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Flood insurance policyholders: Understand your claims options

ORLANDO, Fla. – In an effort to quickly get recovery funds into the hands of survivors, FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has enhanced the flood insurance claims process with changes to how you file your claim. If you’re a policyholder, understand the process and options to speed your recovery from Hurricane Irma.

Advance Payments May be Available:

Advance payments may be available to eligible policyholders. After filing your claim, discuss an advance payment with your insurer.

Advance payments are deducted from the final claim settlement amount and may only be used according to the terms of the Standard Flood Policy. In the meantime, don’t wait to clean up your home. Take photos or video footage of flood-damaged property, then immediately remove flood-damaged items – especially those that may pose a health risk, such as perishable food items, clothing, cushions, pillows, etc.  For more information about safely cleaning up after the flood, click here.

Waived Proof of Loss

In another effort to streamline the claims process, the National Flood Insurance Program has waived the initial Proof of Loss requirement. When the adjuster visits and assesses your flood damage, he/she will work with you to document your claim, and submit a report for consideration to the insurance company. The payment amount will be determined after the insurer reviews the report.

You will only need to submit a Proof of Loss if:

The deadline to submit the POL is one year from the date of the flood loss.

After your inspection, your insurer must provide you with the following:

For more information about what to do and know after the inspection, reference the Post Inspection One Pager for Flood Insurance Policyholders.

Additional Assistance

If you need help finding your insurance carrier, call the FEMA Helpline, 800-621-3362 (Voice, 711 or VRS) or 800-462-7585 (TTY). If you are not satisfied with your claim determination, NFIP offers a no-cost appeals process: www.fema.gov/flood-claim-appeals-and-guidance.

For more recovery information, visit www.FEMA.gov/IrmaFL, or follow us @FEMARegion4 on Twitter and on FEMA’s Facebook page.