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Texas Flood Awareness Week May 21st – May 25th, 2018- Four Things to Know About Flood Insurance

As we now know, some places that have never flooded; flooded during Hurricane Harvey. If you don’t already have flood insurance now get it now! From the Texas Department of Insurance Flood insurance: 4 things to know Homeowner’s policies don’t cover flood damage. Here are four things to know when deciding if you need flood insurance. 1) Know your flood risk Flood maps show areas of high, moderate, and low flood risk as a series of zones. You can search for the flood map that includes your property at FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center. 2) There’s a wait Most flood policies have a 30-day waiting period before kicking in so don’t wait for an approaching storm before deciding to buy coverage. 3) What it costs The average flood policy costs about $700 a year. The cost will vary depending on your flood risk, the value of your home, and other factors. 4) Where to get it Visit FloodSmart.gov to find an agent in your area and more information.  

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Non- SBA Dependent Types of Other Needs Assistance does not require the applicant to apply for a Small Business Administration Loan (SBA) before being considered. Medical and Dental Assistance-FEMA provides financial assistance to individuals and household with medical or dental expense that is a direct result of the disaster, as verified by a medical or dental provider.  Expenses will not be eligible for FEMA reimbursement if they are covered by insurance or any other source. There is no cap for program as long as it does not exceed the $33,300 max event total. Assistance for Miscellaneous Items- FEMA provides financial assistance to individuals and households with certain disaster-caused miscellaneous expenses.  The items must be purchased or rented after the incident to assist with the applicant’s disaster recovery, such as gaining access to the property or assisting with cleaning efforts. There is no cap for program as long as it does not exceed the $33,300 max event total.

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