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Emergency Information

For Sonoma County emergency information, go to

If you are a business owner or employee of a business that has been affected by a recent natural disaster, check here for information about your next steps.

The EDB has worked with various partners to compile a comprehensive list of local, state and government resources and benefits for businesses affected by disasters.  Resources listed below include potentially available funding to help rebuild, cover payroll, tax credits and incentives, and help filing claims.

Affected Businesses and Employees


          • Creative Sector Recovery

            Emergency Preparedness: Whether you are an artist, creative professional, or arts organization manager – it pays (both in time and money) to have an emergency preparedness plan.

            Emergency Resources: Provides lists of emergency resources for artists and arts organizations, sorted by discipline, followed by general assistance organizations. These resources are available for a variety reasons – from natural disasters to personal medical needs.

          • Sonoma County Recovers: Official website for all information concerning the Sonoma County recovery.

            Affected Businesses


            California Department of Insurance: Assistance with filing claims

            Property Taxes

            Sonoma County Assessor: Property tax reassessment due to misfortune or calamity

            Business Taxes

            Payroll Extension: Extension on filing State payroll reports and taxes.

            Tax Credits

            Franchise Tax Board: Info on deducting disaster losses


            California IBank: Low interest and state-guaranteed business loans and microloans affected by a disaster. Small businesses, including small farms, nurseries, agriculture-related enterprises and nonprofits that have suffered an economic loss and/or physical damage may apply for the Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program (DRLGP) which offers loans up to $1 million for Disaster Relief Borrowers. 

            CalCap: Small business and state-guaranteed loans

            Working Solutions: Small business micro-loans

            Relocation / Rebuilding

            GoBiz Business Investment Services: Site consultation and business incentives for relocation.

            North Coast Builders Exchange: Connects businesses needing repair and rebuilding services with local construction firms.

            Workforce Resources

            • Business owners and managers can coordinate unemployment services.
            • Job matching for dislocated workers, workshops, and more.

            Employees of Affected Businesses

            Employee Resources

              • Apply for unemployment benefits and COBRA coverage.
              • Looking for new job opportunities with other local employers.

              Contact Information

              Lauren Cartwright

              Business Retention and Expansion Program Manager

              Economic Development Board
              Contact us by Phone

              Contact Information

              Marcos J. Suarez

              Asistencia a Negocios en Español

              Economic Development Board
              Contact us by Phone

              Contact Information

              Christine Palmer

              Business Development Program Manager

              Economic Development Board
              Contact us by Phone
              141 Stony Circle, Suite 110
              Santa Rosa, CA 95401