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Insurance is critical in Florida hurricanes

Hurricanes can be costly for many homeowners in Florida who rely on insurance policies to pay for damages after a serious storm. Indeed, Florida storms extract a financial cost as well as a physical one. Between 1987 and 2016, damages from storms in Florida comprised 13 of all insured losses across the country. While hurricanes can strike elsewhere, six of the 10 most damaging hurricanes in the nation's history hit Florida during at least part of their paths. In 2004 and 2005 alone, four of these storms hit the state, inflicting damage on top of existing damage.

Floridians still suffering from Hurricane Michael

It seems like Floridians must worry about the possibility of storm damage after a serious hurricane every year. Many residents count on their insurance companies to help them negate their losses and rebuild after a hurricane. Nevertheless, thousands of property owners in Florida are still waiting for payments from Hurricane Michael, which struck in October 2018.

The cost of outdated maps on Florida homeowners

Florida homeowners must always be concerned about the possibility of hurricane damage. In doing so, they often rely on flood maps from the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) to help them determine the amount and type of insurance they should carry. However, the agency hasn't updated many of its maps in quite some time, resulting in a number of Sunshine State residents being seriously underinsured.

It may be difficult to get tax relief after a storm

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act changed the tax treatment of property damage caused by floods and other natural disasters. Florida residents may only be able to claim a deduction for damage that occurs during a federally recognized disaster. Hurricanes and other tropical storms can cause damage throughout a large portion of the country. In July 2019, Hurricane Barry made landfall in Louisiana but caused flooding in portions of New York state.

Just one more year to file Hurricane Irma insurance claims

Florida residents who own homes that sustained damage during Hurricane Irma are getting close to the time when they will need to file an insurance claim if they want help funding recovery costs. They have three years from the time a hurricane makes landfall to notify their insurers about claims related to damage or loss. Irma made landfall on Sept. 10, 2017, so home and property owners have just a little over a year left to file their claim.

How homeowners can protect themselves financially

Florida residents may not be ready for the financial losses a natural disaster such as a hurricane could cause. In 2018, they caused $160 billion in damage throughout the country. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), there have been nine weather events that have caused over $1 billion in damages through July 2019. NOAA predicts that there could be up to 15 named tropical storms in 2019.

State funds to aid Keys' hurricane recovery

The Florida Keys will receive a new influx of funds to help the islands recover from Hurricane Irma. According to Gov. Ron DeSantis, the Keys will receive $21 million to help deal with hurricane damage and an additional $35 million investment in affordable housing. The state's Department of Emergency Management is providing the funds to reimburse Monroe County's expenses from the September 2017 hurricane when it spent millions on repairing damage, removing debris and taking emergency measures to protect other facilities.

Insurance law changed to curb assignment of benefits practice

Lawmakers in Florida approved a plan designed to restructure and lessen the importance of assignment of benefits, a common practice in the state's insurance industry. The Citizens Property Insurance Corp., which is backed by the state, faces thousands of lawsuits arising from Hurricane Irma claims. As of the end of April 2019, CPIC had 14,091 lawsuits pending against it, which is an increase of almost 14 percent over the 12,363 lawsuits that were pending one year prior.

New Florida initiative provides hurricane preparations

In order to help residents prepare for the next major hurricane that will inevitably make landfall, the Florida Chief Financial Officer started the Prepare Florida initiative. Even in a state where hurricanes make landfall somewhat regularly, many homeowners and other residents do not take the treat of a major storm seriously. This initiative is designed to give people in the state the resources they need to prepare both financially and physically.

Congress extends flood insurance program

Florida homeowners have found some temporary relief after the House of Representatives approved a two-week extension of the federal flood insurance program on May 30. This comes after the Senate approved the extension by voice vote the week before. While this vote will extend the National Flood Insurance Program until June 14, ongoing political conflicts have prevented the approval of a $19 billion bill that will cover a range of disaster aid programs. It includes a reauthorization of the flood program.

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