David Maurstad: July 8, 2020

  FEMA URGES RESIDENTS TO PREPARE FOR UPCOMING PEAK HURRICANE SEASON 

FLOOD INSURANCE POLICIES TYPICALLY TAKE 30 DAYS TO GO INTO EFFECT;  DON’T WAIT UNTIL DISASTER STRIKES TO LEARN THAT YOU’RE NOT COVERED 

 

David Maurstad

Senior Executive of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)

 

This year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts an above average Atlantic Hurricane Season with 6-10 hurricanes, including 3-6 major storms (Category 3 or higher). FEMA and its National Flood Insurance Program are urging property owners and renters ahead of peak hurricane season to take steps to protect their homes before a storm hits. Steps include having an evacuation plan, an emergency kit with food, medicine and water to last at least 72 hours, and buying or renewing flood insurance.

 

David Maurstad, senior executive of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), is available to help answer questions about flood insurance, dispel misconceptions, and give listeners advice on how to prepare for this year’s hurricane season.

 

DID YOU KNOW?

  • It doesn’t have to be a major flood to be expensive–just an inch of water in an average-size home can cause more than $25,000 in damage.
  • Flooding can happen to anyone, anywhere—it doesn’t just affect those who live near a body of water. There are a variety of hidden risks that can put your house in danger of flooding, like new development or changes in weather patterns. Flood insurance gives the peace of mind that comes with knowing you and your home can and will recover after a storm.
  • Most homeowners and renters insurance policies do not cover flood damage, and flood insurance policies don’t automatically renew
  • Along with flood insurance, there are other steps to prepare for hurricane season. Residents should compile a storm bag with emergency disaster supplies like food, flashlights and batteries, critical documents (insurance policies, bank information, etc.) and medication; establish an evacuation route; and make a family communications plan.
  • The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30. Flood insurance policies typically take 30 days to go into effect.

For more information, please visit: FloodSmart.gov

 

MORE ABOUT DAVID MAURSTAD: 
David Maurstad is a veteran emergency manager and staunch advocate of building a culture of preparedness across the nation. Forty years of experience in disaster resilience and the insurance industry suit his position as the head of FEMA Insurance and Mitigation Administration, where he guides transformative efforts to communicate risk, increase flood insurance coverage, and incentivize mitigation against natural hazards. As the senior chief executive in charge of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) implementation, Maurstad oversees more than $1.3 trillion in flood coverage to more than 5 million U.S. policyholders. During his tenure with FEMA, David has held leading positions for 637 major disaster operations, including Hurricanes Katrina, Matthew, Irma, Maria and Michael, tropical storm Harvey and countless catastrophic flooding and wildfire events. David’s expertise in disaster recovery and strategic risk management stems from extensive experience in local government as a Nebraska mayor, state Senator, and Lieutenant Governor. 

 

 

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