You’ve probably heard this horror story before — someone loses a home due to a flood and learns after the fact that standard homeowners insurance doesn’t cover flood damage.
At Harbor Insurance, we want you to be educated about all of the risks you may face– before a loss occurs – so you candetermine what insurance coverage is appropriate. South Florida and the Treasure Coast has seen larger amounts of rainfall than normal for this time of year; who knows what lies ahead.
Because very few companies offer flood insurance, the U.S. government created the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) in 1968. Available to homeowners, renters and business owners, this insurance often is required to obtain a mortgage in areas at high risk of flooding. But you might want to look into a policy just for peace of mind, even if you don’t live in ahigh risk flood zone and/or required to carry flood insurance, you are still in a flood zone and flooding is always a possibility. According to the NFIP, nearly 25% of the program’s claims occur in moderate- to low-risk areas. Check out the questions and answers below to help determine if flood insurance is right for you.
Is flood insurance available in my area?
To participate in the NFIP, a community must adopt and enforce a flood plain management ordinance with rules regarding construction in certain flood-prone areas. In exchange, the government makes flood insurance available within that community.
We’re happy to help you find out if you’re eligible for flood insurance. Just give us a call at 888-451-8818. You can also visit http://www.fema.gov/fema/csb.shtm.
What does flood insurance cover?
The NFIP provides coverage for both the structure and its contents.Coverage forcontents is optional in some cases, so you may want to give us a call todiscuss other coverage for your personal property. Keep in mind that you typically can’t purchase flood insurance and have it take effect the next day.There is usually a 30-day waiting period. (Exceptions to this rule apply, however, particularly when the insurance is required by a lender and is purchased during the process of securing a mortgage.) If you think you need flood insurance, don’t wait to buy a policy, you may get caught in the rain without an umbrella!
What doesn’t flood insurance cover?
Generally, government-issued flood insurance will not cover the following: Buildings entirely over water or principally below ground, gas and liquid storage tanks, animals, aircraft, wharves, piers, bulkheads, growing crops, shrubbery, land, roads, machinery or equipment in the open and most motor vehicles.
How much does FLOOD Insurance cost?
As with all insurance policies, the cost of flood insurance varies depending on your situation. If your home or business is in a high-risk area, such as a “special flood hazard area,”your premium naturally will be higher than those in low- or moderate-risk zones. Premiums are based on how old the building is, how many floors it has, the location of its contents, your deductible and more. Renters insurance is typically less expensive, as renters generally insure their belongings and not the building.
Where can I find more information?
As always, we are happy to help you determine your insurance needs. Stop by one our offices in Port St. Lucie or West Palm Beach or give us a call at 888-451-8818. You can also find more information on our website at www.harboria.com as well as the NFIP website, at http://www.fema.gov/national-flood-insurance-program .