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Flood Insurance Definition

Flood Insurance. You’ve heard of it, you know it’s there, but just in case you’re not entirely sure what it is or how to get the coverage for your home and business – here we go! Flood insurance is a type of policy that covers property against damage from water-related disasters such as floods, storm surges, tsunamis and high tides. The keyword here is “water.” Other types of coverage will not cover flooding or other water-related events.

Flood insurance is a type of property insurance that covers your home for losses sustained by water damage specifically due to flooding. Flood policies are available for all residential and commercial properties, including those determined in the NFIP-designated floodplains. The government sets rates on these private insurers’ policies through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

The average cost of flood insurance is $700, but the final amount depends on a bunch of factors.

Patricia J. Davis, Independent Insurance Agent

The pricing for your policy will be determined by what kind and size home you live in as well as where it’s located — this information can all affect how much money you’ll end up paying to keep yourself protected against potential floods.

How Flood Insurance Works

Do you know what a flood insurance policy is? It’s different than the basic hazard coverage that most homeowners have in their standard homeowner policies. The typical home owner’s policy covers water damage due to burst pipes or weather events like tornadoes and rainstorms, but not destruction caused by floods. If your area is prone to this sort of natural disaster then it might be best for you get special coverage!

For people who live in the flood zone, such as New Orleans or Miami Beach, it can be a real burden to pay for an insurance policy that they might never need. Flood protection is not inexpensive and even though you may have no intention of living near any water sources ever again there are still many things that could go wrong with your property because disasters like this happen all of the time.

For example: You’re sitting on your porch drinking lemonade when suddenly Hurricane Irma hits Florida and floods most of Key West. If you don’t want everything inside your house to get destroyed then I would suggest making sure you buy some type of plan from FEMA before disaster strikes!

Flood insurance is a must, but it’s important to keep in mind that your regular homeowner policy doesn’t cover flood damage. You’ll need to buy separate policies for both the dwelling and its contents if you want coverage against flooding-related damages like sewer backup caused by rising water levels outside of your home.

I hate to say it, but you’re going to need flood insurance if the property is in a federally designated flood zone.

Patricia J. Davis, Independent Insurance Agent

The National Flood Insurance Program

The NFIP offers insurance to those who live in floodplains. The actual policies are issued by private companies and not FEMA or the National Flood Insurance Program.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA as they are more commonly known, offers a service that tracks flood zones across the United States. They help to constantly update these maps with new and intensifying weather patterns like hurricanes in order to best suit our needs for safety and preparedness before things get too bad out there! The zones break down into subsections based on different flood risk levels ranging from B (moderate) all the way up through X-high level of danger zone (low).

Low means less than 1% chance annually of flooding at your property–way better odds then what you might be getting playing online poker without insurance. 😉

The risk of flooding is high for those who live in A and V zones, which are broken down with the potential floodwater height to give an estimate.

You’re likely to find yourself in Zone D. This zone indicates that a determination has yet been made for the area, and flood maps are being updated all the time! Areas can be moved from Zone A-D based on changing weather patterns or artificial changes like dams and levees.

Hearing about flood zones has you worried? That’s totally understandable! Check out Floodsmart.gov and see if your property is on the map so that you can prepare accordingly for any potential disaster in the future.

The Cost of Flood Insurance

It’s important to know the NFIP rules so you can buy a policy and get all of your homes’ needs covered. They regulate how much flood insurance policies cost, which means that if you live in an area where flooding is likely, then they will help find an insurance agent for your home or business.

To determine your policy cost, an agent will look at things like the location and structure of home—how near it is to a body of water or how high up on hills it might be. It also considers what type coverage you have selected: does this house need replacement value insurance? Or would actual cash value work better for you? The factors that can impact pricing are so varied!

A Preferred Risk Policy is a lower-cost flood insurance policy that provides both building and contents coverage for properties in moderate to low risk areas. The NFIP offer discounts too, so premiums will vary depending on the community you live in!

$699 is the average annual cost of a National Flood Insurance Program policy. This covers you in case your home or business takes on water, and can be used to finance repairs as well!

You may not have realized, but it is important to know that NFIP policies can be customized for different uses. Residential structures are only allowed up to $250,000 in building coverage and $100,000 in contents coverage while businesses are limited at just a little more with the same maximums of $500k each.

Lets say you’re looking for something more than just your regular coverage. You want to make sure that if anything happens, even a small break in the window or someone spilling coffee on it, then all of those things are covered under this umbrella policy – and they should be!

Afterall, its not like insurance is cheap either (trust me I know).

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