The EDC recommends businesses, self-employed individuals, and nonprofits to take the following action steps:
Review the EDC Disaster Preparedness and Resiliency Toolkit for Businesses for full information on the steps above, tips for working with your insurance company and commonly asked questions. CLICK HERE FOR ENGLISH or CLICK HERE FOR SPANISH
As of January 14, 2023, a presidential declaration for a major weather disaster for the state of California has taken into effect due to severe winter storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides.
As of February 1, 2023, BOTH Ventura and Santa Barbara counties are included in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declaration.
Review the immediate recommended actions above and resources below.
On February 1, 2023, the Major Disaster Declaration for the State of California (FEMA-4683-DR) for severe winter storms was amended to include Ventura County for individual assistance, debris removal, and emergency protective measures.
For direct information from the county CLICK HERE.
On January 17, 2023, the Major Disaster Declaration for the State of California (FEMA-4683-DR) for severe winter storms was amended to include Santa Barbara County for individual assistance, debris removal, and emergency protective measures.
ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOAN FROM SBA
The Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL), from the Small Business Administration (SBA), provides up to $2 million in working capital loans to help small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private, non-profit organizations of all sizes meet their ordinary and necessary financial obligations that cannot be met as a direct result of the disaster. These loans are intended to assist through the disaster recovery period.
Application filing deadline for economic injury: October 16, 2023
CLICK HERE to learn more
SBA Customer Service #: 1.800.659.2955
FREE DISASTER-RELATED LEGAL SERVICES
Homeowners and renters in disaster-designated counties affected by the recent severe winter storms and flooding may now have access to free legal advice for disaster-related legal issues. Residents can call a Disaster Legal Service hotline at 888-382-3406 or CLICK HERE. Callers may be asked to leave a message and a specialist will get back to them as soon as possible. Callers should identify their storm-related issue and the county where their storm-damaged property is located.
Some of the issues the legal service can provide help with include:
The hotline is run by the Disaster Legal Assistance Collaborative, a coalition of nonprofits, legal aid organizations, government entities and law firms in California working together to offer free legal services to communities in the aftermath of natural disasters. FEMA provides funding to the collaborative but the attorneys are not FEMA employees. The services they provide are confidential and they do not share information with FEMA.
California has extended the tax filing deadline for Californians impacted by December and January winter storms to October 16, 2023. This relief applies to deadlines falling on or after January 8, 2023, and before October 16, 2023, including the 2022 individual income tax returns due on April 18 and the quarterly estimated tax payments, typically due on January 17, 2023 and April 18, 2023. This includes:
Individuals whose tax returns and payments are due on April 18, 2023.
Quarterly estimated tax payments due January 17, 2023, April 18, 2023, June 15, 2023, and September 15, 2023.
Business entities whose tax returns are normally due on March 15 and April 18.
PTE Elective Tax payments due on June 15, 2023.
Taxpayers affected by a presidentially declared disaster may claim a deduction for a disaster loss. Taxpayers may claim a disaster loss when filing either an original or amended tax year 2022 tax return. When filing their return, taxpayers should write the name of the disaster in blue or black ink at the top of their tax return to alert FTB. If filing electronically, taxpayers should follow the software instructions to enter disaster information. If a taxpayer receives a late filing or payment penalty notice related to the postponement period, they should call the number on the notice to have the penalty abated.
Additional information and instructions are available in FTB Publication 1034, 2022 Disaster Loss: How to Claim a State Tax Deduction. Disaster victims can receive free copies of their state returns to replace those lost or damaged. To do so, they should use form FTB 3516 and write the name of the disaster in blue or black ink at the top of the request.
CLICK HERE for more information.
Impacted taxpayers can request relief:
NO-COST BUSINESS CONSULTING
The EDC Small Business Development Center is providing NO-COST advising to businesses impacted by the disaster, including:
Call 805.409.9159 or CLICK HERE to get started.
RESOURCES FOR AGRICULTURAL PRODUCERS
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides a variety of programs for agricultural producers that have been impacted by natural disasters. Start with the links below and check out the “Agriculture Resources” section below for more details.
