Interested in Flood insurance quotes? GBW Insurance provides Flood Insurance New Jersey residents can rely on. For additional information on Flood Insurance New Jersey has available, or for flood insurance quotes, read on below.
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Para el consejo de seguro contra inundaciones, llame a 1-800-548-2329 ext. 110
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Homeowners insurance does not cover floods. Click on the next video link to get more info.
Click here for a video on flood insurance.
As we write this, the National Flood Insurance response to Hurricane Sandy is getting a lot of criticism. Here's a link to an article in the Huffington Post with examples of huge rate increases and the current uncertainty about rebuilding requirements. If you need advice, call us and we'll see if we can help.
The new flood maps for New Jersey are available. Here's a link to a set of maps where you can check the new National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) flood zones. We didn't draw the maps so we can't guarantee they're perfect, but they've been helpful to us as we counsel clients. If you know your flood zone now, you will see that there are winners and losers in the new version so it is important to check.
Why Flood Insurance?
Your home or business insurance doesn't cover floods*. Remember the 2011 flooding in New Jersey with Hurricane Irene? There was flooding and water damage in homes and businesses that had never experienced floods. And now, after Hurricane Sandy in 2012, there is much greater damage. Most of Irene's damage came from rain-caused flooding. Most of Sandy's flood damage was caused by storm surge, wind driven flooding. As of 6/15/13 Sandy related flooding has caused more than $3.5 Billion in losses covered by the National Flood insurance Program; that doesn't count uninsured losses or the private market excess flood insurance.
You can still get flood insurance for the future but:
It can take a month to get flood insurance in place, so click here to start a detailed quote, fill out what you can, and we'll contact you if you'd like. The flood zones, requirements, and prices are changing in NJ so get in touch with us to get a flood insurance quote, or to get advice.
The majority of flood insurance in New Jersey is provided by the National Flood Insurance program (NFIP); this is the federal government flood insurance program, operating as part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Flood insurance costs will be rising. They were already scheduled to rise in many cases, and the recent disasters will put more pressure on prices.
If you need excess flood insurance from the private market, we can help you get that too. You can click here to start a conversation or call us at 1-800-548-2329.
What's the price for my property?
Flood insurance is a lot cheaper for property that isn't in the worst NJ flood zones. You may need to understand the FEMA flood zones (X, A, V, and many more) and possibly have someone create a flood insurance elevation certificate for you. The FEMA flood zone maps make a huge difference in what you pay in New Jersey. A few feet up in elevation could also save 50% or even more on the price of your flood insurance. Click here for a more detailed description of the flood zones in New Jersey, especially at the shore.
We can help you with advice and explanations to make sure you get what you need; call us at 1-800-548-2329 to start the conversation.
What does flood insurance cover?
Flood insurance covers losses to your property caused by surface water*. You are exposed because your homeowners policy does not cover flooding. The NFIP can cover structural and mechanical damage, flood debris clean-up, some kinds of contents, and floor surfaces (like carpeting and tile). It has limited coverage for items in the basement so check with us before you need the coverage (click here to contact us).
Click here for a video from the Insurance Information Institute about flood claims.
Haga clic aquí para ver un video de seguro contra inundaciones Click here for a video about flood insurance, in Spanish.
Some towns in New Jersey have not joined the NFIP program so their residents and businesses can't get the NFIP coverage. Check Flood Insurance availability with GBW Insurance. To review the Federal government list of eligible towns in New Jersey, click here.
Click on the buttons or call us for information and quotes for Flood Insurance in New Jersey. 1-800-548-2329.
Having flood insurance gives you many benefits. Not only is coverage there when you need it, but it also:
- Compensates for flood damages even if federal disaster aid is unavailable
- Pays for your covered losses, unlike interest-bearing loans through federal disaster assistance
- Comes in low-cost policies for those who qualify
- Protects compensation for flood damages because the Federal government backs NFIP flood insurance
- Helps you move on – if your property is damaged by flood, we are there to help you handle your claim.
Questions? Need help?
If you should have any questions regarding Flood Insurance, or we can assist you with a quote, please click the contact button, click here to start a detailed flood insurance quote for New Jersey locations, or contact our office at 1-800-548-2329.
For directions on how to prepare your flood damaged property for inspection by a flood adjuster, what to do about debris removal, or pictures to take to prove your flood loss, to go to a National Flood Insurance Program explanatory letter click here.
For small losses from back-up of sewers or drains, there may be coverage available under your Homeowners Insurance policy. For large properties, there may be "Excess Flood Insurance" available to you. Contact us or call us for advice. Click here for our contact page or call 1-800-548-2329. Any of our Personal Insurance advisors can help advise you about back-up of sewer and drains coverage in New Jersey.
For Sussex County or Morris County flood insurance information and quotes, call 973-426-1500, ext. 117. For Hunterdon County, Warren County, Bergen County, Somerset County, and flood insurance quotes and information for all other New Jersey counties, call 800-548-2329, ext. 117.
We represent Travelers Insurance for Home, Car, and Flood Insurance. Click here for a link to their page of advice on protecting your property from water and floodwater damage. You have to love the advice "Be watchful of snakes that may have found their way into your home."
For more information from the National Flood Insurance Program, click here for the NFIP website.
To keep track of river levels in New Jersey, click here for the US Geological Service real time water data site for New Jersey. This shows most of the rivers in New Jersey with up to the minute water levels compared to flood stage. It gives you some basic flood stage information. Flash floods can happen in NJ; heavy rain can bring up the level in a small river very quickly. And a flood can be caused by heavy rainfall coming down a long hill with impervious surfaces like parking lots.
This is downtown Manhattan during Sandy. Our President used to work in that building. What is the bicyclist doing? No clue, other than taking more risk than he probably thought.
Just for your entertainment, here's a video showing flood waters collapsing a river bank. You'll hear the folks who took the video saying they should get out of there (as cracks are spreading towards them). Ya think?
*The NFIP defines flood as, "a general and temporary condition where two or more acres of normally dry land or two or more properties are inundated by water or mudflow."
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