Flood insurance can be what makes or breaks a business or family's finances after a large storm or natural disaster. Take for instance Hurricane Katrina. People were displaced, homes and businesses were irreparably damaged and lives were destroyed. When a disaster hits, you should be prepared with the necessary coverage to protect your assets and family.
Staggering numbers of businesses did not reopen after Katrina because they did not have the proper flood insurance to ensure overall coverage. Bills have to be paid, revenue is lost. And what do you do if your business is completely destroyed? You have to prepare ahead of time and make sure that you are properly insuring to cover all of your needs.
To make the most of current flood insurance resources:
1. Start with learning the basics on flood insurance. Learn why you need it, what is covered and how the U.S. government is taking a part in the industry.
2. Find flood insurance through a price comparison site.
3. Look at flood insurance information from major insurance providers.
Learn the basics of flood insuranceStart by familiarizing yourself to why you need flood insurance, as well as look at government programs that center around national flooding issues and national flood insurance issues and policies.
FEMA's Floodsmart.gov site to learn about the national flood insurance program and other flood risk, preparedness and recovery information. If your area has been flooded, you can work to file your claim through their site as well. Look at the video coverage by AmeriFlood on such topics as "Do I need flood insurance?" and more. Find helpful general information on flood insurance from Cook County Sheriff Emergency Management Agency. Find information why you should obtain a flood policy and where you can go about obtaining one from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
Use a comparison site to find your flood insurance providerUse a price and service comparison site to give you a broad look at various flood insurance providers all in one location.
Federal Citizen Information Center. Compare coverage from a number of different agents through Insure Home.
Make a flood insurance list of big name providersList and compare services of nationally known flood insurance providing companies. Note that you can also generally obtain substantial discounts by purchasing additional lines of insurance like home, fire, business, life and health insurance to give that company a multiline policy for you.
- Floods happen in all 50 states, so obtaining flood insurance is not implausible just because you think your town or state is safe. Instead consult flood plain data from your county surveyor's office to see where the areas of high risk are in your community. Lakes flood, rivers flood, steams and coasts flood as well.