According to FEMA, misinformation about flood risk and the NFIP falls into several categories. Here are 5 misconceptions followed by the facts:
#1 Misconception: You can only buy flood insurance if you are located in a high-risk flood area.
Fact: There are no restrictions on who can purchase a flood insurance policy, however, the majority of those who purchase flood insurance, live in areas affected by flooding. For property located in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) -- an area with a 1 percent chance of flooding in any year -- lenders usually require borrowers to purchase flood insurance as a condition of receiving a federally-backed mortgage loan.
#2 Misconception: You can't buy flood insurance immediately before or during a flood.
Fact: You can purchase flood insurance at any time. There is usually a 30-day waiting period after you've applied and paid the premium before the policy is effective.
#3 Misconception: Flood insurance is only available for homeowners.
Fact: Flood insurance can provide up to $100,000 of coverage for the contents of any residential building, which includes the contents of a renter's residence.
#4 Misconception: Homeowners insurance will pay to repair and replace property that is damaged by flooding.
Fact: Unfortunately, many homeowners do not find out until it is too late that their standard homeowners policy excludes any coverage due to water damage from flooding.
#5 Misconception: Only residents of high-risk flood zones need to insure their property.
Fact: One-third of NFIP insurance claims involve property not located in an area identified as a high-risk zone. Even if you live in an area which is not flood-prone, it's advisable to have flood insurance. Flooding can be caused by extreme weather events such as heavy rainfall or hurricanes as well as new developments which decrease ground absorption of water.
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