ATLANTA, Ga. -- The town of Denton in Davidson County, N.C. is now a participating community in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which means those living and working in the town can purchase federally-underwritten flood insurance.
Flooding is the most common and costly natural disaster in the U.S. Standard homeowner's, business owner's, and renter's insurance doesn't cover flood damage, so a separate flood insurance policy can provide property owners with financial protection against the devastating effects of flooding.
On May 10, 2012, Denton joined the program and is now among nearly 21,000 communities participating in the NFIP nationwide. The NFIP does more than make flood insurance available; it also supports local communities in their efforts to reduce the risk and consequences of serious flooding. In order to participate in the program, a community must agree to adopt and enforce sound floodplain management regulations and ordinances to reduce future flood damage. In exchange for these practices, flood insurance is available to homeowners, business owners and renters in participating communities.
Even if you don't live in an area at high-risk of flooding, you should still consider flood insurance because anyone can be financially vulnerable to floods. People outside of high-risk areas file more than 20 percent of NFIP claims and receive one-third of disaster assistance for flooding.
The NFIP is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency which works with nearly 90 private insurance companies to provide affordable flood insurance to property owners and renters in NFIP-participating communities. Flood insurance policies may be written by state-licensed property and casualty insurance agents.
For more information on the National Flood Insurance Program, visit www.floodsmart.gov.
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