Flood Insurance Information
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As a Florida resident, Flood Insurance is almost certainly a necessity. What most homeowners don't realize is that their homeowners insurance does not cover damages from flood. While it will cover some damage from rain, it will not cover losses if your home is filled with water as a result of rising bodies of water.
Flood insurance policies cover your actual home &/or your personal property. You can buy one or both. While some properties require flood insurance, others do not. Regardless of whether you are required to or not, it is an extremely good idea to cover this type of coverage to cover losses.
Flood damage is defined as water that covers at least 2 acres of land that’s normally dry, or it has to have damaged two or more properties (one being your home).
The water must also:
- Come from overflowing inland or tidal waters
- Have unusual, rapid accumulation or runoff of surface waters from any source
In contrast, water that comes from sewer or drain backups, or a sump pump that overflows is not considered a flood.
Common Flood Insurance Questions:
Why Is Flood Insurance Important?
Many Florida homes may be at risk of floods, even those never flooded before. Depending on your level of risk, your need for flood insurance may be significant.
Standard home insurance may provide coverage for household water damage resulting from a burst pipe. However, homeowners insurance coverage does not typically extend to flood-related damage. This means that in order to be properly protected against such risks, it’s often necessary to purchase a flood insurance policy.
How Does Flood Insurance Work?
By filing a claim on your flood insurance plan, you may receive compensation for your losses and reduce your flood recovery costs.
Most flood insurance plans are underwritten by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). If you live in a community that participates in the NFIP, you may purchase an NFIP plan. Usually, you can buy NFIP plans both through major insurers and the NFIP Direct system. Non-NFIP plans are also available, though they are less common.
What Does Flood Insurance Cover?
NFIP plans must comply with standards set by federal law. They offer two types of coverage:
There may also be coverage for debris removal costs, loss avoidance and cost of compliance.
Who Needs Flood Insurance?
Homeowners may be required to buy flood insurance if:
You live in a designated high-risk flood zone, and you have a mortgage backed by a federally-insured lender.
Your lender requires its mortgage holders to purchase flood insurance regardless of whether you live in a high-risk zone.
You live in a high-risk flood zone and have ever received disaster assistance through FEMA or the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). If you do not purchase a policy, you will typically not qualify for future aid.
How We Can Help
The Niceville Insurance Agency can help you determine which flood insurance options are best for you. It’s a good idea to have your flood insurance plan in place as soon as you close on a home purchase. We can help you get the flood insurance you may want as a Florida homeowner. Call us today at 850-729-2131 to get started.