Know Your Coverage: Hurricane Season

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Know Your Coverage: Hurricane Season

With hurricane season upon us, it is of the utmost importance to understand the in’s and out’s of your insurance policy. Home is not only where the heart is, but most likely where the money is too. Knowing what you’re protected from and what you’re not is key to finding the right policy.

The major problems that come with hurricanes are wind and water. Floods are not covered by homeowners insurance and require their own separate policy. Windstorm insurance is not always included in homeowners policies. Some hurricane-prone states will not cover windstorm damage caused by hurricanes, and another policy will need to be taken out to cover these damages.

Louisiana allows insurers to charge special deductibles when there is hurricane damage. Home insurance deductibles are often a flat dollar amount, while windstorm deductibles are a usually a percentage of your home’s insured value, typically 1%-5% with potential to be higher in areas of increased risk.

The cost of windstorm and flood insurance policies are influenced by a few factors: Where you live, how much it would cost to rebuild your home, and the amount of your deductible. If you buy homeowners insurance, windstorm insurance, flood insurance or all three together, it’s important to have enough coverage to cover the cost of rebuilding your home from the ground up.

Don’t wait until its too late, or even until the last minute. Flood insurance takes 30 days to go into effect, and insurers typically won’t adjust your coverage once a storm is forecast.

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Melinda Martin

Account Executive

Melinda began her insurance career in 1985 with Alexander & Alexander where she received her Property & Casualty and Life & Health license. Since then she has worked at various agencies in the New Orleans area and in California as a senior account manager for Employee Benefit Plans.  While in California, she was also the Membership Director for the Burbank Chamber of Commerce. Melinda joined the AWS team in July of 2015.

Michael A. Seeling

Vice President

Graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a B.A. in Insurance Risk Management and is a graduate of Archbishop Rummel High School in New Orleans. He joined AWS in October of 2008 and has been awarded the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Certification (PPACA). Additionally, he is working towards his Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC), Registered Health Underwriter (RHU), and Registered Employee Benefits Consultant (REBC) designations. He is also a member of the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU), National Association of Insurance Financial Advisors (NAIFA), and is an active member of the Fore!Kids foundation.