NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- National flood insurance experts with the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM), will be reaching out to residents who sustained damage from the November Nor’easter / the remnants of Tropical Depression Ida. A door-to-door campaign to inform residents about the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) will occur Tuesday, February 2, 2010, in one of Norfolk’s hardest hit areas.
Experienced two-person teams carrying FEMA photo identification will visit an apartment complex in Norfolk’s West Ocean View community. “Most renters who live in the Commonwealth are eligible to purchase federally backed flood insurance,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Donald Keldsen. “Up to $100,000 of NFIP contents coverage is available to renters of insurable property. FEMA is here to work with VDEM to raise awareness and provide information.”
During major rain events, the tenants in this neighborhood have seen their share of flooding. Low-cost NFIP coverage is available to homeowners, renters and businesses throughout this region and renters should acquire their own insurance for furnishings and personal belongings. The landlord is only responsible for insurance on the building. “Renters shouldn’t assume that their apartment owner’s insurance will cover their losses, because in most cases it doesn’t,” said Commonwealth Coordinating Officer Michael Cline. “Flood insurance can be very inexpensive, and we urge renters to contact their insurance agent.”
NFIP experts will talk with residents, answer questions and provide literature on the program. Additional information about the NFIP is available from local insurance agents, online at www.floodsmart.gov or by calling 1-800-638-6620.
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