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Nancy Watt - County Executive Officer
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ON  AUGUST  28, 2014

Contact(s):
Molly Rattigan
Emergency Public Information Officer
(707) 299-1554
molly.rattigan@countyofnapa.org
County Executive Office
www.countyofnapa.org

1195 Third Street
Napa, CA 94559

Nancy Watt
County Executive Officer

Federal Emergency Request and Initial Damage Estimates


 

(NAPA, California)  The Napa County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution today to begin the process to request Federal and State aid following the 6.0 magnitude earthquake that occurred on August 24, 2014. Declaration of a Federal emergency is necessary for Napa County to be potentially eligible for federal assistance programs.  As part of this action, the Board of Supervisors requested a Presidential Declaration of a “major disaster,” for Napa County and its local governments and that the President make all relevant assistance programs available to the County, cities, residents and businesses.

Officials from the California Office of Emergency Services and the Federal Emergency Management Agency are expected in Napa early next week to begin the preliminary damage assessment required to verify the need for Federal resources.

Staff in the Emergency Operations Center continues to work on assessing damage to public facilities and infrastructure as well as privately owned homes and facilities in the unincorporated areas.  Using the HAZUS earthquake loss estimation model, the initial estimate totals $362.4 million in building, infrastructure and economic losses.

Initial survey results show that over 120 businesses in the wine and agriculture industry sustained damages totaling $48 million dollars. This figure is expected to increase as additional information is submitted and does not included losses a result of business interruption, lost tourism or lost inventory.  Hotels in the County are starting to calculate losses.  Four hotels were required to close and dozens have reported room cancellations and have had to shut down some rooms.

“While the hospitality industry did experience significant impacts, it has largely recovered and is open for business. We welcome and encourage visitors to the world renowned Napa Valley,” says Mark Luce, Chairman of the Napa County Board of Supervisors.

Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.  Visit www.countyofnapa.org for more information.


The Board of Supervisors and staff of Napa County are dedicated to preserving and sustaining Napa County for present and future generations as a community with generous open space, a thriving agricultural industry and a quality human and natural environment.

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