Homeowners – Know Your Risk
Flooding is the most costly and repetitive natural disaster affecting the United States. According to FEMA, during the life of a 30-year mortgage there is a 26-percent chance that a home or business located in a mapped floodplain will flood.
High risk flood zones are denoted on the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) by Zones A, AE or AH. If you live in a high risk area, you will be required to purchase flood insurance. You will also be required to get an elevation certificate to determine the elevation of the lowest enclosed floor and the Base Flood Elevation (BFE). This is the only way a flood insurance agent can determine your premium.
Moderate to Low Risk
Moderate to low risk flood zones are indicated by Zone X. If your home is located in this area, there is technically no requirement for flood insurance, but your lender may require you to purchase flood insurance in order to protect the lender’s investment.
The Basics of Flood Insurance
- Most homeowners insurance policies do not provide coverage for damages due to flooding
- Flood insurance is available through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), but can only be purchased through a licensed insurance agent. Rates are set by the NFIP and do not differ from company to company or agent to agent.
- Chapman participates in the Community Rating System (CRS), which recognizes the community’s efforts to implement effective floodplain management practices. As a result, Chapman homeowners automatically qualify for a 10-percent discount on their flood insurance premiums.
- There is typically a 30-day waiting period for flood insurance policies to take effect. Do not wait until a flood occurs to try to get flood insurance.
- The federal government enacted changes to the National Flood Insurance Program through the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act which was signed into law on March 21st, 2014. FEMA has created a fact sheet to summarize the act. You should contact your flood insurance provider to determine how these changes will affect you.
Visit www.ready.gov/floods to learn how to prepare for a flood event, what to do during a flood event and hot to recover from a flood event.
446 N. Marshall St.
Chapman, KS 67431
Ph: (785) 922-6582
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Above the Flood: Elevating your Flood Prone House, FEMA-347 (2000)
Answers to Questions About the National Flood Insurance Program, F-084 (2011)
Elevated Residential Structures, FEMA-54 (1984)
Protecting Manufactured Homes from Floods and Other Hazards, FEMA P-85 (2009)
Protecting Floodplain Resources, FEMA-268 (1996)
Reducing Localized Flooding, FEMA-511 (2005)
FEMA’s Protecting Building Utilities From Flood Damage
FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program Fact Sheets