One of the most common misconceptions in insurance is that flood insurance is covered under a traditional home insurance policy. However this is not the case. Take a look at the 8 things to know about flood insurance!
A homeowner's policy doesn't cover flooding Property owners know a Homeowners policy covers fire damage, but most don't realize that it won't cover flood or mudslide damage. Rising waters and debris can destroy your home, business, and personal belongings within minutes.
Floods are the number one natural disaster Everyone lives in a flood zone. Each year, more U.S. properties within floodplains are destroyed by flooding than by fire. Changing weather patterns, increased urban development, and the leveling of forests have reduced the land's natural ability to absorb water. Flood damage can happen anytime, no matter where you live.
Federal assistance is hard to get Most floods don't qualify for federal disaster aid. Only floods that are declared national disasters by the President qualify for federal assistance. This assistance is in the form of a grant averaging less than $2,500 or a federal loan that must be paid back with interest. That's in addition to payments on your existing mortgage loan.
Flood damage is a growing problem As more flooding occurs throughout the country, the cost of rebuilding is skyrocketing. Floods now cause more than $2 billion in property damage each year.
Flood insurance puts you in control Only flood insurance protects your home and your belongings from damage caused by rising water or mudflow. Flood insurance is available for the value of the structure, minus the land value. Contents coverage is also available but is optional and must be requested. Even if you've had previous flooding, you can still buy flood insurance. If you've received disaster assistance before, you must first obtain flood insurance to be eligible for future federal relief. Mortgaged properties within special flood hazard areas are required to maintain flood insurance for the life of the loan.
Flood insurance costs less than flood damage The average flood policy is only $324 a year - that's less than $1 a day. Compare that to a typical disaster loan of $50,000, costing more than $300 a month for over 18 years! Flood insurance pays all covered claims even if a federal disaster is not declared. Claims are paid quickly so victims can recover faster. You can even get a partial payment right away to get started. Flood coverage is available up to $250,000 for your home, and up to $100,000 for the contents.
Flood insurance is easy to buy Anyone can buy flood insurance if his/her property is located in a community that participates in the National Flood Insurance Program. Homes, condos, apartments, and business structures are all eligible. Even renters may purchase flood insurance for their possessions. Since flood premiums are set by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, your rate is the same from any insurer. Premiums are due on an annual basis.
Flood insurance: It doesn't pay to wait More than 90% of all U.S. natural disasters include flooding. The best time to buy flood protection is now. Flood insurance is the best way to protect yourself and reduce the cost of flood disasters. There is a 30-day waiting period on most new flood policies.
We can help you get protection against flood damage through Wright Flood Insurance Company (formerly Fidelity Flood FNPAC).
If you have any questions or would like to get a flood insurance quote please call our office.