2022 Humboldt Earthquake Recovery Response
Just after 2:30 am, Tuesday, December 20, a Magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck 3 miles offshore of the Eel River Valley in Humboldt County, CA. In response, the County of Humboldt, the State of California, Local Municipalities, and Community Partners coordinated a joint response and recovery effort. The main role of Humboldt County Economic Development in this effort is to collect and disseminate information which may aide our business community and workforce. For resources not related to business or workforce response and recovery;
- Visit the Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services (OES) Website
- Visit Humboldtgov.org/alerts for emergency information from Humboldt County's OES (Office of Emergency Services).
- Subscribe to Humboldt County's Civic Alerts at CivicEngage
- Read the Governor's State Disaster Declaration
*Note: Some of the resources on this page may also apply to impacts caused by 2022/23 winter storm events.
The SBA disaster loan assistance center will remain open and staffed for two more weeks -- through February 10th -- and is relocating from Fortuna to Rio Dell.
- New Location: Rio Dell Community Resource Center (Old Chamber of Commerce Building) 406 Wildwood Avenue Rio Dell, CA 95562.
- Dates Open: Monday, Jan. 30 - Feb. 10, 2023
- Hours of Operation: Mondays - Fridays, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. PT
EDD Tax information and extension to file payroll reports.
For Employers statewide directly affected by the winter storms may request up to a two-month extension of time from the EDD to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit payroll taxes without penalty or interest. This extension may be granted under section 1111.5 of the California Unemployment Insurance Code (CUIC). A written request for extension must be received within two months from the original delinquent date of the payment or return. Visit the Emergency and Disaster Assistance for Employers page for more information.
If you have any questions, contact our Taxpayer Assistance Center at 1-888-745-3886.
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2022 December Ferndale/Humboldt Earthquake Resources for Businesses & Workforce
*List of resources will be updated daily
*Information updated periodically. For the most up-to-date information regarding a specific resource, please reach out to the lead entity and/or the GoHumCo Team.
As was done with COVID, the Office of Economic Development will be collecting countywide data on economic and business losses for the region. This will be needed for the economic injury report which will be submitted to the Feds. Tracking this data is also helpful in securing a federal disaster declaration for Humboldt County which will open up Economic Injury Disaster Loans and other support for businesses. Our office is working closely with the Office of Emergency Services on this effort.
Below is the links to submit economic impacts. Please share this link with all impacted businesses.
The Job Market
The Job Market is available to help employees who have lost their jobs or who are experiencing employment displacement as a result of the earthquake: The Job Market | Humboldt County Economic Development, CA (gohumco.com)
Rapid Response & Layoff Aversion
Rapid Response is a free program which is a pro-active, business-focused, and flexible program designed to respond to layoffs and business closures by quickly coordinating services and providing immediate aid to companies and their affected workers. If you are a business, or work for a business, in need of Rapid Response assistance, contact the Humboldt County Rapid Response Coordinator, Peggy Murphy at email@example.com. If you are an employee, that has already experienced layoff and are in need of supportive services, please reach out to the Job Market at HWC@humboldt.edu.
Small Business Administration (SBA)
Depending on the Disaster, the Smal Business Administration may offer emergency loans to businesses and people affected. Those affected by a disaster may also rebuild stronger by increasing their SBA disaster assistance loan up to 20% of the verified physical damage to make mitigation improvements. Temporary disaster loan office located at Rio Dell Community Resource Center (Old Chamber of Commerce Building) 406 Wildwood Avenue Rio Dell, CA 95562. Open starting Jan. 30 through Feb. 10, 2023. For more information on the SBA and disaster Loans, please follow the links below.
Vocality Credit Union
If you need assistance with temporary housing costs due to displacement, need a small loan to repair home damage to help you stay in your home, or need funds to replace lost food or clothing due to impact from the quake, Vocality Credit Union is currently offering 0% Interest Loans. For more information please follow the website link below:
AEDC Small Business Lending Center finances small businesses in a six county area of Northern California including Humboldt, Del Norte, Lake, Mendocino, Siskiyou and Trinity Counties and is approved to offer SBA Microloans in Shasta County.
The Redwood Region Economic Development Commission (RREDC) is a collaboration of Humboldt County communities dedicated to expanding economic opportunity in Humboldt County and offers loans to businesses.
Humboldt Area Foundation (HAF) & Wild Rivers Community Foundation
Community response team: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 707-442-2993
Disaster Response and Recovery Fund is able to help nonprofits, tribal agencies, and service agencies identify emergency grant funding.
Humboldt and Del Norte Rotary Business Owners
Rotary District 5130 has grant opportunities for rotary member businesses impacted by the earthquake: Rotary District 5130 Business Grant Recovery Program (formsmarts.com)
Northern California Indian Development Council (NCIDC)
Northern California Indian Development Council, Inc (NCIDC) is mounting an emergency and disaster assistance effort in response to recent earthquakes, severe storms, and similar natural phenomenon. They accepting applications from affected, income-eligible American Indian, Alaskan Native and Native Hawaiian households in California.
Chambers of Commerce
Chambers of Commerce are offering services to business impacted by the Earthquake, for more information about the type of resources available, please reach out to your local Chamber for more information.
Community Economic Resilience Consortium (CERC)
On December 21, 2022 at 10 AM, the Community Economic Resilience Consortium (CERC) convened to share quake related info with the business community. Representatives from SBA (Small Business Administration), SBDC (Small Business Development Center), California Workforce Development Board, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, the State Employment Development Department, (etc.) reported out. Local lenders also reported on resources and support programs that are being developed for the business community. A copy of the link for that video is available at the following link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1fVOSiqSdTpVwEc2te_kclaYmx7L0XmF6/view?usp=share_link.RREDC.com.
Humboldt Community Organizations Active in Disasters (COAD)
Humboldt Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) develops and enhances partnerships for communication, coordination and collaboration within our whole community, including businesses, tribes, non-profit and faith-based organizations, and government agencies, before and throughout a disaster, including prevention, mitigation, protection, preparedness, response and recovery. For information about the COAD's response to the 2022 Earthquake, they are asking you to following their social media pages, linked below.
North Coast Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
The SBDC is ready to help you apply for disaster loans and grants, assess the numbers on the financial impact of the disaster(s), brainstorm recovery strategies, and much more: northcoastsbdc.org/join, 707 445 9720 x210, email@example.com
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Business resources for quake preparedness, recovery, and preparing for aftershocks: https://www.ready.gov/sites/default/files/2020-04/ready-buisiness_quakesmart_toolkit.pdf