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What is Flood Insurance?

GreatFlorida Insurance can help protect your investment with a Florida flood insurance policy through the NFIP. The NFIP is administered by the U.S. Government. It was designed to lower the rising costs associated with repairing damage to property and belongings caused by flood.Florida has the largest number of participants in the NFIP. While flood insurance is backed by the government, it cannot be purchased directly but must be purchased through an insurance agent.

Who Needs Flood Insurance?

Federal law requires homeowner’s with property in flood zone areas or areas designated as high-risk have flood insurance. Depending on the location of the home, flood insurance could be required as a condition of the mortgagee. Properties in areas considered low or moderate risk are not required by federal law to have flood insurance-however, a lender can still make it a requirement. Flood insurance is available to homeowner’s and renters and is highly recommended to all living in Florida.

GreatFlorida Insurance agents can help you identify your property’s risk to assess your needs for flood insurance.

Many homeowners assume they can collect federal disaster assistance if a flood occurs but it is only offered when the president declares a major disaster which only happens in half of all flooding situations.

Why Flood Insurance is Important

The entire state of Florida lies within FEMA’s (Federal Emergency Management Agency) highest designation of storm frequency, making Florida a flood zone with varying levels of risk. FEMA charts flood zones on consistently updated government maps. Flooding poses a threat to a high number of Florida homes due to the proximity to water and the high number of properties in coastal areas.

You do not have to live in a high risk flood zone to experience damage, 25 percent of flood insurance claims come from low or medium risk communities.

GreatFlorida Insurance can help you select the right flood insurance whether you want to cover your structure, belongings or both.

Flooding can be caused several different ways. Hurricanes or tropical storms, an overflow of inland or tidal waters, a rapid accumulation of rain or runoff of surface waters from any source, mudflow or collapse of land or erosion can cause flooding as well as a broken water main.

It takes only inches of water in your home to cause thousands of dollars’ worth of damage. Considering the expenses associated with repairing flood damage it makes sense to purchase flood insurance. According to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) the average flood insurance claim amount between 2010 and 2014 was $42,000.

  • Most flood insurance policies require a 30-day waiting period before the policy goes into effect unless you have a new home purchase and closing is less than 30 days.
  • Flood policies must be paid in full upfront.
  • Policies are purchased for a one year term.
  • Premiums are based on the amount of coverage you desire, your deductible amount selected, your property’s flood zone risk, location and foundation type on your home.
  • Flood insurance covers the home’s foundation and its support systems as well as appliances.
  • Coverage is available for the structure and/or your belongings.
  • GreatFlorida Insurance agents can help you identify what is covered under building property coverage and personal property coverage as well as coverage for lower levels in your home such as basements and crawlspaces.
  • They can walk you through how damages are valued explaining the difference between Replacement Cost Value, RCV or Actual Cash Value, ACV and other special considerations.

Contact your local GreatFlorida Insurance agent for the best Flood Insurance rates in Florida.

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by GreatFlorida Insurance
2/21/2018

Across the country hearts are heavy, grieving the tragic school shooting in Parkland, Florida. “These tragedies impact our communities-our parents, our children, our school professionals, our first responders-the mental health of our whole country,” reminds the professionals with the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

“Even if someone is not involved directly traumatic events, especially within our state, burden our hearts and minds,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent health insurance provider.

Many people experience sadness, anxiety or anger. Some have trouble sleeping and difficulty concentrating. Their minds are dominated by the details of the event. These symptoms typically decrease over time.

Effective and healthy ways to cope during this time include:

Talking to your children about the incident, discuss how it makes them feel.

Limit news and social media exposure. Continuous exposure causes a person to relive the trauma. Also, descriptions and images in the media can cause fear in kids going to school.

Maintain your normal routine.

Connect with people in positive ways. Talk with people and take the time to listen to others. Tell people you care about that you love them.

“Doing something for others can help you channel stressful feelings,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s top independent health insurance provider.

However, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), points out that in some cases the anxiety will continue and interfere with everyday life. For people who continue to experience the effects of trauma, it is important to get professional help. Signs to look for include the following:

  • Worrying a lot or feeling very anxious, sad or fearful
  • Crying often
  • Having trouble thinking clearly
  • Having frightening thoughts
  • Feeling angry
  • Having nightmares or difficulty sleeping
  • Avoiding places or people that bring back disturbing memories and responses.

