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Hurricane Coverage for Florida – When Is It Too Late to Purchase

Hurricane Season 2019 is here and its time to 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 up to date with Hurricane Coverage.

Don’t wait for a Tropical Storm or Hurricane watch to be issued for your area. Once there is a watch issued from the National Hurricane Center it is highly unlikely for you to get a NEW policy issued in the state of Florida or make changes to your current one.

 

 

Other things to consider for your 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.

Windstorm Deductibles

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.

Storm Shutters

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.

Call us today to get your questions answered. 863-453-3903 or visit our website budgetbirite.com fill out the form and we will have an agent contact you within 24 hours

 

 

 

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Do You Have the Right Hurricane Insurance Coverage for Florida?

The past couple of years Florida has been busy with Hurricanes. We can weather the storms or get out of the way, but number one is to always be prepared for the unexpected. Have your home owners policy up to date for hurricanes ahead of time. The standard is when the weather service puts up a Hurricane Watch for your area, you cannot make changes or obtain more coverage.
2017 was a very busy Hurricane season with 4 Hurricanes being very expensive! Hurricane Harvey (Cat 4) started the ball rolling into Texas Aug. 25, 2017 and leaving extensive damage with Houston and surrounding areas flooded.
On September 10th Hurricane Irma (Cat 4) came into the Florida Keys and ran her course up into Central Florida.About 5.6 million people evacuated, making this storm to cause one of the biggest evacuations ever ordered in the United States.
Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico with winds of 155 mph (Cat 4) on September 20th, 2017. This hurricane took an estimated 3,975 lives and left the island with massive destruction.
Nate made landfall around 7 p.m. CDT Oct. 7th near the mouth of the Mississippi River as a Category 1 Hurricane, then made its final landfall near Biloxi, Mississippi, just after midnight Oct. 8.
Then there was Hurricane Michael in 2018 hitting the Florida panhandle near Mexico Beach as a Category 5 doing devastating damage at an estimated $25.1 billion.
Contact us today to be sure your hurricane coverage is right for you, ask for a free quote! We can help you be prepared with your Hurricane policy’s before the storm and claims if needed after the storm has left.
We have experience with Hurricanes – Charlie, Francis and Jeanne in 2004 and Irma in 2017, all came right to our front door!
Get your questions answered. 863-453-3903 or visit our website budgetbirite.com fill out the form and we will have an agent contact you within 24 hours.

 

 

 

 

 

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Hurricane Awareness – Wind Damage – Flood – Storm Surges

Tropical Storms have winds from 39-73 mph. The are not as strong as a hurricane, but have the potential to do damage. Hurricane winds range from 75 mph and up. The stronger the winds the higher the category number for a Hurricane.

Category One – 74-95 mph
Damage to mobile homes and manufactured home that are not anchored, shrubbery, trees, some coastal flooding and minor pier damage. Loss of electricity. Storm surge 4-5 ft

Category Two – 96-110 mph
Damage to possible destruction of mobile homes, manufactured homes, roofs, windows, trees, shrubbery, small craft in unprotected anchorages. Loss of electricity. Storm surge 6-8 ft

Category Three – 111-130 mph
Mobile homes are destroyed. Damage to small residences and utility buildings. Structural damage to homes possible. Flooding well inland very possible. Loss of electricity. Storm surge 9-12 ft

Category Four – 131-155 mph
Extensive damage to loss of curtain wall (an outer covering of a building in which the outer walls are non-structural, used to keep out the weather.) Roof damage to destruction, damage to homes in general, flying debris, flooding, beach erosion. Loss of electricity. Storm surge 13-18 ft

Category Five – 155 mph+
Catastrophic Damage to what ever is in its path. If you do not have to be in a category Five Hurricane, Evacuate! Roof destruction, loss of any utility buildings. Major flooding to lower floors and all buildings and homes on or near a shoreline. Total destruction to mobile and manufactured homes. Extensive damage to homes and buildings. Flooding. Loss of electricity. Storm surge 18 ft +

If you live in a high rise building at the highest floor, you are likely to see more wind damage then on the lower floors, being the wind is stronger at higher levels. Lower levels may experience flooding, depending on the storm surge and category of the hurricane. If you are renting, be sure you have renters insurance, your landlords insurance may cover the building but not your personal belongings.

Hurricane winds are preceded by Tropical Storm winds and should not be taken lightly. Hurricane force most intense winds are on the right side of the eye wall. The eye wall (the inner circular formation of the hurricane) carry the highest winds and rain surrounding it. If you have the eye of a Hurricane coming over your area, you will experience a lull in the storm. This could be for just a few minutes to more depending on the size of the eye, how many miles across, and you do not want to be outside when the eye passes completely. The winds will pick up again for the other half of the storm.

Check your home owners insurance before a hurricane is near your area to be sure your up to date. Once a hurricane watch or warning has been announced you are highly unlikely able to purchase Hurricane Coverage. Flood insurance is not a part of your homeowners insurance coverage and you will have to purchase it separately and will take 30 days to go into effect. Even if you are not in a flood zone, when there is a hurricane in your area, you will run the risk of possible flooding. Purchasing Flood Insurance would be a good idea before the Hurricane season starts.

Contact Us today for a homeowners and flood insurance questions or quotes at 863-453-3903 or visit our website budgetbirite.com fill out the form and we will have an agent contact you within 24 hours.

 

 

 

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