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PCI to homeowners: Now is the time for flood insurance

CHICAGO, September 2, 2013-- While this hurricane season has been quiet thus far, there’s still potential for a major storm to develop and cause massive flooding. The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America is urging homeowners, business owners, and renters to strongly consider purchasing flood insurance if they haven’t done so already.

The standard homeowner’s insurance policy does not cover flood damage, so one must purchase the additional coverage to be fully protected.

“Superstorm Sandy once again highlighted the importance of flood insurance. But it’s not just for those homeowners living along the Gulf Coast.  Homeowners along the east coast should take the time to purchase a policy before it’s too late,” said PCI’s director of personal lines, Chris Hackett.

Following Sandy, nearly $3.7 billion in National Flood Insurance Program payments have been made to New Yorkers and $3.5 billion for residents of New Jersey who had flood insurance.

“After both Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Irene, we saw many homeowners who did not have that important protection and faced serious financial consequences. Talk with your insurance company or agent about your coverage to be sure you are properly protected,” said Hackett.

As the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) points out, it takes just a few inches of water to cause thousands of dollars in damage, proof that it’s never too late to protect your property by purchasing flood insurance. Flood insurance is available through the national flood insurance program (NFIP): http://www.floodsmart.gov/floodsmart/, or call 800-427-4661.

For more tips and information, please visit PCI’s online Flood Headquarters at http://www.pciaa.net/web/sitehome.nsf/lcpublic/730?opendocument.


Photo: Hurricane Sandy (c) NOAA NASA

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