Why it's important to protect your home and valuables with Flood Insurance?
In the United States Floods are the top natural disaster. You don't need to live close to a lake, river or the coast to experience a flood. In fact, 30 % of flood losses come from low- to moderate-risk areas.
In the past 2 years eight of the most significant flood events in our nation's history have occurred. People usually think that damage can cause only by a lot of water but the reality is, only two inches of water in your home can cause over $10,000.00 in damage.
In some flood zones, flood insurance is affordable at about $1.30 per day (average is $490 a year) and is 100% guaranteed by the U.S. government. Don't wait, because Flood insurance requires a 30-day waiting period on most new policies.
No. Flood damage is not typically covered by a homeowner's insurance policy.
Your flood policy is intended to cover physical damage to your building or personal property "directly" caused by a flood. Please download the attached Summary of Coverage brochure created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Most likely, yes. It's a good idea to buy flood insurance even if you live in a moderate-to-low risk area. About 25 percent of all flood insurance claims come from areas with low-to-moderate flood risk.
You may qualify for the Preferred Risk Policy, (a lower-cost flood insurance policy) that provides contents coverage beginning at $39 per year and building plus contents coverage beginning at $119 a year.
Flooding occurs in moderate-to-low risk areas as well as in high-risk areas. Poor drainage systems, rapid accumulation of rainfall, snowmelt, and broken water mains can all result in flood. Properties on a hillside can be damaged by mudflow, a covered peril under the Standard Flood Insurance Policy.
Structures located in high-risk flood areas have a significant chance (26%) of suffering flood damage during the term of a 30-year mortgage. A home mapped in a high-risk area is 2-1/2 times more likely to suffer damage from a flood than a fire in the lifetime of a typical mortgage! For these reasons, flood insurance is required by law for buildings in high-risk flood areas as a condition of receiving a mortgage from a federally regulated or insured lender.
Under federal law, the purchase of flood insurance is mandatory for all federal or federally related financial assistance for the acquisition and/or construction of buildings in high-risk flood areas (Special Flood Hazard Areas or SFHAs).
The amount of flood insurance coverage required by the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973, as amended by the National Flood Insurance Reform Act of 1994, is the lesser of the following:
If the property is not in a high-risk area, but instead in a moderate-to-low risk area, federal law does not require flood insurance; however, a lender can still require it. It is also recommended since historically about one-in-four flood claims come from these moderate-to-low risk areas.
Yes, providing that, if confined to your property, the flood water covers at least two acres. A general condition of flood also exists if two adjacent properties are inundated, one of which is yours.
Not necessarily. Federal disaster assistance typically comes in the form of a low interest loan to help cover flood damage, not compensation for your losses. Even then, those loans are only available if the president formally declares a disaster and must be repaid along with any existing mortgage.
Typically there is a 30-day waiting period before a flood insurance policy becomes effective.
Note: The information above was obtained from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). View the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) website at www.fema.gov. Flood facts source: www.floodsmart.gov.
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