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;

*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

SBA News Release (English) 

SBA News Release (Spanish)

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.

Live Economic Impact Report

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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.

  1. Economic Impact Survey

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 Humboldt County 2022 Earthquake Business Recovery Survey - Google Forms

  1. Workforce Resources
  1. Emergency Loans
  1. Emergency Grants
  1. Emergency Assistance for Indigenous Population
  1. Other Local Resources
  1. FEMA