Post-Disaster Tips

Before Cleaning Up

Call your insurance carrier to discuss measures you must take to qualify for compensation before you begin cleaning up or rebuilding.

Repair Receipts

Keep invoices or receipts if you are cleaning up or repairing damages.  These may be needed for claiming compensation later.

Insurance Claims

Get compensation for damages. Contact your insurance company to claim damaged inventory, possessions, and structures, and deferred income.

SF Disaster Loans

Get access to other loans. The Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) can help provide access to various loan products that may also assist you in getting your business back up and running.

Disaster Relief Applications

File a Disaster Relief Application with the SF Office of the Assessor-Recorder and read Disaster Relief Frequently Asked Questions from the CA Board of Equalization.

Federal Disaster Relief

Get a Federal emergency loan of up to $2 million. Businesses affected by a federally-declared disaster can register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and then apply with the US Small Business Administration (SBA).

Lost Income

Help your employees recover lost income.  Employees can apply to the CA Employment Development Department for benefits for work cancelled during and following a disaster.

Relocation Assistance

If your property sustains major damage, you may want to consider temporary relocation until your property is rebuilt. OEWD's Invest in Neighborhoods Program can help. With its StorefrontSF search engine, the program can provide you with listings for available storefronts throughout the City.

Obtain New Permits

Obtain new permits and licenses if you made major repairs, replaced major equipment, or bought the establishment following a disaster. The pre-disaster permits and licenses will not cover new conditions, new equipment, or new owners. Please visit or call the Planning Information Center for any of your permit questions.

Business Technical Assistance

The Office of Small Business and the OEWD Jobs Squad Program can provide additional support to direct you to additional resources or help you through the permitting process.

Reopen Your Doors

Reopen your doors. You’ve cleaned up and are about to begin operating your business again. Make sure your pre-disaster operating permits, licenses, and certificates are still valid. Then plan to keep things running smoothly in the future, no matter what the next turn brings.

Last modified date: Thu, 07/18/2019 - 14:09