Protecting Your Home From Natural Disasters Caused By Climate Change

The agents at Bob Korvas Agency Inc. serving Niles, IL, and the surrounding area, are issuing this severe weather warning to their existing clients and to new clients. Global climate change is now responsible for shifting the normal weather patterns in such a way that causes more natural disasters, such as hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes, and flooding.

Floodplain Expansion, Drought, and Wildfires

Increasing portions of land, which are not included in the 100-year floodplain maps that are published by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). These expanded areas are now subject to the risks of damage by the overflowing of rivers, broken dams, stronger flooding, and dangerous mudslides.

Major metropolitan areas like Miami and New Orleans, cities and towns located on beach areas, and homes on islands, are regularly experiencing flooding from higher tidal flows. Rainfall is reaching historic levels in many areas, while being completely missing in other areas, such as the extended drought in California. The long-lasting dry weather on the West Coast caused the conditions responsible for thousands of wildfires.

Increased Need for Insurance

For many homes, there is now a need for additional home insurance coverage as a result of the increased risk of damage by natural disasters. Homeowners now pay extra for the damage caused by extreme weather in the forms of larger deductibles, increased premiums, and less overall coverage.

The National Flood Insurance Program increased it annual premiums because rain and storm damage, along with expanded areas being flooded, compromised the financial stability of the program. In 2012, Congress started reducing home insurance subsidies and updated its actuarial tables to calculate insurance premiums based on the new flood risks.

Contact your agent at Bob Korvas Agency Inc. in Niles, IL today to make sure your home insurance is sufficient and that you have has enough coverage as well as the correct types of coverage, in order to mitigate these extra risks of damage due to climate change.

Are There Ways to Get a Lower Auto Insurance Rate?

When it comes to auto insurance, everyone wants the lowest rate possible. We all know that auto insurance is a necessity rather than an amenity or luxury. It’s something that everyone must pay if they want to drive a vehicle. Ideally, you will do all you can to make sure you are getting the lowest rate possible. Here at Bob Korvas Agency Inc. serving Niles, IL we have put together a helpful go-to guide to outline three ways you can keep your rates low. 

Shop Around for Insurance

First and foremost, you need to shop around for policies through different companies. It’s not uncommon to find various ranges of coverages at different prices from different providers. By shopping around, you get to see who can ensure you at the lowest rate. 

Consider Bundling Insurance Products

Many insurance companies will provide a steep discount on your premiums if you bundle various insurance products together. For example, you may be able to bundle your auto and homeowners insurance to get a discount. You’ll need to speak with your provider to see what types of bundling discounts are offered. 

Don’t Get Traffic Violations

Lastly, to get low insurance rates, you need to avoid traffic violations. And in the event you do receive one, you need to check and see if you can take a defensive driving course. Sometimes, this type of class can dismiss a traffic violation, like a speeding ticket, which helps ensure your rates won’t go up. 

If you would like to learn more about the various ways to get a low insurance rate, please contact Bob Korvas Agency Inc. serving the Niles, IL area today to learn more.