Our world seems to be experiencing tragedy and stress on a more frequent basis. Be sure to slow down and be kind to yourself as well as others.

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by GreatFlorida Insurance
1/30/2018

Most people do not look forward to filing taxes, especially with a new tax law in place for the first time in decades. Those changes can induce confusion and stress. This will be the last year for several tax credits as well as the beginning to benefit from some new ones.

Several tax credits are eliminated for the 2018 tax year. However, they are still available for your 2017 tax return.  “This will be the last year to take advantage of some deductions, so it’s important not to miss out on them,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent homeowners insurance agency.

Investing information company, The Motley Fool, reports this will be the last year to take advantage of the following tax breaks.

Personal exemptions

Property tax deductions

Mortgage interest deduction on home equity loans

Moving expenses

Unreimbursed employee expenses

Tax preparation fees

Investment-related legal and accounting fees

Job search costs

While several tax breaks will expire after this year, there are new ones are available for this year’s returns. “This year is unique with overlapping changes, so make sure your taxes are filed correctly, to avoid overpaying the IRS,” warns Buck Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s top independent homeowners insurance agency. Error rates for returns filed on paper are at 21 percent, while error rates for those filed electronically are less than one percent.

Some changes in tax deductions and credits are listed below.

Tax brackets expand. According to personal finance resource, GOBankingRates, “the federal income tax system uses a progressive tax structure, meaning that as you earn more income, your tax rate goes up as well.”

The Standard deduction, will experience a slight increase.

Health savings account– an increase to the contribution limit.

Earned income tax credit– the maximum income you can have while still qualifying for the EITC increased for each filing status. Also, you can have up to $3, 450 of investment income annually while still qualifying for the EITC.

Retirement savings credit-there is an increase in income limits.

Increased employer-paid parking or transit tax breaks

If you are looking for affordable and reliable homeowners insurance, give GreatFlorida Insurance a call.

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by GreatFlorida Insurance
9/6/2017

With Hurricane Irma’s path is still uncertain, preparations across Florida are underway. State officials are warning residents to prepare for the worst.

“Seeing the recent destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey, Floridians are taking this storm threat seriously, says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent homeowners insurance agency.

What do you need?

For starters, assemble an emergency kit. Your emergency kit should contain at least the essentials. Consider making one to keep in your car and one at home. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA recommends:

  • Water-rule of thumb is one gallon per person per day for 3 days
  • Food-non-perishable items for at least 3 days for each person
  • A battery powered or hand crank radio
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Multi-purpose tool, such as Swiss Army knife
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Plastic bag for trash
  • Map of your area
  • Medications
  • A copy of important documents- birth certificates, passport, insurance policies, etc.
  • Blanket
  • Emergency contact information
  • Cell phone and charger

Try to always keep at least half a tank of gas in your car in case you need to hit the road in hurry. Likewise, have some cash on hand or in your emergency kit. Also, know if you live in an evacuation area, get familiar with the evacuation routes.

 

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Time is an asset. “As part of your preparations take a photo inventory, it is the simplest way to document your possessions,” suggests Buck with GreatFlorida Insurance. Snap pictures of your closets and drawers to show ownership of clothes and shoes. Take clear photos of jewelry, electronics, power tools, china and other valuables you might own. Date the photos and if possible list the purchase price. If anything is destroyed, this step is helpful when dealing with replacement costs regarding homeowners insurance and renters insurance.

Most homeowners insurance cover hurricane wind damage, but not flood damage. Flood insurance is provided by the National Flood Insurance Program. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, (NOAA), “Flooding is the most frequent and severe weather threat.” With 90 percent of natural disasters in the U.S. being flood related. Floods are also the costliest natural disaster.

Federal disaster assistance is only offered when the president declares a major disaster, which happens half of the time. The Insurance Information Institute, III reports that most insurers will not allow changes to be made to insurance policies once a hurricane watch or warning is issued by the National Hurricane Center.

What to expect?

The National Hurricane Center is reporting that Irma is currently a category 5 hurricane and “extremely dangerous.” Hurricane Wilma (category 5), hit Florida in 2005 leaving almost 4 million people statewide without electricity for several days. Widespread flooding and property damage is common during a severe storm preventing access to clean water and shutting down businesses.

