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For Tennesseans, Flood Insurance Is a Sound Investment

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Release Date:
六月 3, 2020

NASHVILLE – Your house has never flooded. You have a homeowner’s insurance policy. You’re thinking: “I’m covered.”

Maybe not.

Many Tennesseans may believe they don’t need to buy flood insurance. They don’t live in a high-risk flood zone. But flooding can happen anywhere, often to the surprise of residents who thought they were covered for disaster. When flooding happens, the damage is not covered by most homeowners’ insurance policies. One inch of floodwater can cause up to $25,000 of damage in a home.

In Tennessee, flooding is not uncommon. Yet only 49 percent of structures in high-risk flood zones, called Special Flood Hazard Areas, are covered by flood insurance policies issued by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The flood insurance program has 27,515 Tennessee policy holders with more than $7 billion in total coverage.

Property owners can protect themselves from these financial losses by having a flood insurance policy through the NFIP.  Flood insurance coverage is available regardless of federal disaster declarations. Insurance for contents is also available to renters. There is a 30-day waiting period before new policies go into effect, so don’t wait too late to obtain a policy.

In Tennessee, 400 communities participate in the NFIP. Residents can purchase a flood insurance policy if their community participates in the NFIP, no matter their flood risk.

Coverage is available for residential and commercial buildings and the contents in them:

  • Up to $250,000 in building coverage and up to $100,000 in contents coverage for single-to-four family residential structures
  • Up to $500,000 in building coverage and up to $100,000 in contents coverage for five-or-more family residential structures
  • Up to $500,000 in building coverage and up to $500,000 in contents coverage for businesses

How to buy:

For more information, visit FloodSmart.gov or call the NFIP helpdesk at 800-427-4661.

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