Financial Assistance - Earthquake

September 9, 2014 - UPDATED

There are a variety of types of financial assistance available for residents and business owners following the Napa Earthquake.

Earthquake Relief Loan - Redwood Credit Union

Loans of up to $5,000 for 12 months, interest free, are available to help with unexpected expenses resulting from the quake. Other types of loans are also available to assist local residents and businesses with earthquake related financial issues. Visit any Redwood Credit Union branch (Napa’s branch is located at 1705 First Street), or call 1-800-479-7928, Ext. 65588.

Chronicle of Season Sharing Fund

Assistance from the Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund is available to senior citizens (55+), disabled individuals and low to moderate-income families with dependent children who have a one-time critical need and who reside in Bay Area counties including Napa. Critical needs assistance is provided in the form of grants that are paid directly to the supplier of services, such as a landlord. To determine if you or someone you know qualifies, contact Napa County Health & Human Services Agency, 707-299-1890.

Napa County Landmarks Emergency Response Fund

This fund was created for the repair of Downtown Napa and Napa County’s damaged historic resources.  More information is available and donations can be made at

Business Resources


SAFE-BIDCO can assist any business it can through its government loan guarantee programs, which can be used to assist small business in obtaining construction loans and lines of credit. In addition to those guarantee programs, SAFE-BIDCO offers a number of direct-lending programs.  Please contact: 707-577-8621 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. More information is available at

Kiva Zip

Kiva Zip is a San Francisco-based non-profit that makes 0% interest micro loans up to $10,000 with a three-year repayment term and six-month grace period to small business owners, entrepreneurs and farmers. Funds are sourced through crowdfunding. To see if your business qualifies, go to:

Working Solutions

Working Solutions offers loans from $5,000 to $50,000 plus free business services like mentorship, legal advice and workshops; interest rates range from 8-10 percent with no hidden fees; no application fee and expedited application review to get your business back up and running. This is a September only special for earthquake recovery.  If interested, call 415-852-8499 or visit the website at

Local Assistance Center

September 9, 2014 - UPDATED

Napa County and the City of Napa are providing a local assistance center (NapaLAC) under one roof. The Local Assistance Center is a one-stop location where residents and business owners can access earthquake assistance information and connect with available resources. Services to be provided at the NapaLAC include city and county building permits, financial assistance, family resources, mental health, and other community resource programs.

The City and County have launched a comprehensive earthquake recovery website at Available services will be updated as confirmed.

Local Assistance Center (First & Silverado Trail)
301 First Street
Napa, CA 94559

Hours of Operation - Weekdays:

Building Permits 8:00 am-4:00 pm

All other services 11:00 am - 7:00 pm

Hours of Operation -Saturday:

Building Permits 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

All other services 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Services Available

American Red Cross

City of Napa Building & Planning Division

Napa County Planning, Building & Environmental Services

Napa County Assessor

Napa County Health & Human Services

State of California, Department of Insurance

State of California, Department of Housing & Community Development

Franchise Tax Board

Board of Equalization

Contractors State License Board

Legal Aid

Season of Sharing

Tzu Chi Foundation

Coping After An Earthquake

Thursday, September 4, 2014 - UPDATED

After an earthquake, you may have a range of reactions. You may feel shock, fear, anger, helplessness, or sadness. You may find it harder to fall asleep or sleep well. In the days that follow, you may think of the earthquake again. These are all common reactions that should pass within a few days.

If you are in need of help to cope in any way, the Red Cross Assistance Center is currently providing caseworkers to offer one-on-one sessions with residents to provide information on how to recover from any earthquake related symptoms.

You may also call the Red Cross Hotline at 1-877-978-2725 for additional information.

Red Cross Assistance Center


Marriott Hotel
3425 Solano Avenue
Napa, CA 94558

Hours of Operation:

10:00 am to 7:00 pm (daily through September 14, 2014)

Earthquake Information

UPDATED January 26, 2015 

On January 12, 2015, the City held a public meeting to provide information on lessons learned from the South Napa Quake. This meeting included the presentation of post-quake studies by the USGS. Follow this link for video of the meeting.  

What can we learn from the South Napa Quake? 

The Napa Local Assistance Center (NapaLAC) for earthquake recovery is now closed, along with the call center. Information on current recovery activities and services can be found at 

Earthquake - ABC

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - UPDATED

The California Alcoholic Beverage Control wants to make sure local businesses and the community know they have put together information that addresses some of the issues that businesses are facing in their earthquake recovery efforts. For specific information, click here.

The information on this website is being provided in a question and answer type of format to address the following:

  • Relocation of Business Operations
  • Storage of Alcoholic Beverages
  • Retail License Issues Related to Breakage of Products
  • Return of Inventory in Storage back to a Supplier
  • Regulations that Apply to Sales or Returns by Insurers, Former Licensees or Surrendered Licenses
  • Tied House Exceptions for Natural Disasters

The California ABC is already working with impacted licensees to provide assistance and find appropriate solutions to the damage resulting from the earthquake. The ABC Santa Rosa District (1-707-576-2165) and Oakland District (1-510-622-4970) Offices are available to answer questions from any ABC licensed businesses damaged in the earthquake.

In addition, ABC has developed information related to statutory and regulatory provisions that may provide assistance to some licensees, click here for that information. However, ABC understands that the current statutory and regulatory provisions may not provide the level of assistance needed by some licensees. In emergency situations, ABC can make reasonable and necessary adjustments to its standard practices to assist with recovery. ABC will continue to work with licensees to find appropriate solutions to issues caused by the earthquake.