Hurricane Insurance for Businesses

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The Atlantic Hurricane season is in full effect right now and runs through November 30th. While hurricanes can happen at any time of the year, the period of hurricane season is when conditions for hurricane formation are most favorable.

For businesses located in Northeastern Florida and Georgia, these are the months in which it is critical to not only have a plan for hurricane season but also to revisit your business insurance to make sure your business is properly protected if hurricanes occur.

If you’ve lived in the area long, you understand, all too well, the serious damage hurricanes can cause. The widespread nature of hurricane damage only exacerbates the difficulty of getting materials and repairs in the aftermath of a hurricane when so many businesses and households are similarly affected.

Types of Insurance that is Essential for Businesses During Hurricane Season

Most companies do not offer specific hurricane insurance for business. Instead, your business owner’s policy (BOP) offers some protection against common threats during a hurricane. This includes things like:

  • Property insurance, which covers the costs of repairs for damage caused by hurricane winds and items that are blown around and into your business, fallen trees, and even tornados that often occur along with hurricanes.
  • Business interruption insurance, which protects your business from some of the costs of extended closures while repairs are being made. This allows you to continue paying creditors while you are closed.
  • Auto insurance, which protects business automobiles from damage associated with widespread events like hurricanes.

The key with this type of protection, generally included in your BOP, is that it allows your business to recover after a disaster that results in serious damage and long delays before reopening. It does not, however, protect your business from all possibilities related to hurricanes, namely flood damage.

Does Hurricane Insurance Protect Against Flood?

According to the National Hurricane Center, storm surge, storm tide, and flooding are among the top hazards associated with hurricanes. Unfortunately, most business owner’s policies do not protect businesses against flood damage related to heavy rainfall or storm surge/ storm tide. This means you need to purchase your own flood insurance protection.

Flood insurance is available through the National Flood Insurance Program though many businesses find that the coverage is insufficient to meet their needs. Which is why it is wise to work with and insurance and risk management agency that understands the risks and can help you make the best choice for your business needs.

At Bates Hewett & Floyd Risk & Insurance, we can help you assess your needs for hurricane and flood insurance for your business to make sure you have the right amount of protection for your needs. Contact us today to learn more about hurricane insurance for businesses and other insurance protection we offer.

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