Business owners encouraged to submit reports of damage by civil unrest by July 17

Individuals and businesses that faced damage or other losses due to looting, property damage and violence during the protests in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd by Minneapolis Police have until July 17 to submit reports of those losses. Businesses in King County that suffered property damage or other losses since May 25, 2020 may be eligible for financial assistance. Eligibility is determined through a damage assessment process, now underway, that takes into account the total reported losses within King County. Businesses that suffered physical damages and/or economic injury may be eligible.

“In the absence of adequate insurance coverage, the Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Program could be an important source of funds for qualifying businesses that suffered damage as a result of recent civil unrest,” said Brendan McCluskey, director of King County Emergency Management.

Individuals and businesses in King County are encouraged to submit reports of losses to King County Emergency Management by 5 p.m. on July 17:

  • Online at
  • By phone at 1-800-523-5044 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. until July 17.
  • Photos of damage may be submitted to

Submitting a report does not obligate a business to apply for a loan nor does it guarantee a loan. Damage reports are for underinsured or uninsured losses. Before filing a damage report with King County, residents and business owners should contact their insurance provider about existing coverage and deductibles. They are also urged to document damage with photographs and keep records of all cleanup and repair costs.

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