Due to recent storms in Island County, the Department of Emergency Management is collecting damage assessment information from the community to submit for consideration for both Individual Assistance (IA) and/or Small business Loan (SBA). Damages caused by these events between January 20, 2020 through February 10, 2020 should be submitted using the digital forms below. More information on both of these loans can be found below and through several fact sheets found on this page. For more information or questions regarding IA and SBA, please contact
It is important to note that damage assessment should only include the primary structure and personal belongings. It does not include landscape, secondary/vacation homes or land property.
Individual Assistance (IA): Individual Assistance is collected to help Washington State understand the scale of impact for the recent weather events. This includes impacts on individual families and businesses. Reporting damage regarding your home and/or business will help Washington State assess damage across the state and how it has impacted communities. Filling
out these forms does not guarantee your home, personal belongings or business
for reimbursement of compensation.
Be aware that it is challenging to receive an IA declaration. If IA declaration is obtained, the assistance will not cover all damage expenditures. Please document damage and (when possible) begin working with your insurance company to process claims.
Small Business Administration (SBA) Loans: If there is sufficient damage to homes and business within Island County, the state may apply for an SBA Declaration. An SBA declaration is an important step in opening up the possibility of obtaining SBA loans. SBA loans are considered the primary source of funds for disaster recovery and can be made available without a Presidential declaration. In the absence of insurance coverage, the SBA Disaster Loan Program may offer low interest loans to qualifying businesses, individuals, families and non-farm businesses to recover from the impacts of an event. When the President declares a major disaster, the SBA automatically makes its low-interest loan programs available to qualifying businesses and private nonprofit organizations that have suffered damages.