Placer seeking feedback on future disaster economic relief programs

Published Oct. 25, 2023

Placer County is seeking feedback from the local business community on how they were affected by last year’s Mosquito Fire, relaunching a shorter, simplified version of a survey first shared earlier this year. The results of this survey will help county officials shape future economic relief programs.

The confidential survey, open now until Nov. 6, seeks input from:

  • Businesses that lost revenue due to closures

  • Wineries that canceled tastings or had crops affected by excessive smoke

  • Entrepreneurs and self-employed individuals who could not generate income during the fire

Mosquito Fire 9.13.22-042_Civic_Plus_Newsflash_435x402As with the first survey, the county is taking extra security measures to protect survey data by partnering with two nonprofits, Greater Sacramento Economic Council and Applied Economics LLC. Once the survey data is aggregated, it will be sent to the University of Nevada, Reno for further analysis.

Professor Thomas Harris from the University Center for Economic Development at UNR will examine survey results and develop a Placer-specific report. This data will help county officials determine the best economic recovery opportunities for businesses following a natural disaster, and improve program development and emergency planning for the entire county.

“Your participation is crucial to ensuring we are serving our community properly,” said Placer’s Economic Development Director Gloria Stearns. “The data collected from this short, five-minute survey will continue to help us refine how we assist businesses in disaster recovery scenarios and prioritize our forest management efforts to reduce the risk associated with future natural disasters.” 

The survey is being distributed to residents throughout Northern California and western Nevada. This includes businesses and individuals in Placer, El Dorado, Nevada, Washoe and Douglas counties as well as Carson City.

To take the survey, visit

To learn more about the Placer County Economic Development team, visit