Los Angeles County is NOT currently included in the Major Disaster Declaration for the State of California (FEMA-4683-DR) for severe winter storms. However, businesses impacted by the declared disaster can apply for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan provided by the SBA and additional resources are available.
For direct information from the county CLICK HERE.
Cal/OSHA COVID-19 PREVENTION NON-EMERGENCY REGULATIONS
On December 15, 2022, the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board voted to adopt non-emergency COVID-19 prevention regulations. These regulations took effect on February 3, 2023 and will remain in effect for two years after the effective date, except for the recordkeeping subsections that will remain in effect for three years.
These regulations include some of the same requirements found in the COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS), as well as new provisions aimed at making it easier for employers to provide consistent protections to workers and allow for flexibility if changes are made to guidance in the future from the California Department of Public Health.
Note: These regulations apply to most workers in California who are not covered by the Aerosol Transmissible Diseases standard.
CLICK HERE to review the COVID-19 Prevention Non-Emergency Regulations effective February 3, 2023.
CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION (CDC)
As of March 2022, the CDC now recommends masking based on “COVID-19 Community Level.” Levels can be low, medium, or high and are determined by looking at hospital beds being used, hospital admissions, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area. Indoor masking is only recommended universally if the Community Level is high. CLICK HERE for more information.
CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH (CDPH)
On March 1, 2022, the requirement that unvaccinated individuals mask in indoor public settings moved to a strong recommendation that all persons, regardless of vaccine status, continue indoor masking. Universal masking shall remain required in specified high-risk settings. CLICK HERE for more information.
COUNTY OF SANTA BARBARA & SANTA BARBARA FOUNDATION- MICROBUSINESS COVID-19 RELIEF GRANT PROGRAM
The Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant offers $2,500 grants to qualified small business and nonprofit enterprises in Santa Barbara County! Small businesses that earned less than $50,000 in 2019 are encouraged to apply. Funded in part through a grant from the California Office of the Small Business Advocate.
Application Window NOW OPEN: March 7, 2022. Grants will be awarded until grant funding is exhausted. For more information CLICK HERE.
SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (SBA)
The Small Business Administration (SBA) offers federal low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters. CLICK HERE to learn more about the lending options below. SBA Customer Service #: 1.800.659.2955
Loans for those in declared disaster areas: CLICK HERE to check if you are in a declared disaster area.
Loans for those in undeclared disaster areas:
EDC DISASTER BRIDGE LOAN FUND
In addition to our traditional EDC loan funds, EDC is offering 4.25% interest loans from $5,000- $50,000 and a 48-month term through our Disaster Bridge Loan Fund to give a cash flow boost to businesses. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 805.409.9497 for more information.
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA)
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides a variety of programs for agricultural producers that have been impacted by natural disasters. Disaster assistance is provided by three agencies within USDA:
USDA RISK MANAGEMENT
The EDC Small Business Development Center provides NO-COST advising to businesses impacted by disasters, including:
Call 805.409.9159 or CLICK HERE to get started.
DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE (DUA)
Disaster Unemployment Assistance is a federal program that provides financial assistance to jobless workers and the self-employed when they are unemployed as a direct result of a major disaster. When a major disaster has been declared by the President, DUA is generally available to any unemployed worker or self-employed individual who lived, worked or was scheduled to work in the disaster area at the time of the disaster; and due to the disaster:
CLICK HERE for more information and to apply with the Employment Development Department.
UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE (UI) BENEFITS
Unemployment benefits are available for self-employed individuals and employees. If you are out of work or have had your hours reduced, you may be eligible to receive unemployment benefits. CLICK HERE to apply for unemployment with the Employment Development Department.
EDD WORKSHARE PROGRAM
The EDD Workshare Program allows employers to seek an alternative to layoffs – retaining their trained employees by reducing their hours and wages that can be partially offset with UI benefits. Visit the Work Sharing Program website CLICK HERE to learn more about its benefits for employers and employees, and how to apply. Note: Nonprofits are not eligible to participate in EDD Workshare.
WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT BOARD
Local Workforce Development Boards help businesses who need assistance in growing, training or downsizing their workforce. When a business is considering closing or laying off employees, Rapid Response teams can:
Los Angeles County Workforce Development Board CLICK HERE
Ventura County Workforce Development Board CLICK HERE
Santa Barbara County Workforce Development Board CLICK HERE
DISASTER PREPARDNESS CHECKLIST
Are you prepared for the next big disaster? EDC is partnering with the California Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency, the California Academy for Economic Development, and Edison International to promote the statewide Outsmart Disaster campaign! The Outsmart Disaster campaign equips businesses with the tools and resources they need to be prepared for disaster. Here’s two ways you can take immediate action for your business:
Questions? Reach out to the Outsmart Disaster Team at email@example.com.
211 is a comprehensive information and referral system connecting people quickly and effectively to health and human services, disaster relief and public information. The helpline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at no-cost to the caller.
If calling from a local land line, dial 211. If calling from a cellular phone, call your county line below or visit their website:
VENTURA COUNTY HOUSING RIGHTS CENTER
The Housing Rights Center is a private nonprofit organization that is contracted with the County of Ventura to provide Fair Housing Services. Their services include free landlord/tenant counseling, housing discrimination investigation and education on fair housing laws. To connect with the Housing Rights Center call 805.477.5977 and visit their website CLICK HERE.
SANTA BARBARA RESPONSE NETWORK
The Santa Barbara Response Network (SBRN) is a grassroots, non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to supporting fellow community members’ through traumatic experiences and toward resilient recovery. Their trained volunteers offer services such as psychological first aid (PFA), stress management, education about short-term coping and long-term wellness behaviors, and referrals to local agencies for continued care. To learn more click CLICK HERE.
Wellness Everyday provides guidance and mental health resources in English and Spanish for individuals and families. Find local resources and guides for children, teens and adults on a variety of topics to support mental, physical and social wellbeing on their website CLICK HERE.
CONFLICT RESOLUTION INSTITUTE (CRI)
CRI is a community-based non-profit organization that provides mediation services, conflict resolution training and conflict resolution education to individuals and businesses in Ventura, Santa Barbara & LA County. Their services are provided on a sliding scale based on income/gross revenue. Their team is available to help address commercial and residential disputes. They can be contacted by calling 805.384.1313 or by emailing Info@ConflictResolutionVC.org.
The Los Angeles County Public Health Department has issued public health and safety orders to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Please visit the Los Angeles County Public Health Website to view all current safety orders.
The Ventura County Public Health Department has issued public health and safety orders to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Please visit Ventura County Recovers to view all current safety orders.
Santa Barbara Public Health Department has issued public health and safety orders to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Please visit the Santa Barbara Public Health Information Portal to view all current safety orders.
As partners in business assistance, EDC recommends the following organizations dedicated to support businesses in recovery.
The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) serves as the State of California’s leader for job growth, economic development and business assistance efforts. They offer no cost consultation for incentive identification, site selection, regulatory or permitting compliance assistance, foreign direct investment and export assistance. For more information please visit the GO-Biz website.
Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) offers short-term and long-term business consulting to assist businesses with recovering from Covid, improve QuickBooks understanding and pivot their business. Free business-related webinars are regularly held in English and Spanish. For more information please visit WEV’s website.
For over 50 years, SCORE has served as America’s premier source of free business mentoring and education. As a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), SCORE has helped more than 11 million entrepreneurs through mentoring, workshops and educational resources since 1964. For more information please visit SCORE Ventura County or SCORE Santa Barbara County.
This website page is intended to be used as a starting point to help business owners obtain up-to-date information on disaster recovery resources and requirements in the Ventura, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles region. It is not comprehensive. While everything on this page is intended to be accurate, it is not intended legal advice and should not be relied on as such. To obtain legal advice please contact a licensed California attorney. The EDC does not endorse a particular law firm or practice.