FloodSmart Websites Offer New Resources for FloodSmart Partners and Agents
Have you visited FloodSmart’s consumer or agent websites lately? Both sites have been expanding over the last few years, offering new and improved resources for groups who often play a critical role in helping homeowners understand, and address, their flood risk with insurance protection. From an entirely new section of FloodSmart.gov housing outreach tools for stakeholders to a helpful new guide that agents can take into the field after an event, both sites are evolving to provide more tools and resources to support NFIP partners who connect consumers to flood insurance.
We have several interesting additions for NFIP partners and agents.
New Community Resources Page
FloodSmart has a new resource for stakeholders and communities that want to go the extra mile to help property owners better understand their flood risk and the financial impact of flooding. This new page on FloodSmart.gov provides sharable tools for communicating the risks, causes, and costs of flooding and a wealth of information about how to empower local residents to obtain flood insurance policies.
Resources on the page include interactive tools showing flood risks and the cost of flooding; toolkits with materials to support your work around flood outreach, flood map changes, and levees; videos showing the devastation caused by flooding; and embeddable widgets highlighting specific flood risks. Visit the page
Updated Map Change Toolkit
The Map Change Toolkit is a comprehensive suite of materials that help local leaders, insurance and real estate professionals, lenders, builders, developers, and others communicate the insurance implications of local flood map updates.
The kit has been updated to include more current data and reflect the evolution of mapping efforts. It includes templates for outreach that can be customized with local data and flood history information. Look for the updated toolkit in the Tools & Resources section of the Community Resources Page.
Agent Field Guide
Agents.FloodSmart.gov has a new guide to help insurance agents promote the importance of flood insurance to their customers. The guide includes a wealth of tips on how to explain flood risks, talking points that can be useful in telephone conversations and in-person client and prospect meetings, “barrier buster” messages that can help you overcome resistance to purchasing a policy, and much more.
Please visit www.FloodSmart.gov to see what is new and exciting for agents, real estate professionals, lenders, and community officials.
For more information on the NFIP and the tools we offer to intermediaries who help the public understand and purchase flood insurance, visit the following webpages:
The NFIP Insurance Professionals page
NFIP lender page
NFIP Publications page
The NFIP Flood Insurance Manual