A Flood Insurance Update
You buy homeowner’s insurance to protect your most important asset. Or, if you are a renter, you buy renter’s insurance to cover your personal property and legal liability. Whatever the case, there are many risks to which you are exposed. Some risks are obvious such as fire and theft, while others are not. We wanted to provide you with some of the not so common claims that can arise out of home ownership or renting. Flood damage is excluded in most homeowners and renters insurance policies.
In the past 5 years, all 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods. Flood insurance cannot be purchased during a flood. There is a 30 day waiting period once the application is processed. Therefore, it is a good idea to start thinking about flood insurance right now.
According to FloodSmart.gov, the official site of the National Flood Insurance Program, at least 25% of businesses that shut down after a flood never re-open. According to the same source, only a very small percentage of homeowners buy flood insurance.
Many business owners and homeowners are under the mistaken impression that their insurance policies cover them for damages arising from floods. While your personal insurance and/or business insurance policy may cover water damage, flood coverage is excluded. Just like homeowner’s flood insurance, commercial flood coverage must be purchased separately in a dedicated policy.
Flood insurance policies cover physical damage to your property and possessions. You can refer to the Summary of Coverage to help you better understand your policy and coverage. (Read More)
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