CA hospitals seek extension for earthquake safety upgrades

Emergency Management Alert, April 20, 2010

Hospitals in San Diego County are pushing for an extension that would allow them to delay earthquake safety upgrades until 2030, reports the Orange County Business Journal.

The recent 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Calexico, CA, has highlighted the need for such safety upgrades, but many San Diego area hospital officials say that seismic retrofitting is costly and that money is a big obstacle in meeting a 2013 deadline. Eight county hospitals have been classified as at-risk and have been told by the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development they have until 2013 to retrofit buildings. The 2013 deadline is an extension of a 2008 deadline that the state eventually extended to hospitals that could show they were making progress toward compliance.

The extension would come as a result of being reclassified to a lower seismic threat level and facilities would not have to be retrofitted or rebuilt until 2030 if reclassified.

Source: Orange County Business Journal

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