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Fire Recovery Business Resources and a Comprehensive List of Links

Author: North Bay Business community
November, 2017 Issue

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Staying up to date or needing help:

For life-threatening emergencies, dial 911.


Fema Centers - 
Sonoma County: First floor of The Press Democrat building at 427 Mendocino Ave. in Santa Rosa. It’s open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Napa County: Napa County Health and Human Services Building A, Conference Center 2751 Napa Valley Corporate Drive, Napa CA 94559

Phone: (707) 299-2190
Hours (for week of October 16th -- October 22nd)
Monday, October 16th-Friday, October 20th: 9am to 7pm
Saturday October 21st and Sunday October 22nd: 10am to 5pm


The County of Sonoma has county-wide information including shelters, evacuation areas and clinics.

The City of Santa Rosa has information specific to the Santa Rosa area including shelters and evacuation areas.

Please refer to local media such as (1350-AM or 103.5-FM), (101.1-FM) or

Nixle keeps you up-to-date with relevant information from your local public safety departments. Sonoma County Sheriffs Office updates. Santa Rosa Police Department updates. To receive text updates and alerts, text your ZIP code to 888-777.

Cal Fire Updates

California Office of Emergency Services

Sonoma County Fire Info is an aggregator of information that includes a number of resources.

Fire Recovery Business Resources

If you are a business owner or employee of a business that has been affected by the Sonoma County Fires, check Sonoma County EDB’s Fire Recovery Resource for information about your next steps.


Understanding Your Homeowners policy Fire Restoration


Where to offer help:


Red Cross

Red Cross is in need of volunteers to immediately assist with check-in, supply distribution and other activities as needed. If you are willing and able to volunteer sign up at:  

Redwood Empire Food Bank

If you would like to volunteer with the food bank, visit: 3990 Brickway Blvd, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Volunteer Center of Sonoma County

If you would like to volunteer your time/expertise or donate supplies to help those affected by the fires please email the Volunteer Center: or call: 707-573-3399. You’ll be contacted by the County of Sonoma. Website:


Redwood Credit Union North Bay Fire Relief

Redwood Credit Union (RCU), in partnership with RCU Community Fund, The Press Democrat, and Senator Mike McGuire, is now accepting financial donations to aid relief efforts and assist victims of the 2017 North Bay fires. 100% of your tax-deductible donations will go directly to support those affected by the fires.

Community Foundation Sonoma County Resilience Fund

Community Foundation Sonoma County has launched the Sonoma County Resilience Fund to address the mid to long-term needs of our community. or 707-303-9620.


Airbnb has activated its Open Homes program for the North Bay. The program, established in 2012, allows hosts to open up their homes for free to people needing shelter. The company released a statement saying it was in need of more hosts to volunteer. Find out more here.

Tech workers in San Francisco also started a Google Doc to connect evacuees with housing assistance. If you have space in your home and would welcome evacuees, you’re invited to add your name to the list.

SHARE Sonoma County is arranging emergency home shares for displaced homeowners or renters in Sonoma County. Those willing to host a person or family for anywhere from days to months should contact PPSC SHARE Sonoma County at Volunteers to help with phones can visit the Petaluma People Services Center at 1500 Petaluma Blvd., South, Petaluma.


California Department of Insurance

Assistance with Filing Claims

Property Taxes

Sonoma County Assessor

Property tax reassessment due to Misfortune or Calamity

Tax Credits

Franchise Tax Board

Info on deducting disaster losses

Board of Equalization

Manufacturing and R&D Sales and Use Tax Exemptions for equipment


California IBank

Low interest and state-guaranteed business loans


Small Business and state-guaranteed loans

Working Solutions

Small Business micro-loans


GoBiz Business Investment Services

Site consultation and business incentives for relocation

Workforce Resources

Sonoma County Job Link

Job matching for dislocated workers, workshops, and more.

Employees and Affected Businesses

A variety of business tax deadlines are also affected, including the Oct. 31 deadline for quarterly payroll and excise tax returns. Calendar-year tax-exempt organizations whose 2016 extensions run out on Nov. 15, 2017 also qualify for the extra time.

In addition, the IRS is waiving late-deposit penalties for federal payroll and excise tax deposits normally due after Oct. 8 and before Oct. 23, if the deposits are made by Oct. 23, 2017. Details on available relief can be found on the disaster relief page on

Sonoma County Job Link’s Business Services Team is assembling resources to help employees of businesses affected by the fires who need to:

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

Anyone interested in accessing these critical services should call the Business Services Team at (707) 565-8079, or access their website at

Payment to employees affected by the the local fires.-


Calamity allows claiming property tax relief due to the fire. Once new property is built, prop 50 allows transfer of base year value to the replacement property. To download the form, click here


Victims of wildfires in parts of California have until Jan. 31, 2018, to file certain individual and business tax returns and make certain tax payments. This includes an additional filing extension for taxpayers with valid extensions that run out Monday, Oct. 16. The IRS is providing relief to seven California counties: Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Sonoma and Yuba. More information is available on the IRS website.

In response to recent natural disasters, the IRS is offering two webinars—Oct. 18 (8-10 a.m.) and Oct. 19 (8-10 a.m.)—that will cover tax relief for individuals and businesses; special rules for disaster areas; and how disaster losses affect taxes, among other related issues. Each webinar will also include a live question and answer session.


California taxpayers impacted by wildfires are granted an extension to file 2016 California tax returns and make payments until Jan. 31, 2018. FTB automatically follows federal postponement periods for any presidentially declared disasters. Disaster victims can receive free copies of state returns to replace lost or damaged ones by completing Form FTB 3516, Request for Copy of Tax Return and printing the name of the disaster in red ink (for example, Tubbs Fire) at the top of the request.

Also, taxpayers may claim a deduction for a disaster loss sustained in an area proclaimed by the governor to be in a state of emergency. For a list of all disasters declared by the governor, see the Qualified Disasters chart on FTB’s Disaster Loss webpage. Additional information and instructions are available in FTB Pub. 1034, How to Claim a State Tax Deduction for Your Disaster Loss

Other State Resources

 Disaster related information and guidance for employers and individuals is being offered through other state agencies, including the EDD, California Department of Tax and Fee Administration and BOE.



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