Brace for Disaster With a Policy
There may be disagreement over climate change. But anyone who has been through a natural disaster will tell you there is no disagreement over the amount of damage that can occur. Destruction is everywhere a person looks. Homes are destroyed. Trees are uprooted and yards are left in ruin. Vehicles are tossed around like toys until only scrap metal remains. Texas has had its share of natural disasters over the years. That's why no one can afford to skip getting the insurance quotes that can help rebuild lives. There are specific types of coverage for different events.
At times, Mother Nature turns especially fierce and begins blowing dust and dirt everywhere. These occasions are commonly known as windstorms. Sometime it means a room will get a light coat of dust if the windows are left open. Other times everything is turned upside down as the wind hits an entire area. You want to make sure you have adequate coverage, so get an insurance quote that truly represents your needs.
Windstorm damage is a big cause for concern during drought conditions that have hit Texas in recent years. For most Texans with homeowners policies, such damage is covered. Part of the determination of whether the coverage is included depends on where a person lives. When getting an insurance quote make sure the agent has the exact address of the location being protected. That way if damage does occur, there is no question that claims will be paid. If your windows become helpless to keep damaging wind and dirt outside of your home, you know you don't have to stress over whether you can pay for what happened.
For residents of the 14 counties along the Texas coast and some segments of Harris County, regular homeowners coverage may not serve your needs. In cases like these, a person can get insurance protection for windstorm and even hail damage from a pool established by the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association. Make sure you ask an agent about the pool if you live in those areas and need a quote.
Hurricane season also is a critical time for Texans. Again, those living along the coastal counties are impacted greatly. You must act on getting a quote on a policy before you really need it. Coverage from the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association is impossible to purchase and your policy cannot be altered in any way once a hurricane is reported in the Gulf of Mexico and the adjacent areas.
Living in a flood plain or flood-prone area is no guarantee that such events will ever occur. But residents still need to be protected just in case. Homeowners and commercial property policies in Texas don't guard against the cost of damages caused by flooding. Instead, it is available in a policy usually issued by the National Flood Insurance Program, which is overseen by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. As with hurricane season, don't wait to get a quote for your coverage. Typically there is a 30-day waiting period after buying the policy before coverage is in effect.