Simpson Strong-Tie, the industry leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, has partnered with the nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) to host QuakeSmart Earthquake Business Preparedness Summits to provide businesses with specific, actionable steps to improve preparedness and avoid business interruption.

The latest summits will be held November 3-4 in the San Francisco Bay Area. The summits will feature USGS Geologist David Swartz and the chief resilience officers for the cities of San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley. Simpson Strong-Tie has supported the summits since 2014 throughout the western U.S., including in Riverside and San Mateo, Calif., St. Louis, Mo., Yuma, Ariz., Kent, Wash. and Portland, Ore. Nearly 400 attendees have participated in the programs to date.

The summits are part of a continuing series of earthquake damage prevention workshops offered nationally that feature the FEMA QuakeSmart Community Resilience Program, which provides comprehensive earthquake assessments, engineering and retrofit information designed to keep businesses open after a seismic event, and information about how to budget for business retrofit projects.

Simpson Strong-Tie is committed to providing education and resources for buildings to better withstand seismic events. For resources on seismic retrofitting of homes and other buildings, visit and

For more information or to sign up for the free summits in the Bay Area, go to