SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Oct. 8, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — Salt Lake City Emergency Management has received a grant of nearly $4 million for its Fix the Bricks program, officials said Tuesday.
“Each year, SLC Emergency Management applies to receive funding from FEMA’s Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program, specifically for Fix the Bricks,” said a news release from the Mayor’s Office. This year’s award is nearly $4 million to continue funding for pre-selected projects participating in the program.
“This will enhance safety for Salt Lake City residents during an earthquake by reducing collapse potential in unreinforced masonry (URM) dwellings,” the news release said. The funding will go toward approved seismic retrofits in addition to contractor training to accommodate increasing demand.
“Our priority is life safety, if you live in a URM home consider implementing structural and nonstructural improvements,” said Audrey Pierce, critical infrastructure coordinator and Fix the Bricks program manager for Salt Lake City’s Emergency Management office.