Denver, CO -- Destruction from the Colorado wildfires has altered landscape and flooding has already begun in burned areas. One of the most important things Colorado residents can do to protect their homes, businesses, and personal property is buy flood insurance.
To help people understand the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and how it works, the Federal Emergency Management Agency will host workshops in Castle Rock and Cañon City. The training is for insurance agents, lenders and appropriate community officials. It will explain how to protect residents and businesses from the financial damage of flooding.
The Castle Rock workshop will be held on Wednesday, July 31, at the Douglas County Events Center, 500 Fairgrounds Dr. (Exit 182 off of I-25 and go east for 1 mile). The Cañon City workshop will be on Thursday, Aug. 1, at the Commissioners Board Meeting Room No. LL3, 615 Macon Ave.
Training topics will include how to determine flood zones and read flood maps, what a flood insurance policy covers and does not cover, and mandatory purchase guidelines. Insurance agents will receive four hours of continuing education credit for this session.
Those interested in attending should call 303-235-4614 and leave their company name and the number of people attending from their company. Callers should specify whether they will be attending the Castle Rock or Cañon City meeting.
Standard homeowners insurance policies do not protect against flood-related losses. Only flood insurance does. Flood insurance will pay even if there is no federal disaster declaration. Buying a national flood insurance policy is the first line of defense against economic loss caused by flooding. Homeowners, renters and business owners can call the NFIP at 1-800-427-4661 for the names of local agents who handle flood insurance.