Please join us at this years BIA Home Building and Remodeling Show at Neal S. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall. The show starts January 25 and ends January 27. Our DLNR Flood and Dam Section will be set up at booth #725, educating homeowners on their flood zone and flood risk. Stop by and say hi.
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 →
FLOOD AFTER FIRE
Wildfires change the landscape, destroying root structure and creating top soil that could repel water instead of absorbing it. Debris flows and mudflows can occur up to five years after a wildfire. Debris flows can take homes off their foundations and can carry things like vegetation, trees, large boulders and vehicles. Mudflows on the other... Continue Reading →
Insurance against Extreme Events: Pairing Short-Term Incentives with Long-Term Strategies
Why do insurance companies classify certain types of risk as uninsurable? And why do insurance regulators prohibit insurers from setting premiums that reflect risk, particularly in locales that repeatedly suffer losses from natural disasters? The short answer is that insurance today is misunderstood and hence is not effectively meeting its most important objectives—to inform those... Continue Reading →
Do you live in a “Flood Zone”?
The answer is “YES”. Every property in Hawai'i has a flood zone designation. It may not be in a high-risk flood zone (A or V zones) that would require mandatory flood insurance purchase as a condition of a federally regulated loan, but it doesn’t mean that flooding is not possible. In fact, 20% flood insurance... Continue Reading →
Flood Insurance Safeguards Common Areas of High-Rises
In a Kokua Line article by Christine Donnelly which appeared in the Star Advertiser on December 2, 2016 titled “Flood Insurance Safeguards Common Areas of High-Rises”, a reader asked: “ Why is flood insurance needed in high-rise condo units? My residence is on the 30th floor of a condominium inHonolulu. This condo is in a... Continue Reading →
How Freeboarding could save you 15% or more on Flood insurance premiums
I know, I borrowed that slogan from that famous gecko commercial, but the fact that freeboarding could save you a significant amount of money and prevent flooding and flood related damages to your house is undeniable. First, let’s talk about what freeboarding actually is. Freeboard is the elevation of a building’s lowest floor to a... Continue Reading →
Is your home required to have flood insurance FOREVER?
Oftentimes a potential buyer is looking for that certain something special when shopping for a new home or investment property. As a buyer, it is important to fully understand the financial obligation of such a huge commitment. Sometimes that commitment includes a buyer’s acceptance of the property’s increased risk from certain naturaldisasters such as being... Continue Reading →
The 100-Year Flood
Chances are we are not prepared - or at least not as much as we could be - for the occurrence of a natural disaster. Knowing the risk, acting quickly and having a plan in mind in case of a disaster can not only prevent a major damage or loss of a property, but many... Continue Reading →
Are we at the end of the line for the National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization?
It is a question that is being asked by many experts in the field, flood insurance policy holders, federal and state employees that are directly affiliated with FEMA and NFIP. It is nothing new. Sadly, the potential for lapse has become increasingly common, with six short-term extensions of the program and two brief lapses... Continue Reading →