Flood Insurance Options
There are two types of flood insurance. There’s insurance that is back through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and private insurance.
NFIP insurance is backed by the government, meaning if you have an incident, you put a claim into FEMA. These NFIP insurance policies aren’t issued by FEMA, but are written by a licensed insurance agent. NFIP policies have some limitations. They cover homes up to $250,000 and contents up to $100,000. If you have a higher end home or a lot of valuables, this amount of coverage may not be enough.
Private flood insurance is your second option. If you choose private insurance, you can purchase both NFIP and use private insurance to subsidize your insurance coverage. This is called “excess flood insurance.” You can also purchase private flood insurance by itself to allow yourself a greater amount of coverage to ensure you can fix, replace, and repair your entire property and contents to like-new condition. Private insurance will also cover more of your property’s structures like swimming pools, detached structures, garages, barns, and basements, with a max rebuild limit of $500,000.