Resources for Sellers Affected by Wildfires in the West and Hurricanes in the South East

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This post was updated on 9/18/2020.


Many wildfires are continuing to burn in California and others have started in Oregon. In the South East, communities in Louisiana and Texas recovering from Hurricane Laura are also bracing for Hurricane Sally - residents in parts of Alabama,  Mississippi and Georgia are making preparations


We’re updating this post with resources so business owners can find local assistance. We’re also sharing ways you use Square as your community regroups and rebuilds after a natural disaster. 


Please click reply below to share any other resources that you’ve found helpful. Our thoughts are with everyone who may be impacted by these events and we hope you are safe.


Oregon Assistance  - Wildfires


California Assistance - Wildfires


South East Assistance - Hurricane Sally and Hurricane Laura


Government and Non-profit Resources for Emergency Preparedness  


Staying Informed

During emergencies local government agencies frequently post updates on Twitter and Facebook:


Accepting payments and Square Support Resources



  • If internet access is temporarily unavailable accept card payments using a mobile hotspot device or using your mobile as a hotspot device if possible. Alternatively, enable Offline Mode. Note: Offline payments are processed automatically when your device regains connectivity, and will expire if not processed within 72 hours. Do not uninstall the app while in Offline Mode or pending payments will be lost. At this time it is not possible to use Offline Mode with the Contactless and Chip Card reader. Learn more here: Process Payments with Offline Mode.



  • Depending on your accessory setup, the cash drawer, printer, and bar code scanner may not work during a power outage. As a backup, you can still send Digital Receipts to customers. In addition, you may want to keep your cash drawer key handy or share it with an employee in the event that they need to make change. If you need a replacement key, locate the key code on the lock of your cash drawer then contact the manufacturer: APG or StarMicronics.




For additional Square Support and Response Resources visit our website. We hope you’re safe and well.


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Re: Resources for Sellers Affected by Wildfires and Hurricane Laura

Sharing some more resources for those affected by Wildfires. 


This PDF from America's SBDC has resources in English and Spanish available.

Aaron Weiss
Community Lead, Square
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