Business Emergency Preparedness & Assistance

by on December 15, 2015

 Business Emergency Preparedness & Assistance City of San Diego 

Guidelines and resources to help prepare your businesses for an emergency: 

 Scan important documents, i.e., business license, sellers permit, other business registration documents etc., and save on a flash drive, i-Cloud or Google Cloud storage (like Dropbox), mobile phone, or other safe storage device.

Obtain copies of building permit records, or at the very least download permit numbers from City’s website:

 If you are a tenant, contact your property owner to obtain building permit records.

 Create list of readily available contact information for SDGE, City’s Public Utilities and Water departments, and other emergency communications with employees, clients/customers, and other business contacts.

 Prepare and store emergency supplies including: generator, water, food, first aid kit, fire extinguisher, flashlight, batteries, etc. Store applicable items in water resistant containers. Visit the website for information on preparing a comprehensive Disaster Supply Kit:

 Visit County of San Diego Office of Emergency Services:

 Visit the U.S. Small Business Administration’s “Emergency Preparedness” website for more information about disaster assistance, emergency preparedness, disaster planning, and how to create a disaster preparedness and recovery program for your business:

Emergency Preparedness for Business

 Visit the website for a comprehensive “Open for Business” guide (business continuity guide) prepared by the Institute of Business and Home Safety:

 Visit the American Red Cross “Emergency Preparedness Checklist for Small Businesses” website:

 Visit the FEMA Small Business Preparedness website to learn about risks small businesses face in the event of disaster, the value of preparedness, steps to take to protect your business, and business continuity planning:

Sandbag Resources: All City of San Diego Fire Stations have free sandbags available to the public. There is a limit of 10 sandbags per household or business, and sand is not provided. For a list of Sandbag Vendors in San Diego County, visit:

Post-emergency assistance for businesses: 

City of San Diego Storefront Improvement Program

Business Loan Programs: 

 City of San Diego Small Business Loan Program:

 Accion San Diego

 CDC Small Business Finance

 U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

Additional Resources and Assistance pre- and post- emergencies: 

 Filing a Business Insurance Claim after a Disaster:



For more information, contact Lisa Gordon at the City of San Diego

Economic Development Department at

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