November 3, 2020

Acrisure Perspective: 6+ Million Households & Property Owners Could Be Underestimating Their Flood Risk

Flooding remains a major natural disaster risk in the United States. Statistics show that in 2019, floods caused a total of 3.75 billion dollars’ worth of damage to property and crops across the United States. A nonprofit research and technology group recently released a report with flood risk data for more than 142 million homes and properties across the United States. In contrast to FEMA’s classification of 8.7 million properties having substantial risk (or within Special Flood Hazard Areas), the report identified 14.6 million total properties with the same level of risk.

According to the insurance professionals at Acrisure’s Agency Partners, we believe that this disparity points to a worrisome trend: more than 6 million households and property owners could be underestimating or unaware of the extent of their flood risks. Most homeowners’ insurance policies exclude flooding coverage, which can lead to financial issues in rebuilding efforts after a disaster. Properties in high-risk areas face a 26% chance of experiencing a flood, which is comparably higher than fire risks.

While high-level investors once purchased exclusive flood risk assessments from for-profit agencies, the public now has full access to the same insights via newly available reports as well as data-savvy brokers. We believe this development will truly level the playing field for home and business owners seeking the best means of securing flood insurance for their valuable assets.

Securing the Right Flood Coverage for your Home or Business: Acrisure’s Agency Partners Deliver Nationwide

Property and business owners should seek a trusted insurance advisor that can recommend the right insurance coverage according to the most transparent and comprehensive flood risk assessment methods. Our Agency Partners are leading insurance brokers that can help navigate the most beneficial solution according to your home’s or business’s detailed flood risk data.

Our Partners believe in applying the most innovative tools and information in helping safeguard the interests of their clients. Additionally, they can advise property owners on every aspect of various flood insurance policies, such as coverage terms and conditions.

For home and business owners, there is much to consider when deciding the right flood insurance protection. Our Partners can analyze your unique situation and share important considerations when opting for National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) coverage or protection from a private insurer. For example, did you know that NFIP does not cover a homeowner’s cost of flood damage to basements and pool equipment, or living expenses in the event of displacement caused by a flood? If this type of protection matters to you, our Partners can discuss the private flood insurance options available to provide homeowners and businesses with this and other coverages at an affordable cost.

Acrisure’s Agency Partners also offer alternate policies that provide coverage for primary structures, belongings, and annexed buildings like detached garages. While NFIP and private flood insurance rate premiums according to flood zones, private insurance coverages can draw on more accurate data than FEMA. Additionally, private flood insurance can offer greater coverage limits than government-issued NFIP policies, making them an ideal choice for high-value properties.

Our Partners aim to help you achieve maximum flood insurance protection for your precious properties to help give you peace of mind year-round. Speak with one of our dedicated team members to discuss these findings and learn how you can secure the right flood insurance coverage without delay.

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