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A Guide to Flood Insurance: Your Rights and Responsibilities

Every year in America, floods take over citizens’ homes and lives. Floods are the most common natural disaster to happen here, with 90% of all disasters being flooding-related. If you have a home located near any type of water situation (whether it be low or high risk), make sure that your homeowners insurance is protecting against this major catastrophe by getting flood coverage too!

The risk of flood damage or loss

If you own property, it’s a good idea to protect yourself from flood damage. If your city has an official plan, there are many resources available for help with preparation for floods and disaster mitigation.

It’s no secret that floods are a major concern for every region of the United States. I mean, 90% percent of all natural disasters in the U.S involve some type of flooding! In fact, FEMA says that inland flooding and flash floods happen year-round while seasonal storm water is most common during hurricane season – aka now (but even then it can still be dangerous).

Have you ever been to a place where the ground was wet and had that drippy, slimy feeling? Well if your home is in one of those areas then it’s important for you to know what risks go along with living there. If you’re moving into an area prone to flooding or even staying put but are looking at new insurance policies this year, be sure ask about flood risk information available through either FEMA (National Flood Insurance Program) or by contacting local officials as well as any mortgage lenders.

The National Flood Insurance Program can provide info on potential sources of water damage including floods which might not seem too farfetched when considering how much rain we’ve seen over the past few years nationwide!

You might not live in a high flood risk area, but you’re still putting yourself at an unnecessary level of danger by staying unprepared. Twenty percent of all claims come from low to moderate areas so it’s important that you know how to prepare for the possibility and get adequate coverage.

Flood insurance basics

Not covered under homeowners

This is something you want to know about before disaster strikes. Floods are typically not covered under homeowners and renters policies, but flood insurance can help cover the associated losses if a policy has been purchased in advance.

Where to buy

If you’re living in a flood-prone area, it may be time to buy some insurance. Floods are one of the most common natural disasters and 50% of all total losses from flooding can happen again within ten years.

What’s so great about federal flood insurance? Well for starters – home or business owners with federally backed coverage will have their expenses partially reimbursed after damage occurs through FEMA assistance grants (to cover up to $250k). And not only that but if your community participates in this program then they’ll also get compensation as part of an NFIP Community Rating System which lowers rates by 10%.

Get protection

Flood insurance is a must-have in the event of an extreme flood. It covers direct physical losses from floods and other costs related to flooding, like any damage caused by water that exceeded anticipated levels or if it’s accompanied with severe storms, flash floods etc.

It also provides protection for people who are concerned about possible financial consequences due to their property being inaccessible following natural disasters such as hurricanes or tornadoes.

What it covers

This is a very important thing to know when you’re buying flood insurance. If your building gets flooded, they’ll replace it for the cost of what it would take today to build that same house. But if anything in your home get’s wet or destroyed during a big storm like Hurricane Harvey, their coverage only covers how much cash value one could expect from selling off all those items at an antique shop right now – not replacement costs!

The maximum it covers

The maximum flood insurance coverage amount is $250,000 for the structure of your home and 100 grand for its contents. That’s a lot more than what you get from NFIP- so if it even sounds like this could happen to you or someone in your life then make sure that when deciding on an insurer, they offer excess coverage too!

Cars are covered under the optional

It turns out that flood losses for cars are covered under the optional, comprehensive portion of a standard automobile insurance policy.

The fact is: Flood damages to automobiles can be compensated by an auto insurer unless they were caused intentionally or through gross negligence on behalf of the driver; this coverage falls in line with what most people think all policies offer – and it’s cheaper than you might expect!

Coverage for your building

You may be eligible for flood insurance from the NFIP. It provides up to $500,000 of coverage for your building and up to $500,000 worth of contents protection. For additional costs you can purchase what’s called “excess” coverage which guarantees that if something valued more than those limits is lost in a flooding event then it will still get rebuilt with no limit on how much they’ll pay out when all’s said and done!

Buying flood insurance

When you’re getting flood insurance, it’s important to know a few things. For example:

Easy to buy

It sounds like you’re considering purchasing a new home – that’s awesome! If so, have you considered what kind of insurance coverage for your property? Federal flood insurance policies can be purchased directly from an insurance professional. Nearly 100 companies write and service these policies, including Allstate Insurance Company or Travelers Insurance Group Incorporated.

30 days waiting period 

This is a good time to remind you that there’s always an official waiting period for flood insurance. It requires thirty days before coverage begins, so make sure not to wait until the last minute!

“Excess” insurance

Flood insurance has undergone a recent transformation. Private insurers are starting to offer “first dollar” flood policies, and many have begun offering excess flood coverage in response to the inadequacy of NFIP’s policy maximums for some people with assets more than what can be covered by their FEMA-provided coverage.

Don’t have flood insurance and there’s a flood?

If you don’t have flood insurance, it’s time to get some. If there were a flood and your home was damaged, your regular homeowner’s insurance wouldn’t cover the damage from flooding.  Having a flood insurance policy can help you protect your assets from the cost of floods. Flood relief often comes in the form of loans, but if it’s declared as a disaster area then no-interest or low interest loans are typically made available by federal government to assist with rebuilding efforts. With these funds, you’re still liable for paying back whatever is loaned out though so make sure that before signing off on any contracts and agreements — get all those details sorted beforehand!

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