On Friday, December 20th, President Donald Trump signed a bill extending the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) through September 30th, 2020. The NFIP authorization was set to expire at midnight on Friday. While FAIR applauds the one year extension, we will continue to advocate for a longer-term extension that includes needed structural reforms to the…
Adequate flood protection is vital to the resiliency of communities across America. Home and business owners must have access to quality flood insurance coverage at affordable rates to recover more quickly and completely following a flood event.
Despite increased flooding nationwide, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has been shrinking. In 2009, there were a record 5.7 million NFIP policies in force. By 2017, there were just over 5.1 million NFIP policies in force, a decrease of approximately 10%1.
According to FEMA, in May 2018, 69% of the residential properties in Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHA) did not have a NFIP policy. Outside of the SFHAs, 98% of residential properties did not have a NFIP policy. In total, 96.2% of residential properties in the U.S. do not have federal flood insurance. While the private flood insurance market is growing to alleviate additional flood risk exposure, the cumulative coverage levels are profoundly insufficient.