Many people don’t know whether or not they should purchase flood insurance. The short answer is yes, they should purchase flood insurance and here is why:
Flooding is the most common natural disaster.
- Anywhere it can rain, it can flood.
- You don't need to live near a coastline or river to have a flood. Flash floods, inland flooding, and seasonal storms bring flooding to every region of the country.
- Just a few inches of water can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage.
Most homeowners insurance does not cover floods.
- Only flood insurance financially covers your home and your personal property from floods.
- A flood insurance policy compensates homeowners, renters, and business owners for all covered losses, and unlike a Federal disaster loan, it does not have to be repaid.
You can’t get flood insurance at the last minute.
- In most cases, it takes 30 days after purchase for a policy to take effect, so it's important to buy insurance before the storm approaches and the floodwaters start to rise.
If you are in a high-risk area, flood insurance may be mandatory.
- If you live in a high-risk area and you carry a mortgage from a federally regulated or insured lender, flood insurance is required.
If you own your property outright, you still should be covered by flood insurance.
- Statistics show that if you live in a high-risk zone, you are more likely to have flood damage than a fire over the life of a 30-year mortgage.
You can purchase flood insurance no matter your flood risk.
- It doesn't matter whether your flood risk is high or low, you can buy flood insurance as long as your community participates in the NFIP.
- You can get flood insurance if your house has been flooded before, even if your mortgage doesn't require it.
- Outside of the high-risk Special Flood Hazard Area, most properties will qualify for the lower-cost Preferred Risk Policy.
- Even though flood insurance isn't federally required, anyone can be financially vulnerable to floods. In fact, people outside of mapped high-risk flood areas file nearly 25% of all National Flood Insurance Program flood insurance claims and receive one-third of Federal Disaster Assistance for flooding.