Is your business ready in the event of an emergency? GO-Biz advocates the need for businesses to become emergency ready. Review the information below on how to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergency events.

U.S. Small Business Administration Emergency Preparedness

The United States Small Business Administration has resources to help you develop a plan to protect your employees, lessen the financial impact of disasters, and re-open your business quickly to support economic recovery in your community. Learn More

Governor’s Office of Emergency Services Planning and Preparedness Resources

​The Cal OES Planning and Preparedness Branch develops and maintains state-level emergency plans and guidance that engage the whole community by using an all-hazards planning process that represents the actual stakeholders from the community, both local and state government leaders, nongovernmental organizations and the private sector. Learn More

California’s Disaster Loan Guarantee Program

Subject to IBank directives and requirements, an FDC may provide loan guarantees from funds allocated in Section 63089.55 to small businesses, small farms, nurseries, and agriculture-related enterprises that have suffered actual physical damage or significant economic injury as a result of the disaster.

Loan guarantees are limited to areas affected by a state of emergency within the state and declared a disaster by the President of the United States, the Administrator of the United States Small Business Administration, or the United States Secretary of Agriculture, or declared to be in a state of emergency by the Governor of California.

To issue a disaster loan guarantee, an FDC must determine that the following conditions are satisfied:

  • The borrower cannot reasonably obtain a disaster loan without some form of credit enhancement.
  • The borrower has demonstrated a reasonable prospect of repayment.
  • The guaranteed loan will be used exclusively in this state.
  • The disaster loan qualifies as a small business loan or employment incentive loan.


For further information, please contact:

IBank Small Business Finance Center
1325 J Street, 18th Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2830, Sacramento, CA 95812-2830
E-mail: SBFC@ibank.ca.gov
Telephone: (916) 341-6600
FAX: (916) 322-6314

Small Business Disaster Resource Guide

Prepared by the Small Business Development Center Network for the California Seismic Safety Commission, this guidebook includes a disaster preparedness checklist, information on government disaster assistance, and details on how to prepare, respond to, and recover from a disaster. We encourage businesses to print out this guidebook and store in a place that will be accessible if a disaster strikes.  Learn More

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