How much do you know about flood insurance? Probably very little, unless you’ve had an experience with flooding or your insurance agent has discussed it with you. Check it out – take this quick What the Flood interactive quiz to see if you understand the insurance protection that would apply should common water damage scenarios occur. The quiz is promoted by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), who offer great info on Understanding Flood Insurance.
Here are a few common flood insurance myths
- Myth: I don’t need flood insurance because I already have homeowners insurance.
Reality. Homeowners insurance rarely covers flood damage – talk to your agent.
- Myth: I don’t need flood insurance because I don’t live in a high-risk flood zone.
Reality: More than 20% of the National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP) claims come from outside high-risk flood areas.
- Myth: It’s already hurricane season so I am too late to buy flood insurance this year.
Reality. You can purchase flood insurance any time, but it generally takes effect 30 days after purchase for coverage to take place.
Here’s a handy NAIC infographic that shows homeowners vs flood insurance coverage:
Why not have a chat with your insurance agent to find out if flood insurance makes sense for you? Here are some great questions that NAIC offers as discussion points when you talk to your insurance agent about flood insurance.