Introduction, Background & Agreement to participate

This survey is being conducted by the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) in collaboration with local economic development and business organizations as a part of its Resilience Observatory Project funded by U.S. National Science Foundation Award #1235573. This survey was developed by a working group of EERI members including researchers from two universities, a federal agency (USGS), a regional planning agency, and an engineering consulting firm, along with input from EERI staff.

This survey gathers information about the economic impacts of the South Napa Earthquake of August 24, 2014 over time. It will be used to understand the effects of an earthquake on businesses and ways that businesses are resilient.

Your participation in the survey will:
  • Provide a record of the experience of businesses in Napa as the city recovered from the August 2014 earthquake.
  • Enhance understanding of business resilience and ways to prepare for and mitigate the effects of earthquakes
  • Improve post disaster monitoring to inform programs/policies to support businesses. 

Results will be shared with government decision makers, business groups, emergency managers and planners, researchers, risk mitigation experts, and interested members of the general public.

This survey will take approximately 15-30 minutes to complete. This study is only made possible through your participation so we thank you very much for your time.

All responses from the survey will be stored securely by the research team.   Your identity and information that could identify your business will remain confidential and we will only refer to your responses in a manner that conceals your identifying information unless given permission otherwise. The information we collect on business names, addresses, and names of respondents will help us to avoid inadvertently duplicating survey requests while appropriately linking up follow-up surveys during the recovery period.

We do not expect completing this survey will pose any risks to you or your business, however please skip any questions that make you uncomfortable.

Participation in the survey is voluntary. You may leave the survey at any time or decline to answer any question.

Any questions that you have about the research, your participation, or your rights as a research participant may be directed to Shizza Fatima, EERI Interim Napa Pilot Survey Project Lead, by phone at (510) 451-0905 or email at

We very much appreciate your willingness to assist EERI and to be part of this innovative case study on business resilience practices.

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* 1. Agreement to Participate