Hurricanes cause storm surges and battering waves, producing an abnormal rise of water that can travel several miles inland. There is also flooding from heavy rains, along with wind and tornadoes.

Insurance is designed to help people rebuild their lives. GreatFlorida Insurance can help protect your home with a Florida flood insurance policy provided by the National Flood Insurance Program. We also offer homeowners insurance and renters insurance.

 

 

 

 

 

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by GreatFlorida Insurance
8/22/2017

Recently, Consumer Reports published an article, “What you don’t know about homeowners insurance could cost you.” The article serves as an important reminder to review your policy before disaster strikes. Do not be caught overpaying on homeowners insurance while lacking the protection you expect or truly need.

“Purchasing a home is an overwhelming task, with so many details so when it comes time to get homeowners insurance, it is common to select inadequate coverage without knowing it,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance.

Homeowners insurance serves to protect you and your family from the anxiety of a worst-case scenario. Of course, if a catastrophe doesn’t occur, you probably don’t think much about it. Consumer Reports unveils some surprises to consider when selecting and reviewing your homeowners insurance. We examine some of them below.

Paying too much

Homeowners insurance requires a careful assessment of your risks and coverage needs. We recommend working with an independent agent who can compare premiums and isn’t beholden to just one company,” says Consumer Reports.

When selecting homeowners insurance, go with a company that offers flexibility in pricing. Independent insurance agents like the ones at GreatFlorida Insurance, comparison shop different insurance companies to find customers the best service at the best price. Captive agents at a company such as Allstate are restricted to only offer their company’s insurance products leaving you no other options for price. Switching insurers on your current policy could save you thousands.

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Not enough coverage

A standard homeowners insurance policy covers the structure and outbuildings, contents of the home, liability if you are legally responsible for damage to others, medical payments if someone is injured on your property and additional living expenses if your home is uninhabitable due to a covered loss. Any additional coverage, you most likely will need to add.

Also, the amount of homeowners insurance required, is partially determined on the value of your home. Renovations will drive up the price of your home and your current insurance might not be sufficient to replace your new items, such as a new marble counter top if it is damaged.

However, renovations do not always mean an increase. Some upgrades such as window and door replacement or the installation of a security system can make you eligible for lower premiums or discounts.

Consider Flood Insurance

“It only takes inches of water in your home to cause thousands of dollars’ worth of damage,” reminds Buck with GreatFlorida Insurance. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declares flooding as the most common disaster in the U.S. With the storm frequency in Florida, every homeowner should have flood insurance. However, it is not included in homeowners insurance.

Nevertheless, flooding is not only caused by storms but overflowing tubs, toilets and sinks. Flood insurance is available to protect homes through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Your insurance agent can sell you a flood insurance policy through the NFIP, which is administered by the U.S. Government.

Contact GreatFlorida Insurance if you want to sign up for Flood insurance or review your homeowners insurance policy today.

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by GreatFlorida Insurance
6/22/2017

An unusually active hurricane season has gotten off to an early start this year. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) has made their predictions for the Atlantic hurricane season. The season occurs  from June 1 – November 30. NOAA  believes 11-17 storms will be named. Five to nine storms will become hurricanes and two to four will develop into major hurricanes.

Many Floridians have proper supplies and food in preparation for a storm, but what about the car? “The majority of damage done to vehicles during a hurricane or tropical storm is from wind and water,” reports Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent car insurance agency.

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Incidentally, water damage can total your car. To prevent your car from damage here are some tips from Ready.gov:

If possible, move your car into a garage or covered area before a storm.

Have a full tank of gas if an evacuation is possible.

If you are caught in your car during a storm and the water is rising, move out of the car and get to higher ground.

Do not drive through a flooded area. Six inches of water can cause a vehicle to lose control and possibly stall. A foot of water will float many cars.

Be aware of areas where floodwaters have receded. Roads may have weakened and could collapse under the weight of a car.

Before the next storm ramps back up, make sure you have the proper car insurance in place.  Collision covers your vehicle if it is hit or if it hits anther object including a car. During a storm, you can easily lose control of your car and crash.

“Comprehensive coverage includes flood damage,” says Buck with GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s leading independent car insurance company.

Before you file a claim with your insurance company, take note of any electrical problems, rust, upholstery discoloration and staining, brittle wiring, silt and mud inside the vehicle and mildew or mold from moisture.

