Sonoma County Fire Information
Due to the continuing fires in our area, the Santa Rosa Metro Chamber office is working with reduced staffing and a schedule of 10:00 am to 4:00 pm until further notice.
Our heartfelt sympathies go out to everyone affected – both personally and professionally – by the continuing fires in our area. Our thoughts are with all of you. Please know how important each of you, your families and businesses are to us and this community.
Thank you to those who have stepped up and offered help to their neighbors. Thank you as well to all of our emergency services, government and medical providers who are working to ensure our safety.
Just as our organization was born from the rubble of the 1906 earthquake, we will be here for the community, convening resources and ready to act in rebuilding an even stronger Santa Rosa. In the coming days, we will be reaching out to you to assess both the needs and resources of our member businesses.
Fire Recovery Resources for Business
We will be compiling resources for businesses over the coming days and weeks.
Local Assistance Center - The LAC is a one-stop-shop with critical services for residents who have been impacted by the fires. The LAC will be open from 9:00am to 7:00pm for at least two weeks and likely longer at the Press Democrat building in downtown Santa Rosa at 427 Mendocino Ave. between Ross and 5th Streets. Parking is free off of B St. in the city lot. The site is wheelchair accessible. Spanish translators and a children’s play area will be available. Residents and business operators can prepare now for this opportunity by collecting any personal documentation and paperwork they may have available, such as insurance policy numbers, birth certificates, driver’s license, social security card, passport, veterans’ information, etc. It is helpful to have this information available but not required in order to receive assistance.
Unemployment Assistance - For all those missing work due to the North Bay fires, you may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance or Disaster Unemployment Assistance.
Job Link Business Services - Business owners and managers can contact the Job Link Business Services Team at 707-565-8079 to coordinate unemployment and job seeking services for your employees, to assist them in regaining their footing as quickly as possible. If your business was not affected but you have openings, they are making direct connections with displaced workers seeking work in the area: https://sonomawib.org/post-a-job/.
Property Taxes - Info on disaster relief provisions for property tax assessments from the Sonoma County Assessor's Office
Tax Credits - Info on deducting disaster losses from the Franchise Tax Board
Tax Exemptions for Equipment - Manufacturing and research & development equipment exemptions from the Board of Equalization
IRS Tax Relief and Extensions - more information at BPM's website
Financing - Disaster assistance loans from the Small Business Administration. Low-interest and state-guaranteed business loans from the California IBank. Small-business and state-guaranteed loans from CalCap. Small business microloans from Working Solutions.
Relocation or rebuilding - incentives from GoBiz Business Investment Services.
FEMA assistance - information, support and services from the FEMA disaster assistance website
Where to offer help:
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. https://www.redwoodcu.org/northbayfirerelief
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. http://www.sonomacf.org/support-resilience-fund/ or 707-303-9620.
Staying up to date or needing help:
For life-threatening emergencies, dial 911.
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.
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.
Sonoma County Fire Info is an aggregator of information that includes a number of resources.
Missing persons or check in as safe:
Check in or search registrants at the Red Cross' Safe & Well site.
Check in on Facebook on the crisis response page.
File a missing persons report by calling 707-565-3856.