CRS Improvements Result In Big Savings

Residents and businesses on the Big Island will be paying less for flood insurance, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Hawaii County has earned a Class 7 community rating from FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) as of October 1, 2019.  As a result, current and new policyholders save 15 percent on the... Continue Reading →

Mahalo FEMA RIX and HIIA

A Big Mahalo to FEMA Region IX Flood Insurance Specialist, Edie Lohmann for taking time away from her busy schedule to lead a Flood Insurance Workshop here in Honolulu this past August for our local insurance agents, realtors, and lenders. Much Aloha also goes out to Hawaii Independent Insurance Agent Association (HIIA), Executive Director, Chenise... Continue Reading →

The Benefits of Flood Insurance Versus Disaster Assistance

Only flood insurance covers flood damage. Without it, your recovery options are limited and costly. Your recovery will depend on your savings, your line of credit or the hope that a federal disaster declaration may make State/Federal disaster-related grants and/or U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest loans available.If you live in a Special Flood Hazard Area... Continue Reading →

What is the National Flood Insurance Program’s CRS?

The Community Rating System (CRS) is a voluntary incentive program that encourages communities (counties) to go above and beyond the minimum National Flood Insurance Program requirements for floodplain development and activities. Participation in the CRS is rewarded with flood insurance discounts for it’s policy holders.  There are 10 CRS classes with class 10 being non... Continue Reading →

National Flood Insurance Program: Re-authorization UPDATE 2019

Congress must periodically renew the National Flood Insurance Program’s statutory authority to operate. On December 21, 2018, the President signed legislation passed by Congress that extends the National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP’s) authorization to May 31, 2019. NFIP re-authorization is an opportunity for Congress to take bold steps to reduce the complexity of the program... Continue Reading →

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