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Flood Insurance Policies to Expire This Year, New Insurance Purchase Necessary

Palm trees bend during previous Virgin Islands hurricanes. (Source file photo)

Following the devastating disasters and hurricane season of 2017, the Federal Emergency Management Agency purchased three-year flood insurance policies for thousands of disaster survivors whose homes were flooded. Those policies are set to expire this year, and survivors will need to purchase a new flood insurance policy or obtain other flood insurance in order to remain eligible for future FEMA assistance.

Part of the eligibility of receiving financial assistance after a flood is that a homeowner or renter must obtain and maintain flood insurance to ensure that there is no lapse in coverage. If a property affected by a flood is sold, the new owners are required to have flood insurance for the property as well.

Participants must purchase a flood insurance policy, or they will be ineligible to receive most forms of assistance in subsequent disasters.

In the U.S. Virgin Islands, there are 15 policies expiring from hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Flood Insurance Can Be Key to Recovery

Flood insurance policies are crucial to recovering quickly following a flood event as homeowner’s and renter’s policies do not typically cover flood damage.

Additionally, flood insurance will pay claims regardless of whether there is a major disaster declaration. Flood insurance claims can be paid for such events as flash flooding, storm sewer backup, river overflow, storm surge, mudslides or tropical systems.

Since its inception in 1968, FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program has paid more than $69 billion in flood claims to help survivors rebuild their lives following flood events.

To find an insurance carrier or agent, visit www.FloodSmart.gov or call FEMA National Flood Insurance Program direct toll-free, 800-638-6620, option 2.

For more information about the National Flood Insurance Program and or insurance, call the National Flood Insurance general call center at 800-427-4661.

If there are any questions about a Group Flood Insurance Policy, call the National Flood Insurance direct call center at 800-638-6620.

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