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NJ Flood Claims Reopened

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IMG_0345Meeting yesterday  with the Professional Insurance Agents of NJ, #PIANJNYConf  the Commissioner of Banking and Insurance outlined the reopening of flood claims from Hurricane Sandy.

Commissioner Kobylowski said that private insurance companies servicing the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) have had relatively few complaints.  However, there are some components of the Sandy losses that have led to a general reopening of claims.

There were approximately 75,000 flood claims in NJ from Sandy.

Of those claims approximately 7,500 involved engineering reports.

Of the those, approximately 3,500 reports were prepared by engineering companies which have been accused of mistakes or misstatements in other states.

The NFIP is offering to reopen claims as necessary to be certain that proper procedures will be followed.

Mailings to the 3,500 claimants above will go out first, followed by mailings to the remainder of the 7,500 claimants whose losses required engineering reports.  And the third wave of letters will go to the remainder of the 75,000 claimants.

This is all dependent on the Federal program, NFIP, which is controlled by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  The NJ Department of Banking and Insurance (DOBI) will monitor the actions and results from this project and provide consumer information where warranted.

Written by gbwinsurance

June 9, 2015 at 9:06 am

Flood Insurance Maps in New Jersey

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Flood insurance takes 30 days to put into effect. So start now if you want it when you need it.  Try our site for quotes.  Click here, fill in what you can, and we will help you get a quote. (Remember to fill in the security code at the bottom.)

Here is a link to the new flood insurance maps in NJ. This uses National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) data (part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA).

While we can’t guarantee these maps, because we don’t control the site, they have been useful to us in counseling clients.  There have been winners and losers in the new maps; some New Jersey areas have been moved to lower risk designations, many have moved to higher risk and higher costs.

With new maps in place, individuals whose property was damaged by Hurricane Sandy now know how high they have to raise their property to qualify for lower rates.

But keep an eye on rate changes.  While the FEMA/NFIP program states that prices will rise under caps, the caps come off when you make certain changes.  That’s when you see the headlines about people whose flood insurance rate has gone up 100% or even 1,000%.

If you have questions, need some advice, want to change agents, or need to start a flood policy, please give us a call at 1-800-548-2329, extension 117.   Para Español, ext. 110

Tropical Storm headed toward you?

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Insurance companies prohibit adding or starting property coverage when named storms approach. A tropical storm is approaching the Atlantic coast of the US. If you want property coverage, if your coverage is inadequate, act now.

If you need help in with New Jersey insurance coverage, call us today. 1-800-548-2329. or http://www.GBWinsurance.com

If you want flood insurance, it may be too late for this month, but you should get started if you want it before September.  Hurricanes in the Northeast peak late in the season.

Prepare for disasters in advance

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Hurricane season for 2013 starts in less than a month.  Preparing in advance may take more time than we have before the next hurricane.  Or you may have a couple of years before the next major hurricane strikes you.  Either way, here are some locations for preparation advice.

Residential preparation: Click here for the DisasterSafety.org pamphlet on preparing for hurricane damage to homes.

Or go to this GBWInsurance.com link for more catastrophe preparation and response info and suggestions from Travelers Insurance and Hanover Insurance.

Business preparation: Click here for the DisasterSafety.org page leading to a full business recovery preparation program.  This is an excellent introduction to developing a step by step business recovery plan.  If you would like help with this or additional resources, call us at 1-800-548-2329 ext. 101

After two years of significant hurricane damage in the Northeast, we should all be on our toes about catastrophe preparation and catastrophe insurance (flood and windstorm).  The odds of another serious storm are exactly the same as they were in 2011 and 2012.

After the disaster – Commercial Property Insurance

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When you have a large property loss, do you have enough insurance to clean up and prepare your site as well as to replace the building?  Will your business survive the event?  Here are some steps to help y0u prepare, and to increase your change of coming back from disaster.

  1. Local laws, ordinances, and building codes can affect your ability to repair or rebuild. 
  2. The laws may require you to tear down the remainder of the building if it is significantly damaged.
  3. Debris from an older building may be regulated by hazardous waste laws.
  4. If the building is more than a few years old, new building codes can force you to spend more than simple replacement cost.   As examples: interior and exterior doors may have to be changed;  hallway widths may have to be altered; stairway requirements may have changed; fire suppression systems may have to be upgraded, or installed if you did not have them before.  
  5. In the event of a widespread disaster, a hurricane for example, prices for building materials and labor usually rise because so many building owners are trying to rebuild at the same time.
  6. Even if your building sustains little damage, what insurance coverage do you have if damage to buildings near your business blocks access? 
  7. What coverage do you have for power failures?

Most of these questions can be addressed in advance by talking with your local municipality as well as with your insurance advisor.  Call us at 800-548-2329 for advice or click here for more detailed disaster planning advice from our web site. 

On the topic of disaster recovery, here’s an IT provider (IT Radix) who we think does a great job for their clients.  They were taken down by a goose flying into their power lines!  Click here for their story.

Cost of flooding…

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This interactive video from the National Flood Insurance Program is aimed at home owners but gives small businesses an idea of how much damage even a minor flood can do to a building.  And the answer is, a whole lot of damage.

Click here for the NFIP video

What claims have you seen from Northeast storms?

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GBW Insurance topped out with about 2% of our clients reporting claims on Flood Insurance, Homeowners Insurance for wind/falling branches damage, or Homeowners Insurance for backup of sewers and drains (water up through the sump pump for example). What have you seen?

Written by gbwinsurance

March 31, 2010 at 11:25 am