What to do if you’re experiencing an increase in flood risk.
If you’re experiencing an increase in flood risk – moving from the moderate- to low-risk flood area to the high-risk flood area – you are required to have flood insurance if you have a government-backed mortgage.
If you don’t carry a mortgage, you should still protect your investment with flood insurance due to the increased risk.
You may be eligible for flood insurance cost-savings.
To save money on flood insurance while protecting your investment, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) offers a lower-cost flood insurance option known as the Newly Mapped Procedure.
Property owners who purchase flood insurance within the first year of a map update may be eligible for a lower-cost flood insurance policy, known as a Preferred Risk Policy (PRP).
Your rate will transition to the full-risk rate through an annual increase of up to 18 percent.
To reduce your risk today, purchase a policy before the new maps become effective.
Resources for building requirements in high-risk areas
For individuals looking for detailed information on building requirement in high-risk areas, like foundation openings, floodproofing, and break away walls, the NFIP issues technical bulletins on key topics annually.
Learn more about the NFIP’s Technical Bulletins and get the latest building information.