Buy flood insurance now as opposed to waiting, says FEMA

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency is telling people not to delay before purchasing coverage. FEMA has issued a recommendation to homeowners, instructing them to buy flood insurance today instead of waiting to make their decision at a later date. The Federal Emergency Management Agency said that now is a good time for buying this coverage. The policies to which FEMA referred are through the National Flood Insurance Program. Among the top reasons FEMA is saying that homeowners should buy flood insurance now instead of later is that there is a…

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The federal flood insurance program is broken and the repairs will be costly

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NFIP is now fifty years old but the program has not undergone a healthy aging process. The subsidized federal flood insurance program is half a century old and is in dire need of fixes – or potentially a complete overhaul – that will, unfortunately, be unavoidably expensive. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has become increasingly costly and unsustainable. Federal flood insurance faced its second highest ever claim year in 2017. Hurricanes Florence, Harvey ad Michael placed the spotlight back onto the NFIP’s fundamental flaws. Insurance industry models show a…

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Flood insurance extension to be approved through new spending package

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The good news, however, may only extend until July when a new deadline may approach once more. A new flood insurance extension will take the pressure off the program for another four months. The $1.3 trillion federal spending deal will give the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) another reprieve. This is the fourth temporary extension the NFIP has experienced since September 2017. Washington lawmakers have now given themselves until July to either create another flood insurance extension or overhaul the NFIP. The alternative would be to allow the country’s flood…

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Tropical Storm Cindy provides this year’s flood insurance reality check to homeowners

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Property owners who didn’t heed warnings at the start of the hurricane season are thinking again. From the point that Tropical Storm Cindy received its name, it was already too late for homeowners to buy flood insurance for coverage against any damage it may cause. This was the warning government officials issued at the start of the hurricane season, but the message always reaches too few. The severe weather is expected to bring a foot of water, along with high winds, to Louisiana and Texas. Tropical Storm Cindy brought several…

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West Virginia flood insurance rare despite increased risk

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The vast majority of homeowners don’t have coverage against the most expensive type of natural disaster. West Virginia flood insurance has yet to become commonplace in that market. That is problematic when taking into account the fact that flooding is the fastest growing form of natural disaster. Moreover, it is also the most costly form of natural disaster in the state. In the majority of West Virginia counties, not even one percent of households have this insurance coverage. Not even a month after deadly flooding struck a great deal of…

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Flood insurance premiums to grow in the US

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Homeowners will face higher flood premiums as of April 1 Flood insurance premiums in the United States are set to spike on April 1. Those with coverage through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) will see higher rates as the program continues to recover from its massive $24 billion debt. Much of the debt came in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy. These two disasters caused significant financial damage, which NFIP has been unable to recover from despite action taken by Congress. Consumers believe higher rates may be…

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Flood insurance rates set to rise

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Homeowners and businesses will see an increase in their coverage costs Flood insurance rates are expected to rise soon, with homeowners in risk-prone areas being hit the hardest by the increase. While flood protection costs have been mitigated for a time, higher rates were inevitable in order to ensure that the National Flood Insurance Program from its financial problems. Per the provisions of the Flood Insurance Affordability Act, which had initially halted the rise in insurance premiums, new surcharges will be issued on properties with flood protection. Primary residences will…

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