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As Hurricane Season Starts, Most Not Prepared for Floods

Only 12 percent of American homeowners have flood insurance.
As Hurricane Season Starts, Most Not Prepared for Floods
June 10, 2020

As the Atlantic hurricane season begins, a new survey commissioned by National Flood Services reveals that 62 percent of homeowners across the United States say they are prepared for flood, but only 12 percent of them have flood insurance. The poll also found that half of respondents are less interested in buying insurance because of COVID-19, which has put millions of Americans out of work and caused a historic economic recession.

Other surveys show that 80 percent of Texas homeowners, 60 percent of Florida homeowners, and 99 percent of Puerto Rico homeowners don’t have flood insurance, even as these areas continue to be inundated with tropical storm–related flooding. Many Americans erroneously believe they do not need flood insurance, and 21 states do not require real estate agents and home sellers to tell buyers when a home is in a federally designated flood zone that requires flood insurance.

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