The US is always prone to flooding and if one feels that his home or office is not prone to flooding, it is possible that the person is living in a false sense of hope. If you live in the Mid-west plains, by the coast, on an area not close to rivers or lakes or even on desert, there is always a flood risk. A lot of people think that floods happen due to tropical storms or hurricanes but these natural disasters are not the only reason. Some areas in the US have known to experience flooding due to rising water levels, snow melts and flash flooding due to intense rainstorms. The term ‘flood’ actually means sudden accumulation of water, silt or mud in a place that is not normally wet. Due to the increasing human activity of cutting down trees to make way for new roadways, buildings and apartments, there is a dearth of natural soil to absorb water. If there is no place for the water to be absorbed into the earth, it will remain afloat, accumulate and cause flooding. It just takes two feet of water for a car to float.
Your home insurance plan in most cases, will state that natural disasters like floods are not covered in that plan. It is always advisable to take a separate flood insurance family. Though the pricing depends on a few factors, it is not costly compared to the benefits that you can get in dire situations. In fact, if you buy a home through a federally insured mortgage, your lender will necessitate that you take flood insurance.
You can buy flood insurance through your insurance agent through the National Flood Insurance Program. It is a program that is backed by the U.S. government. According to the plan, you can also transfer your existing flood insurance policy to another one, for free.
Flood insurance cost
Here are some factors on which the premium of your flood insurance can fluctuate
1. Living at coastal areas – If you live along the coast, then the premium that you pay will be on the higher side. You can insure the building and its contents for $2, 50,000 per year at the total annual premium of $5000.
2. High risk policies – If there is no previous claim, the premiums are $2400 for
$2, 50,000 coverage. The premium is just $1000 for contents-only coverage of $100,000.
3. Preferred risk policies – If there is no previous claims, the premium cost is just $317 a year for a flood insurance coverage amount of $250,000.. Contents-only coverage of $100,000 is $196. However, if previously a flood claim was made, that premium for $250,000 moves up to $1,251 a year.
To find out the premium that you have to pay for flood insurance, you can go to floodsmart.gov and assess the risk cost online or check with your insurance agent. Also do not wait for a natural disaster to strike or news of some such thing to appear before taking insurance, because most policies have a month long waiting period.
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