NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- FEMA has good news for Tennesseans who want to insure their homes and property against flood damage, even though they live in areas where there is only a low to moderate risk of flooding.
Preferred Risk Policies are available at relatively low cost.
This is more important than it might sound. Twenty-five to 30 percent of flood insurance claims are paid in low-risk areas, and regular homeowner policies do not cover flood losses. Not to mention the fact that just one inch of water in a typical 2,000-square-foot home can cause $20,920 in damage, according to an interactive chart at www.floodsmart.gov. (Click on the Flooding & Flood Risks tab.)
The National Flood Insurance Program, administered by FEMA, is the solution. It offers Preferred Risk Policies to property owners and renters in participating Tennessee communities. These communities have laws that reduce the potential for flood-related losses.
Since it takes 30 days for a policy to go into effect, property owners should buy flood insurance before the water starts to rise. However, there is no waiting period when the insurance is purchased in connection with opening a mortgage loan or changing the terms of an existing loan.
Many insurance agents throughout Tennessee sell such coverage and can provide additional information about it.
With Preferred Risk Policies:
- A single-family home can be insured for up to $250,000. An additional $100,000 in coverage is available for contents.
- Renters can cover personal belongings for up to $100,000.
- Businesses can be insured with limits up to $500,000 for buildings and $500,000 for contents.
Call 888-379-9531 or visit www.floodsmart.gov to learn more about Preferred Risk Policies or get a list of selling agents.
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