Governor Newsom Requests U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Declaration for Ridgecrest Earthquakes

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced that the administration has formally requested that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) declare a disaster for the damage caused by a series of large-magnitude earthquakes near Ridgecrest last month.

If approved, the SBA disaster assistance program will make low-interest loans available to eligible residents and businesses in San Bernardino and Kern counties.  

“The loss or damage of personal property following a natural disaster can have a significant financial impact on families and businesses,” said Governor Newsom. “The availability of these low-interest loans will provide needed relief to our residents as they continue to recover from the impacts of these earthquakes.” 

The administration’s letter to the SBA can be found here.  

The SBA disaster assistance program aids homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations to repair or replace real estate, personal property, machinery and equipment, inventory and business assets that were damaged or destroyed. The SBA tailors the repayment of each disaster loan to the borrower’s financial capability. 

Previously, Governor Newsom secured a Presidential Emergency Declaration for direct federal assistance, declared a state of emergency in Kern and San Bernardinocounties and toured the impacted area to meet with first responders, elected leaders and residents affected by the earthquakes.



Monica Vargas

Monica is a Public Information Officer for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). She has been involved in the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak, Valley Fire, Butte Fire, historic drought, Oroville Dam Emergency Spillway Incident and 2017 winter storms. She previously served Cal OES as an analyst in international affairs, technology operations and executive staff support.

One thought on “Governor Newsom Requests U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Declaration for Ridgecrest Earthquakes

  • August 16, 2019 at 12:19 am

    II am an earthquake victim in Ridgecrest California. We were promised help from the federal government but we have received nothing. I went to apply for a small business loan today for some help and I was told I did not make enough money . so what am I supposed to do ? there is no help here for any of us that make little money. President Trump promised us some federal help but fema came along and said that the city as a whole was not that affected by the earthquake and he decided not to give the help that was promised to us. I don’t believe this to be fair. they have not a clue what each household felt or has to deal with since this earthquake. there is no way possible for them to know the impact it had on everyone in this county . we were promised help and as an individual we should receive this help. maybe not everyone needs it but there are a lot of us who do and the government promised it to us. we are just as entitled as the people up north who had their fires. I am a US citizen and in all fairness I believe that I am just as entitled for help from my government as anyone else especially in a national disaster area. me ,as a person and my household were affected mobile home is splitting down the middle.. it is not stable anymore ..sinking on one end and broken pipes have left my floors completely soggy . everything has been pulled up to dry. air conditioner slid and broke water lines which seep through my roof into my walls and my electricity now shuts off and on whenever an appliance is plugged in. my hot water heater fell and left me with more broken lines. my house is not safe but nobody seems to care. how sad for our country. they pick and choose who needs help . they don’t have a clue who needs help. they say I’m supposed to be appreciative because the SBA was sent to our rescue …to help . excuse me. they only help those who already have money and don’t really need their help. they get that small interest loan . How nice and convenient for them .meanwhile people like me who really need help because we don’t have the money to help ourselves get the door slammed in our face telling us that we are too poor to receive aid. sure it’s like everything else in the great USA . the rich get richer and the poor get poorer . I paid taxes all my life ..for what? for this…I guess you don’t know where you’re at until disaster hits you at home where you live and the country that you love and believe in is not there for you but always rushing to help other countries aids but can’t help their own. I’m so so disappointed in this great country that I love so much.


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