Hurricane Season 2016 is here and we have our first official Hurricane called Danny. Time to keep an eye on the storm and get a list of supplies together just in case. As important as preparing for a storm is, you also need to make sure you have homeowners Insurance with Hurricane Coverage.
Don’t wait for a Tropical Storm or Hurricane watch or warning to be issued for your area. Once there is either of these warnings it is highly unlikely for you to get a NEW policy issued in the state of Florida. If you do not have hurricane coverage and there is a named storm out in the ocean, now would be the time to get a policy before the warnings are up in your area.
Other things to consider for our homeowners policy.
Flooding in Florida
Flood Insurance is not included in your homeowners policy. Flood insurance is separate. Any damage from water that does not include wind and rain from the Hurricane would be covered under Flood insurance.
Check with an insurance agent and be advised that there is a 30 day waiting period before your flood policy can go into effect. You can get a flood policy even if you are not in a flood zone.
Coverage Inside and Out of your Home
Make sure you have a current policy that matches the value of your home and valuables. Now would be a good time to take inventory and re-check everything you want covered.
Don’t Be Surprised
Check into your policy to see how you benefit if there is loss due to a Tropical Storm or Hurricane. Do you have replacement of goods or will you get a cash value.
What is your deductible? Don’t wait until a storm had caused damage to find out what you deductible is. Windstorm Insurance usually carries a much higher deductible. Talk to an insurance agent about what are the best possibilities for you.
Take it With You
In the event you need to evacuate your home, take your insurance policy with you. As a back up, make copies and mail to a friend or email to yourself. You can also make copies and keep in a safety deposit box at your local bank.
Have a Pool?
Many pool owners have a screened in pool or a pool cage. Make sure this is also covered on your policy.
Having storm shutters may not only be a bonus for your home, but also on your homeowners policy. Ask an insurance agent about a bonus for having the shutters.
After The Storm
Assess your property damage, make notes and take pictures inside and out to present to your insurance agent. Keep receipts of everything your spent in repairs, and what you needed to get your through the storm. Not all may be covered but better to have them then not. If you had to evacuate or leave your property after the storm because of damage, keep receipts of hotel bills, food, rental car, etc.
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