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    CADO Flood\NFIP Support Page

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    This page provides information and resources related to the handling of flood claims.

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    On the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Claims Manual
    On Renewing/Obtaining Flood Control Number
    NFIP Fee Schedule

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    Significant Flood Events include ...

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    Hurricane Katrina (2005) with 208,348 Paid Losses
    Hurricane Sandy (2012) with 114,846 Paid Losses
    Hurricane Harvey (2017) with 92,385 Paid Losses

Flood Damage

National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Claims Manual

Click here for Appendices for the NFIP Claims Manual

Links to the current edition and previous editions of the NFIP Claims Manual. (PDFs)

Current Claims Manual Effective 6/29/2023

Effective October 1, 2021
Table of Changes to the 10-2021 Manual
Effective May 1 2020
Effective June 1, 2019
Effective August 30, 2018
Effective September 2, 2013
The "read more" link will take you to the source the manuals, please check the Claims Manual section on that page,

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Colorado Flooding

Renewing/Obtaining Flood Control Number

Adjusters seeking to maintain their active registered status must attend an NFIP Claims Presentation each calendar year. Use the read more link for information about the qualification process or to contact the Bureau & Statistical Agent. Source: NFIP .

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Flooding

NFIP Fee Schedule

 9/29/2023 Update: FEMA has revised its NFIP Adjuster Fee Schedule. The revised NFIP Adjuster Fee Schedule will be effective on October 1, 2023, and is applicable to claims with dates of loss on or after October 1, 2023. The 2022 Increased Cost of Compliance (ICC) Fee Schedule was not revised. You can follow this link for the source of this update which is the WYO Company Bulletin W-23013

NFIP Adjuster Claims Presentation Schedule

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NFIP Adjuster Fee Schedules – Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 Revision

Effective on October 1, 2023

" FEMA has revised its NFIP Adjuster Fee Schedule. The revised NFIP Adjuster Fee Schedule will be effective on October 1, 2023, and is applicable to claims with dates of loss on or after October 1, 2023. The 2022 Increased Cost of Compliance (ICC) Fee Schedule was not revised."


FEMA Projects Up to $3.5 - $5.3 Billion in Hurricane Ian Flood Insurance Claims Payments

From a FEMA News Article:
Release Date:
November 10, 2022

WASHINGTON -- As of Nov. 10, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has received more than 44,000 flood claims from Hurricane Ian and has paid nearly $437 million to policyholders.

FEMA’s initial estimate projects Hurricane Ian could potentially result in NFIP claims losses between $3.5 - $5.3 billion, including loss adjustment expenses. The losses include flood insurance claims received from five states, with the majority of claims coming from Florida.

The agency based the initial estimate on several data points. These include policy information, daily reports of claims and payments made, significant historical events patterns of reported claims and payments, current economic conditions and claim adjuster observations.


NFIP Adjuster Fee Schedules – Alternative Fee Schedule

To apply to claims reported with a date of loss of September 17, 2022, and later.

The information below comes the WYO Bulletin W-22007 issued 10/1/2022

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 WYO Financial Assistance/Subsidy Arrangement (“Arrangement”) at IV.C.2 authorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in its sole discretion, to authorize the use of an alternative Fee Schedule to ensure the availability of qualified insurance adjusters during catastrophic flooding events.


NFIP Claims Manual Effective June 1, 2019

National Flood Insurance Program

The purpose of the NFIP Claims Manual is to improve clarity of claims guidance to WYOs, vendors, adjusters, and examiners so that policyholders experience consistency and reliability of service. The manual provides processes for handling claims from the notice of loss to final payment.

All NFIP bulletins, other than those announcing Flood Insurance Claims Office numbers, Flood Response Office locations, claims adjuster briefings, and current/future program changes, are superseded by this manual and of no further effect. 

Source: NFIP


Addendum to the NFIP Adjuster Claims Manual — Special Adjustment Issues: Fiberboard Sheathing/Blackboard

WYO Bulletin w-17065

On October 13, 2017, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) updated the NFIP Adjuster Claims Manual by adding an addendum providing additional guidance on special adjustment issues surrounding perimeter wall sheathing. The addendum expands upon and replaces existing guidance found at Paragraph P of Section VIII of the NFIP Adjuster Claims Manual.


Special Adjuster Fee Schedule for Claims with a Date of Loss on or after August 24, 2017, through November 30, 2017

Source: Bulletin W-17045

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma caused widespread flooding in Texas, Louisiana, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Florida, and the southeast United States. Due to the catastrophic impacts of these hurricanes and the increased demand for flood insurance adjusters, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is increasing the amount it will pay to adjust flood insurance claims.

