Can Massachusetts Residents Get Coverage Via the NFIP?
A federally funded program, the National Flood Insurance Program makes flood policies available to property owners in high-risk areas where coverage would otherwise be prohibitively expensive. To obtain coverage through the program, property owners must have residential or commercial property in a community that’s deemed to be at risk of flooding and that participates in the community.
Many communities in Massachusetts participate in the program. A complete list of communities that participate can be found on FEMA’s website.
Alternatively, property owners can talk with an insurance agent who’s familiar with flood policies. An experienced agent will either know or be able to look up whether a specific property qualifies for NFIP policies.
For residents and businesses that are able to obtain coverage through the NFIP, this is usually the most affordable coverage option because it’s subsidized by the federal government.
What Kinds of Claims Do Flood Policies Cover?
While specific protections can vary, most flood policies cover claims for damage resulting from atypical water patterns. Depending on a particular policy’s terms and conditions, these patterns might include:
- Abnormal waves
- Other specified abnormal water patterns
Can Residents Use Disaster Relief Funds to Repair Flood Damage?
If they’re made available, disaster relief funds can generally be used to repair property damaged by floods. Even though this is normally permissible, there are two significant reasons why property owners may not want to rely solely on these funds.
First, disaster relief funds aren’t always available. They’re only made available when a disaster is deemed a national disaster -- something the president must proclaim. Numerous disasters cause significant local damage but are never deemed a national event.
Second, these funds aren’t free money when they are available. The funds are given as interest-free loans that must eventually be repaid. Thus, property owners ultimately end up paying for repairs themselves, even if they do get to spread the cost out over several years.
How Can Residents Get Flood Insurance?
Comparing flood policies requires carefully reviewing different policies’ terms and conditions, as well as the terms and conditions of any homeowners or commercial property policy that’s in place. The fine print is what determines how various incidents are treated by a policy.
For help comparing flood insurance policies, contact the insurance professionals at Paul T. Murphy Insurance. Our independent agents have helped many Massachusetts residents and businesses, and we’d be happy to assist you as well.