Earthquake Bracing Guidelines

Non-Structural Seismic Bracing

When an earthquake shakes unrestrained objects, they can slide, swing, overturn, or strike people or other objects. File cabinets, freestanding bookshelves, office equipment, and items stored on shelves or racks can all cause serious injuries by their movement during an earthquake.

Most injuries that occur during earthquakes are caused by the movement of the building’s contents, not by the movement of the building itself.

The Q-BRACE program provides guidance to campus departments to address non-structural seismic safety hazards.