Additional assessing of your vehicle includes, checking the oil indicator. If it is too high, there may be water in your engine. You do not want to start your car because it can cause damage. Also, determine how long your car was submerged and how deep the water was. Was it fresh or saltwater? Fresh water is less damaging. By the way, warmer weather after a storm can accelerate corrosion.

If you are looking for affordable car insurance, check out GreatFlorida Insurance today.

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by GreatFlorida Insurance
10/5/2016

You know the drill when a storm is coming. Secure outdoor furniture and stock up on batteries, water and non-perishable food items.

GreatFlorida Insurance regularly compiles storm safety tips for our readers,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent homeowners insurance agency. “Weather is unpredictable despite our best efforts and we want to help people be safe.”

While you are familiar with precautions to heed during a storm to ensure your safety, do you know what NOT to do during a storm? Florida Today, spoke with emergency management officials about activities to avoid during a storm to give you, your family and first responders an easier time while riding out the storm.

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  • Use a charcoal grill in the house or garage and you could end up with carbon monoxide poisoning. The same goes for gas powered generators.
  • Also, don’t connect generators directly to your home’s electrical system. It can electrify lines outside and endanger your neighbors and utility workers.
  • Stay home after an evacuation is ordered. Rescue workers will not try to reach you at the height of a storm.

“Consequently, some people stay home during an evacuation to protect their home or valuables, but it is not worth it. Let homeowners insurance do its job,” says Buck with GreatFlorida Insurance.

  • Go for a ride or walk outside. Dangerous conditions causing flooding, flying debris and falling trees could force emergency management workers from other pressing duties.
  • Visit the ER for minor injuries or illness
  • Mess with downed power lines
  • Drain your pool. The water table can rise from rain and force the pool up, out of the ground.
  • Be careless or forget about candles
  • Approach animals wandering around after a storm. Even docile pets can be unnerved by a storm and could bite.
  • Bring guns, alcohol or pets to a public shelter.
  • Lose your cool. Stores will be crowded, gas lines long, and people will be anxious and tempers will be short.
  • Venture into the ocean or lagoon. There are always adrenaline junkies wanting to challenge the force of Mother Nature in the water, but it is a battle you rarely win.

To find out the latest information on Florida weather, evacuations, school and government closures and more, check out the Florida Division of Emergency Management.

When a storm hits, it is too late. Let GreatFlorida Insurance secure a dependable and affordable homeowners insurance plan for you.

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by GreatFlorida Insurance
8/30/2016

Florida historically experiences the most severe weather over the next eight weeks. August through October is peak hurricane season. Recent tropical activity serves as a reminder of the importance of preparing.

“Seeing the recent devastation in Louisiana, and hearing the heartbreaking stories of loss, will hopefully prompt Floridians to review their insurance policy,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent homeowners insurance agency. “Insurance is designed to help people rebuild their lives.”

Consequently, this is an ideal time for people to contact their homeowners or renters insurance agent to review their coverage. The Insurance Information Institute, III reports that most insurers will not allow changes to be made to insurance policies once a hurricane watch or warning is issued by the National Hurricane Center.

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Therefore, it is wise and will put your mind at ease knowing the following information about your renters insurance or homeowners insurance policy. Some questions to ask your agent are as follows:

What is covered?

Is coverage provided for any upgrades or new possessions?

What is the current deductible?

Do I have enough to rebuild my home or replace my belongings?

GreatFlorida Insurance can provide flood insurance to policyholders through the National Flood Insurance Program NFIP. A local GreatFlorida Insurance agent will help you find flood insurance. Protecting your most valuable asset from the most common form of destruction.

Consequently, flooding is the leading cause of disaster in the United States. Florida residents file more flood insurance claims than any other state. Mere inches can cause thousands of dollars’ worth of damage to your home.

You do not have to live in a high risk flood zone to experience damage. 25 percent of flood insurance claims come from low or medium risk communities.

Unfortunately, many homeowners are under the false assumption that their homeowners insurance would cover loss due to flooding in the home. Flood insurance is not included in a  homeowners policy and must be purchased separately.

Also, many homeowners assume they can collect federal disaster assistance if a flood occurs.  It is only offered when the president declares a major disaster which only happens in half of all flooding situations.

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