Consider Protecting Your:
- High value home
- Vacation home
- Coastal property
- Commercial property
Protect Yourself From:
- Loss from water damage
- Sewage and drain backups
- Erosion caused by especially strong waves
- Mudflows and mudslides
- Other unusual or abnormal water patterns
Homeowners, condo, renters, and commercial property insurance policies provide protection from lots of perils, but they also have exclusions that prevent certain incidents from being covered by the policies. Floods are one of the potential incidents that are often excluded from these insurance policies, which is why there’s flood insurance. Flood policies give property owners, including both individuals and businesses that own property, access to protection from flooding. Flood coverage is widely available to homeowners, condo owners and businesses, and some insurance providers even offer flood policies for renters.
Flood policies generally offer protection from unusual or abnormal water patterns. Floods are the most famous atypical water pattern, at least partly because they can cause a lot of damage in a short amount of time. Floods are just one example of unusual water pattern, though. Other abnormal patterns that a flood policy might cover include erosion caused by especially strong waves, mudflows and mudslides, and other patterns specifically noted in a policy’s paperwork. Exact coverages can vary slightly from policy to policy.
Almost any person or entity that owns property can benefit from getting a flood policy to supplement their other property insurance policy. In high-risk areas where flooding is common, property owners can scarcely afford to be without protection. In fact, people and businesses that have property in certain high-risk areas may even be required by law to carry a flood policy. In areas that don’t flood as often, property owners often still can benefit from having flood coverage. Flood policies for properties in low-risk areas are usually affordable, and they can provide important protection if a flood ever does occur. After all, few individuals and businesses could afford to fully recover from a flood with just their financial resources.
When they’re made available, disaster relief funds can generally be used to repair and restore property that was damaged in a flood. Property owners shouldn’t treat the disaster relief program as an insurance program, though. To start with, the disaster relief program doesn’t provide grants for rebuilding after a natural disaster. The program instead offers no-interest loans. These loans don’t typically have interest rates, but the money borrowed must eventually be paid back. Furthermore, these funds often aren’t available. They’re only accessible after the president declares a disaster to be a national disaster, and many floods are never acknowledged as such by the president. While property owners may want to borrow money through the disaster relief program if funds are made available, it’s normally still wise to have flood coverage.
In order to purchase a flood policy through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), people or businesses must own property in a community that participates with the program. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, which oversees the NFIP, maintains a comprehensive list of communities that participate in the program. For property owners who are able to take advantage of the NFIP, the policies offered through this program are subsidized by the government. In most cases, they’re the most affordable flood policies available.