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Business Support Resources

The fatal shooting of Daunte Wright on Sunday, April 11 in Brooklyn Center has shaken the city and the region. We acknowledge that these are incredibly challenging, uncertain, and difficult times, and that many people are looking for answers.

We want to offer support in any way we can. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to the contacts below if you have any questions, concerns, or need additional information. Here is some important information to keep in mind over the next few days:

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Curfew

We will update you through our city digital channels and alert mobile devices using the Wireless Emergency Alert System (WEAS) if a curfew is issued.

What you’ll see for the next few days

Some businesses around the city may be boarded up. You will also see more police officers from around the region, including officers from other cities and the National Guard. We expect this to continue for at least the next several days.

Hate crimes and discrimination hotline

If you have experienced or witnessed an incident of discrimination or bias, call Minnesota’s Discrimination Helpline at 1-833-454-0148. Translation/interpretation services are available.

Reporting break ins

If your business experiences a break in and you would like to report it to the police, call 911.

What to do if your building is damaged

  • Document any damage (photos and written descriptions) and contact your insurance company so you can file a claim. Insurance will likely be your best avenue for damage reimbursement.
  • If there is any significant damage, you can contact Dan Krier with the Brooklyn Park Fire Department at Daniel.krier@brooklynpark.org or 763-493-8021 and we can help do a damage assessment. Keep your photos, records, and receipts of any security enhancements so you can apply for reimbursement if funds become available. We also recommend tracking any business losses, closures, etc. for insurance claims or grant reimbursements, if grants become available.

Additional resources

Tips for Business Owners on Filing an Insurance Claim

Preparedness Planning for Business

Businesses and their staff may face a variety of disasters. Right now the region is grappling with human acts of violence and the COVID-19 pandemic, but preparedness planning can also include a natural or technology-related crisis. The Ready Business program helps business leaders make a preparedness plan to get ready for these hazards.

Ready Business – Ready.gov

Crisis counseling

  • If you need to talk to a crisis counselor, you can reach someone in English or Spanish at 1-800-985-5990.
  • You can also text “TalkWithUs” or “Hablanos” to 66746.

Questions and concerns

For additional questions or concerns, contact:

Terry Dehmer, Crime Prevention Specialist
(police representative for businesses north of Brooklyn Blvd.)
763-493-8277 | Terry.Dehmer@brooklynpark.org

Kim Czapar, Crime Prevention Specialist
(police representative for businesses south of Brooklyn Blvd.)
763-493-8209 | Kimberly.Czapar@brooklynpark.org

Daniela Lorenz, Business Development Coordinator
(City Hall’s Community Development contact for businesses)
763-493-8145 | Daniela.Lorenz@brooklynpark.org