The National Flood Insurance Program

Updated 10/19/2009

National Flood Insurance Program LogoJust a few inches of water from a flood can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage. Over the past 10 years, the average flood claim has amounted to over $33,000. Flood insurance is the best way to protect yourself from devastating financial loss.

Flood insurance is available to homeowners, renters, condo owners / renters, and commercial owners / renters. Costs vary depending on how much insurance is purchased, what it covers, and the property's flood risk.

All policy forms provide coverage for buildings and contents. However, you might want to discuss insuring personal property with your agent, since contents coverage is optional. Typically, there's a 30-day waiting period - from date of purchase - before your policy goes into effect. That means now is the best time to buy flood insurance.

For more on National Flood Insurance for visit the Flood Smart website. View FEMA Food Maps.