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The 2020 Hurricane Season
here and I can’t stress enough how critical it is to prepare now before the
next storm takes aim at the Sunshine State. Experts are already predicting
an active storm season, and homeowners insurance policies may contain
limitations and exclusions, so it’s important consumers review their
insurance policies now to better understand their coverage.
continue to face the impacts of COVID-19, we must remember severe weather
and hurricanes do not care that we’re responding to a pandemic. If you
haven't already, conduct a disaster preparedness check-up and make sure you
are prepared by checking your homeowners insurance policy to ensure you are
adequately covered. Now is the time to make sure your home and family are
protected. Do not wait until a storm is approaching, it may be too late.
Hurricane Financial Preparedness Tips
- Secure flood insurance coverage. Standard homeowners
insurance policies don’t cover flood damage. If you live in a flood-prone
area, contact your agent about obtaining flood insurance. There are
several insurance carriers writing flood insurance in Florida’s private
insurance market. Depending on your home’s location, you may qualify to
enroll in the federally-administered
National Flood Insurance Program.
- Ensure you are adequately covered. The value of your
home and possessions may have increased during the past several years, or
you may have made home improvements. Review your insurance policy and check
your coverage limits.
not wait until a storm approaches. Property insurance companies do
not accept new applications or requests to increase coverage once a
hurricane nears Florida, so it is important not to wait until a storm is
imminent to verify coverages. In addition, most flood insurance policies
take 30 days to go into effect, so it is vital to act now.
For additional hurricane financial preparedness tips and resources, visit
or contact my Insurance Consumer Helpline
by calling 1-877-MY-FL-CFO (693-5236).