urban area will take years, if not decades," adds Sahabi. "FEMA estimates 40 percent of businesses that close their doors as a result of disasters will never reopen."

"Protecting our existing business community and growing new, high-quality jobs in our area is a vital part of the mission of the Southern California Association of Governments," says Kome Ajise, Executive Director of SCAG. "These seminars are intended to enhance the seismic resilience of our businesses, which is critical to maintaining the economic vitality of Southern California. "

The seminars will be held at five convenient locations throughout Los Angeles County. To reserve your seat, register at https://bizfedlacounty.org/resiliency.






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