Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

Resilience by Design - Building a Stronger Los Angeles

Resilience By Design

Released in December 2014, Resilience by Design addresses Los Angeles’ greatest earthquake vulnerabilities, including building retrofitting and steps to secure our water supply and communications infrastructure. The report presents the recommendations of the Mayoral Seismic Safety Task Force. These recommendations suggest strategic solutions to protect the lives of our residents; improve the capacity of the City to respond to earthquakes; prepare the City to recover quickly from earthquakes; and protect the economy of the City and all of Southern California.  

The Mayoral Seismic Task Force evaluated four areas of seismic vulnerability: pre-1980 “non-ductile reinforced concrete” buildings: pre-1980 “soft-first story” buildings; water system infrastructure (including impact on firefighting capability); and telecommunications infrastructure.

picture of an earthquake registering