FEMA advising Springfield residents to get flood insurance


DON: FEMA IS OUT WITH A NEW PUSH TONIGHT. THEY’RE URGING PEOPLE HERE IN WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS TO GET FLOOD INSURANCE… SPECIFICALLY IF YOU LIVE ALONG THE CONNECTICUT RIVER. THE AGENCY CITES AN ABOVE AVERAGE HURRICANE SEASON. BILL TRUDEAU – HUB INTERNATIONAL NEW ENGLAND IT’S ONE OF THOSE THINGS WHERE YOU DON’T NEED UNTIL YOU NEED IT. PEOPLE LIVING INLAND – HERE IN WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS DON’T TYPICALLY SEE DAMAGE FROM HURRICANES. BUT HOMEOWNERS DO SEE FLOODING FROM TIME TO TIME – AS SEEN IN THIS 22NEWS ARCHIVAL VIDEO. FEMA POINTS OUT THAT JUST ONE INCH OF WATER IN AN AVERAGE-SIZED HOME CAN COST MORE THAN $25,000 IN REPAIRS. AND FLOOD INSURANCE ISN’T COVERED BY TRADITIONAL HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE. BILL TRUDEAU WITH HUB INTERNATIONAL INSURANCE BROKERS – NEW ENGLAND SAID IT’S IMPORTANT TO BE PROACTIVE. BILL TRUDEAU – HUB INTERNATIONAL NEW ENGLAND BY THE TIME YOU SEE A SEVERE STORM IT’S TOO LATE TO GO BUY FLOOD INSURANCE. THAT’S BECAUSE FLOOD INSURANCE POLICIES TYPICALLY TAKE 30 DAYS TO GO INTO AFFECT. AS FOR COST – TRUDEAU DIDN’T GIVE AN EXACT DOLLAR AMOUNT – RATES VARY BASED ON YOUR FLOOD RISK. TO GET PRICING – HE SUGGESTS ASKING YOUR INSURANCE AGENT TO SIMPLY GIVE YOU A QUOTE. BILL TRUDEAU – HUB INTERNATIONAL NEW ENGLAND YOU CAN’T REALLY MAKE THE DETERMINATION THAT YOU WANT TO GET THE COVERAGE OR NOT UNTIL YOU KNOW THE PRICE AND THE COVERAGE. THEN YOU CAN WEIGH THAT IN YOUR MIND. EITHER I DO WANT TO SPEND THIS MONEY OR I DON’T. FEMA IS ALSO URGING PROPERTY OWNERS AND RENTERS TO HAVE A PLAN IN PLACE SHOULD DISASTER STRIKE. FOR EXAMPLE – HAVE AN EVACUATION PLAN. AN EMERGENCY KIT WITH FOOD. MEDICINE AND WATER TO LAST 72 HOURS.

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