September 18, 2017

 

Thank you Board member Jennifer Rosdail for distributing Roadmap to Recovery Guides to Hurricane Harvey Victims in Texas and being a highly effective UP volunteer.  Jennifer is pictured here doing relief work in the Lone Star State this week with a KW Cares team member and son Elvis...

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September 6, 2017

The National Flood Insurance Program has showed strong leadership by granting UP's request to make it easier for households and businesses impacted by Harvey to get their insurance claims filed and paid fairly and on time.  The program operates under rules set by Congress.

The rules for NFIP claims are much more strict and technical than standard property insurance claims.  They say how and when you have to file your flood damage claim, how detailed it has to be, how quickly it can be...

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August 30, 2017

Unless a bank requires you to buy it, you probably aren't paying for flood insurance on your home. Maybe it's because you don't live near water. Maybe it's because your community mapping is outdated. Maybe it's because an insurance agent said you don't need it. Maybe you can't afford it. Whatever the reason, now would be a GREAT time to reconsider.  So much rain fell on Texas during Hurricane Harvey in August 2017 that the National Weather Service had to add...

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March 16, 2017

Reforming and/or re-authorizing the ​National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has moved front and center in our nation's Capitol in the past month, and was mentioned prominently in the budget proposal recently issued by the White House. The NFIP is basically a privatized government program created by Congress through which insurance companies and vendors get paid to sell flood insurance and process claims in coordination with a small staff of public...

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February 7, 2017

If your property has been damaged due to a heavy rain and high winds, it can be tricky to collect insurance benefits to pay for repairs.  

Home and renters policies exclude some but not all types of water damage.  "Flood" damage (the policy should define what the insurer considers a "flood") and earth movement are excluded.  Water damage from sewers and drains that back up may or may not be covered, depending on the wording in the specific home/renters policy.  If wind or falling trees cause damage to pipes or contribute to water getting into a dwelling, there...

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