Call to Action: Flood Insurance Hits Critical Need

It could make a huge difference in your business, to your community and to homeowners. Please take just one minute to respond to the call to action to make sure congress knows that continuing the federal flood insurance program is critical. As of 9/6/17, only 34 Berkshire Realtors responded.  Come onnnn.  Today more than ever, having affordable flood insurance is so very important for so many properties, please don’t leave them underwater! Please click here to do your part to help protect homeowners.

National Flood Insurance (NFIP) enables homes in flood plains to be insured (even non-coastal proprieties like those near a river or pond right here in the Berkshires). The NFIP also ensures that there is funding to redraw the flood plain maps that all of our communities use to determine water levels and risk. (many of our maps are over 30 years old!).  This federal program is set to expire 9/30/17 – we urge you to take 1 minute to tell your member of Congress to support H.R. 2874, “The 21st Century Flood Reform Act.”.  This legislation makes critical improvements to the NFIP, including increased funds for mitigation activities, caps on overall premium increases, improved claim and mapping processes, as well as removing hurdles for more private market participation in the flood insurance market. Re-authorization of the NFIP will help over 5 million homeowners in 22,000 communities around the country, so it is critical Congress acts now.  Please do your part to help protect homeowners.