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 →

Potential NFIP Lapse

Are you preparing for Hurricane Season?  Thinking about getting flood insurance? Well you may want to call your agent ASAP.  WHY?  This afternoon, Congress approved a 2 week extension (until June 14) of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which was set to expire and required reauthorization by 11:59 PM EST tomorrow (May 31, 2019)... Continue Reading →

Modifications of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)

Feature Image Credit: Mark Sullivan Contributing Author: Eric Simmons, FEMA RIX All communities participating in the NFIP (including Honolulu, Kauai, Maui and the Big Island) were recently sent an awareness letter on the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  ESA compliance documentation has been required by FEMA for conditional letter requests for almost 10 years.  FEMA released... 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 →

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 →

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 Hawaii 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 →

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