Insurance Read Time: 2 min

Protecting Your Home Against Flood Loss

In 2021, the average flood claim payout from the National Flood Insurance Program was $44,401.1

The financial loss that comes with flooding can be devastating. Yet, many Americans are not protected against flood damages, primarily because flooding is not covered under a standard homeowners policy.

Low vs. High Risk

Even if you are in a moderate-to-low-risk area—homes not residing within mapped high-risk flood plains—you could suffer flooding at some point. In fact, moderate-to-low-risk areas account for nearly 25% of all National Flood Insurance Program insurance claims and one-third of federal disaster assistance for flooding.1

To protect yourself from the financial risks of flooding, you can consider purchasing insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program, which you can obtain through a local insurance agent. However, to be eligible, you will need to live in a community that participates in the program.2

Coverage Choices

If you live in a moderate-to-low-risk area, you may qualify for coverage at a preferred rate, with building and contents coverage for one low price.

If you live in a high-risk area, the National Flood Insurance Program offers separate coverage for buildings and contents.

The cost of flood insurance depends on a number of factors, including the age of your home, the number of floors, the location of contents, and other considerations. You should consider the amount of your deductible and level of coverage before purchasing a flood insurance policy.

1. PolicyGenius.com, December 22, 2022
2. FEMA.gov, 2023

The content is developed from sources believed to be providing accurate information. The information in this material is not intended as tax or legal advice. It may not be used for the purpose of avoiding any federal tax penalties. Please consult legal or tax professionals for specific information regarding your individual situation. This material was developed and produced by FMG Suite to provide information on a topic that may be of interest. FMG, LLC, is not affiliated with the named broker-dealer, state- or SEC-registered investment advisory firm. The opinions expressed and material provided are for general information, and should not be considered a solicitation for the purchase or sale of any security. Copyright FMG Suite.

Have A Question About This Topic?

Thank you! Oops!

Related Content

How to Read Your Credit Report

How to Read Your Credit Report

Solve a mystery while learning how important your credit report is with this story-driven interactive.

Catch-Up Contributions

Catch-Up Contributions

Workers 50+ may make contributions to their qualified retirement plans above the limits imposed on younger workers.

How Compound Interest Works

How Compound Interest Works

Use this calculator to better see the potential impact of compound interest on an asset.