Flood Insurance Protection
It is crucial to take precautions against flooding, as standard homeowners insurance does not cover flooding caused by hurricanes, tropical storms, heavy rains, and other situations.
The NFIP was created in 1968 to provide flood insurance to property owners. Flood insurance is available through the NFIP if their community is a participant. Communities that participate in the NFIP agree to adopt and enforce ordinances that meet or exceed FEMA standards in order to reduce flood risk. Find out more about the NFIP and how it can help you protect yourself.
Flood insurance protects two types of insurable property: building and contents. The first covers your building, the latter covers your possessions; neither covers the land they occupy.
Building coverage includes:
- The insured building and its foundation
- The electrical and plumbing system
- Central air conditioning equipment, furnaces, and water heaters
- Refrigerators, cooking stoves, and built-in appliances such as dishwashers
- Permanently installed carpeting over unfinished flooring
Contents coverage includes:
- Clothing, furniture, and electronic equipment
- Portable and window air conditioners
- Portable microwaves and dishwashers
- Carpeting that is not already included in property coverage
- Clothing washers and dryers
The two most common reimbursement methods for flood claims are: Replacement Cost Value (RCV) and Actual Cash Value (ACV). The RCV is the cost to replace damaged property. It is reimbursable to owners of single-family, primary residences insured to within 80% of the building's replacement cost.
All other buildings and personal property (i.e. contents) are valued at ACV. The ACV is the RCV at the time of loss minus physical depreciation. Personal property is always valued using the ACV.