National Flood Experts
|Benefits of Rezoning Your Property
If you are like most Floridians, you have a flood insurance policy. And on many instances, that’s a prudent decision. After all, we are surrounded by water. We also have plenty of lakes and a hurricane season. If you live in a flood prone area, such as South Tampa or Clearwater Beach, you’ve seen firsthand […]
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POSTED AUGUST 17, 2017 8:15 PM
|Flood Insurance Remains in Washington’s Back Burner
When was the last time you saw the news? While some people are information junkies, others are so jaded with the current political climate, it’s just easier to ignore it all and go on about your lives. And that’s fine, except when what’s going on in Washington may affect you personally. A few months ago, […]
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POSTED AUGUST 10, 2017 8:17 PM
|What Does It Mean When the Government Declares a State of Emergency?
Living in Florida, we’re no strangers to hurricane season and the insane thunderstorms we get during the summer. We all remember where we were for hurricanes Andrew and Matthew, because they are the worst ones in recent memory. But in between the major ones, we are used to regular hurricane watches and all the preparation […]
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POSTED AUGUST 03, 2017 8:08 PM
|Can You Bypass FEMA’s Flood Insurance Program?
Have you seen the now ubiquitous hashtag #ILiveWhereYouVacation that’s so popular on social media? If you’re a Florida resident, you know exactly how it feels to live in a place that tends to be many people’s dream vacation destination. One of the main reasons for that reality is that we’re home to some of the […]
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POSTED JULY 27, 2017 3:25 PM
|Should You Be Worried About Sinkholes?
When we think about natural disasters in Florida, our mind quickly goes to hurricanes. If you’re local, you’re familiar with the cinematic lightning storms we get almost on a daily basis during the summer. Every now and then, we’ll read a story in the news about rip tides. But how often are sinkholes in your […]
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POSTED JULY 20, 2017 9:37 PM
|How Flood Zones Affect Home Values
Have you ever had a flooded basement? Have you ever had to deal with accumulated water? What about filing a claim with FEMA because of a flood? If your answer to all these questions is no, but you are still paying for flood insurance, it’s time to reevaluate if there’s anything you can do about […]
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POSTED JULY 13, 2017 4:59 PM
|How FEMA’s Proposed Changes Will Cost You
Back in April, we posted a blog explaining what are FEMA’s Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM). In a nutshell, FIRM are maps that are redesigned every couple of years, to reflect recent environmental changes that may have affected a specific area’s flood probabilities. This means that it is entirely possible to go from having your […]
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POSTED JULY 06, 2017 12:26 PM
|Steps To Take If Your Home Suffers Flood Damage
You’ve done everything a responsible homeowner would do. You verified whether you reside in a high-risk flood zone and purchased flood insurance (knowing fully well homeowner’s insurance won’t cover floods). You tried to protect your family and your home as best as possible. That said, once summer came in our beautiful sunshine state, along came […]
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POSTED JUNE 29, 2017 6:29 PM
|Federal Reserve Raises Interest Rates
Remember how a few months ago I explained on this blog the joys that come from the Federal Reserve? They pretty much regulate the country’s economy and set interest rates on mortgages, credit cards, student loans, insurance policies… Well, ladies and gentlemen, on June 15, 2017, the Fed decided to regale us with raised interest […]
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POSTED JUNE 22, 2017 8:34 PM
|Record Rainfalls End Statewide Drought and Cause Additional Concerns
As recent as April of this year, our state was undergoing a severe drought that threatened our water supply. The lack of precipitation caused concern across Florida, as fires spread across counties. We were in a Twilight Zone of sorts, considering that we’re used to heavy rain almost on a daily basis during the summer. […]
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POSTED JUNE 15, 2017 4:22 PM