Two Important Things About Earthquake Insurance
1. Most home insurance policies do not cover earthquake damage.
2. Even if you live in an area where earthquakes are not common, you may still need earthquake insurance.
Earthquakes have occurred in 39 states since 1900, and about 90% of
Americans live in areas considered seismically active. For many of our
customers in California, earthquake insurance can be inexpensive.
Contact us to find out what the costs would be for your home.
Earthquake Insurance Options
Most home, condo and renters insurance policies do not cover damage
caused by an earthquake, but coverage can be purchased as an endorsement
or a separate policy. You may be able to choose to purchase earthquake
insurance from the same company that provides your home insurance, from a
specialized earthquake insurance provider, or from an independent
organization such as the California Earthquake Authority (CEA).
Do I Need Earthquake Insurance in California?
In the West - According to the U.S. Geological Survey, there is a 70%
probability that one or more damaging earthquakes of magnitude 6.7 or
larger will strike the San Francisco Bay area during the next 30 years.
What Does Earthquake Insurance Cover?
Earthquake insurance provides coverage if your home is damaged by an
earthquake. Standard homeowner and renters policies will not cover
earthquake damage. Earthquake insurance is a separate endorsement you
must buy and add to your homeowner or renters policy.
An earthquake endorsement generally excludes damages or losses from
floods and tidal waves – even when caused or compounded by an
earthquake. However, if you experience a loss due to a landslide,
settlement, mudflow, or the rising, sinking and contracting of earth,
your endorsement may cover it if the damage resulted from an earthquake.
There are several options to consider when purchasing earthquake insurance, including:
Earthquakes Can Happen in California – Protect Yourself
||Does the policy cover only your home? Are other structures, such as garages, also included?
||Will your policy pay for the contents of your home and for
additional living expenses if your home is badly damaged or destroyed?
||Are there any exclusions or limitations to coverage?
||What deductible must you pay before the insurance kicks in?
What to do when an earthquake strikes
||Make sure your water heater, gas appliances, and other fixtures are fastened securely.
||Check that bookcases and furniture are secure and fastened to walls.
||Have a family emergency plan that all family members know.
Designate a meeting place outside the home where family members can
gather once the danger has passed.
||Designate a distant relative or friend who can serve as a
point of contact and communication for you and your family members if
you get separated.
||Plan ahead. Keep flashlights, batteries, and candles on hand. Have a portable radio.
||Be sure everyone in your house knows how to turn off utilities (electricity, water, and gas).
||When shopping for earthquake insurance, ask the company to
help you identify possible repairs and other improvements that will make
your home safer and minimize damage.
If you are inside when an earthquake hits, stay inside and get under a
heavy table or desk. Stay away from windows. Do not evacuate the
building unless emergency personnel direct you to leave.
If you are outside, get away from buildings and power lines, and
remember that stone and masonry facings can break loose and fall away
from upper parts of buildings.
If you are in a car, stop safely away from structures, large trees, power lines, and other hazards. Stay inside the vehicle.
Keep in mind:
||Don’t use candles until gas lines are checked. Also, check
throughout your home before you use certain utilities, such as water and
electric, sewage connections, and even chimneys.
||Don’t tie up phone lines except to report emergencies.
||Be prepared. Remember that you will need food and water,
even for the short term. Keep your family together and stay alert for
Earthquake insurance needs can vary significantly – talk to us today to
find out how to get the best price and value on earthquake insurance for
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