The entire insurance industry is searching for qualified individuals to join the ranks of claims adjusters to handle losses from Harvey, Irma, and future events. FEMA recognizes the specialized knowledge required to properly adjust NFIP losses. Adjusters must know the differences between the Standard Flood Insurance Policy (SFIP) and private industry property insurance forms. They must know interpretations of coverage made by FEMA and the unique reporting requirements of the NFIP. Accordingly, FEMA maintains a list of adjusters authorized to handle NFIP losses.


New Guidelines for NFIP Adjusters

FEMA Bulletin w-16005 – Authorized NFIP Adjusters and 2016 NFIP Claim Presentations

A note about the use of the term “Authorized NFIP Adjuster” rather than “Certified NFIP Adjuster”: It is FEMA’s position that certification requires a more formal course of study and the successful passing of a series of examinations before certification is awarded, such is the case with Certified Public Accounts. Also, the FCN will now be referred to as the Flood Control Number.


NFIP Training Available Online

The NFIP offers free online courses in basic and advanced flood insurance topics through the FEMA Emergency Management Institute. NFIP Training courses are free and open to anyone. Click on a link below to begin your self study course. 

 

(note: we first posted this in December of 2015, but it was deleted in error)


NFIP Coverage Comparison as of December 31, 2000

Comparison of the NFIP Dwelling Form, General Property Form and the RCBAP form

This chart shows provides a coverage comparison of the following NFIP policies. 

The Three Policy Forms 
There are three policy forms – Dwelling Form, the General Property Form, and the 
Residential Condominium Building Association Policy. Each is used to insure a different type 
of property. All, however, contain certain terms and condition (e.g., Mortgage Clause, 
Reformation of Coverage) that are unique to flood insurance.
 

source: NFIP


NFIP General Property Form

Subject: Policy: General Property Form
Description: The General Property Policy Form may be issued to owners or lessees of non-residential buildings or units, or residential condominium buildings that are uninsurable under the RCBAP.


NFIP Dwelling Form

Subject: Policy: NFIP Dwelling Form
Description: Quote from FEMA;

The Dwelling Policy Form may be issued to homeowners, residential renters and condominium unit-owners, owners of residential buildings containing two to four units.

In communities participating in the NFIP Regular Program* or Emergency Program** the dwelling policy provides building and/or contents coverage for:

  • Detached, single-family, non-condominium residence with incidental occupancy limited to less than 50% of the total floor area;
  • Two- to four- family, non-condominium building with incidental occupancy limited to less than 25% of the total floor area;
  • Dwelling unit in residential condominium building;
  • Residential townhouse/rowhouse
  • Manufactured mobile homes

NFIP Adjuster Fee Schedule

9/29/2023 Update:  "FEMA has revised its NFIP Adjuster Fee Schedule. The revised NFIP Adjuster Fee Schedule will be effective on October 1, 2023, and is applicable to claims with dates of loss on or after October 1, 2023. The 2022 Increased Cost of Compliance (ICC) Fee Schedule was not revised."

FEMA Press Releases

Here are some recent Releases

Here is a link to the FEMA Press Releases official website. The source of the releases above.

Need Flood Adjusters


Need Flood Adjusters? Click here to see those that report they are NFIP Certified  Adjusters please check and update your information if needed.

WYO Company Bulletins

Source: The National Flood Insurance Program | FloodSmart | NFIPServices

Follow these links to see all WYO Bulletins and to check on new Bulletins:  2023 Bulletins | 2022 Bulletins | 2021 Bulletins
 

Flood Losses

Below is a link to a FEMA page that provides reports that can be downloaded which provides flood insurance losses per state.The table on that page includes open claims, closed claims, and claims closed without payment.

 
Below is another link that takes you to a page on the  Insurance Information Institute, Inc. website that provides Flood Statistics.

Flood Adjuster Capacity Program Manual

This manual has publish date of July 2019, here is a summary from the manual.

"FEMA is dedicated to increasing the nation’s disaster resiliency. To this end, FEMA’s NFIP is working hard to increase the number of households and businesses that are protected by flood insurance. As the flood insurance policy count grows, FEMA will need to maintain a high level of customer satisfaction throughout the claims process. To make this possible, FEMA has initiated the Flood Adjuster Capacity Program (FACP) and is partnering with WYO Companies, independent adjusting firms, and individual adjusters to increase the number of claims adjusters who are trained and available to help NFIP policyholders after flood events. The FACP will work to strengthen and enhance recruitment, training and professional development for claims adjusters nationwide."

Here is a link to the manual

Adjuster Estimates

Additional Resources


NFIP Training Available Online

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NFIP Dwelling Form

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