Headquartered in Southern California, ATI understands the devastation earthquakes leave behind. Whether earthquake damage comes from the initial quake or the aftershocks, our CAT (catastrophe services) teams are ready to respond. From minor structural chimney damage to major fire damage caused by dislodged electrical and gas lines, we mobilize quickly to get your business back on track.
As the nation’s largest family-operated disaster recovery firm, ATI brings over 30 years of experience in getting your business back after an earthquake disaster. Catastrophe recovery services after a quake range from structural reconstruction and recovery to preparing your business with Emergency Response Agreements (ERA) before disaster strikes.
Establishing ATI as your disaster recovery firm and drafting an ERA are critical steps in creating a disaster recovery plan. In addition, its pre-determined pricing and terms will reduce recovery delays and unexpected expenses. Ensuring that mitigation of earthquake damage happens fast is key in bringing your business back to operational status.
If you are located in an earthquake-prone area, include the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Earthquake readiness checklist in your disaster plan. These resources are designed to help you and your building occupants understand earthquake safety to plan for and survive a major earthquake. By being prepared, you can lessen the devastating impacts of an earthquake by mitigating earthquake hazards in your building. Keep emergency supplies and first aid kits on hand, and plan for what to do before, during, and after a disaster.
If you are unsure if your area is prone to earthquakes, check with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the Department of Interior (DOI) for information on your area’s risks for natural disasters. Discuss the need for earthquake insurance with your insurance provider to help make disaster recovery a smoother, more affordable process.
Structural Cleaning & Repairs
Once disaster strikes, ATI’s team can provide essential structural repairs your building requires, within compliance of all State and Local guidelines and following building codes. After thorough structural cleaning, we perform a wide range of repairs, including concrete repair and concrete restoration, precast repairs and replacement, re-framing, steel repair and replacement, and more. The team is thorough, re-installing all building materials that made up the original building before damage.
Demolition & Debris Removal
Whether from a natural catastrophe or selective demolition, we remove construction debris. Concrete, asphalt, wood, aluminum, corrugated cardboard, and several other kinds of other metals can usually be recycled. Any debris that is unable to be reduced, reused, or recycled is properly and safely disposed of. In addition, all hazardous materials, like lead-based paint or asbestos, are handled within guidelines, remediated, and properly disposed of prior to demolition.
ATI responds quickly to emergency situations requiring temporary board up. Boarding gives protection from natural elements and catastrophes and provides security from illegal entry or vandalism. We board up window openings and storefronts with solid and sturdy solutions and provide reliable options for temporary access doors that are locked and secured.
Vandalism Cleanup & Restoration
When your building is vandalized, our repairs focus on repairing critical business operation areas of your building. Our team has the equipment and experience to remove defacement of any kind from even the toughest surfaces, interior or exterior, including drywall, concrete, asphalt, plastic, flooring, wood, brick, all masonry, and glass. Our vandalism restoration services may include graffiti removal, general cleaning, disinfecting, power washing, and odor removal.
Depending on the strength of the tremor, building utilities, roofing, and the structure may be affected. Affected utilities may lead to fires and/or water damage. If the structural integrity of the building has been compromised, vacate the premises. After an Earthquake, always check the following:
After a natural disaster, the disaster recovery specialists at ATI will assess the situation and make recovery process recommendations for safety and repairs. We oversee reconstruction so that business can resume as quickly as possible.
From there, we work closely with your insurance company to plan for repairs and restoration. Our methodology is proven, and our responders are ready to help you navigate any seismic hazards after any magnitude earthquake.
Earthquake preparedness assessment and a response strategy can help put your mind at ease in the event of an earthquake. Auditing your property, understanding your risk levels, documenting your contents, reviewing your insurance policy to be sure it includes appropriate earthquake insurance, and establishing a relationship with a reputable disaster recovery firm is all part of an emergency plan and solid recovery. Discuss ways for tenants, guests, employers, workers, and all other types of building occupants to prepare for an earthquake by developing an emergency response plan and conducting workplace training. Preparedness includes planning for an earthquake before it occurs, equipping everyone with information and emergency supply and first aid kits, training, and implementing preparedness plans.
Seismic codes (or earthquake codes) are building codes designed to protect different types of property and human during an earthquake. Seismic codes were created in response to major earthquakes which have caused devastation in highly populated regions, such as San Francisco and Los Angeles. These codes help enforce seismic retrofit regulations on existing buildings and make sure new construction meets seismic performance standards, ensuring functionality of earthquake engineering measures implemented into the design and build.