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Neptune Flood and Hippo Insurance Partner to Create First Online Home and Flood Insurance Solution

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Feb. 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Neptune Flood, a data-driven flood insurance company, recently partnered with Hippo Insurance to provide the best coverage for today’s homeowners. Hippo and Neptune both offer consumers a seamless digital experience with speed, transparency and first-class service. The strategic partnership will give Hippo customers direct access to flood insurance with Neptune Flood, which will be woven into its intuitive and efficient online binding process.

Neptune Flood launched in the fall of 2017 with technology that allows users to quote and buy flood insurance in under two minutes, removes the traditional waiting period and doesn’t require the standard elevation certificate. Born out of the expanding need for flood insurance, Neptune offers coverage in low and high-risk flood zones with savings up to 20% over the government’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The company’s advanced mapping technology provides highly accurate flood zone and risk-evaluation, offering homeowners near flood areas a better sense of their insurance needs.

“Many of our customers, across Texas, Pennsylvania and California are in need of high-quality flood insurance to properly protect their homes and prized valuables,” said Assaf Wand, CEO and Co-founder of Hippo Insurance. “Neptune Flood’s use of technology, expedited onboarding experience and fantastic coverage options makes them a perfect match for our modern home insurance coverage and seamless sign-up process.”

Hippo is transforming insurance for today’s households with modernized coverage. By eliminating process inefficiencies and outdated policy provisions, the company offers enhanced coverage at a savings of up to 25%. Hippo’s 60-second online quote and four-minute policy binding process makes it one of the fastest and easiest way to obtain home insurance on the market.

Hippo currently offers home and condo insurance to residents in 15 states and is rapidly expanding into new states each month. Neptune’s API allows for quick, deep integration into Hippo’s platform, speeding the flood insurance buying process and delivering an unprecedented client experience. The aligned mission and vision of the companies is the cornerstone of the relationship.

“Neptune is forming relationships with transformational distribution partners with a passion for changing the way households think about and buy insurance,” said Jim Albert, CEO of Neptune Flood. “Hippo is an example of our commitment to best in class partners who share our values in educating and helping our neighbors better protect their homes against the risk of flooding, while saving time and money.”

Nearly 80% of the properties flooded by Hurricane Harvey, which ravaged the Texan coastline in 2017, were considered low-risk homes by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). While banks and lenders do not require homeowners in low-risk zones to obtain flood coverage with their home insurance policies, Hippo and Neptune are working together to fill the gap between lender requirements and the reality of increasing flood risk.

About Neptune

Neptune Flood utilizes advanced data analytics and mapping technologies to create sophisticated algorithms for the risk of flooding. This revolutionary approach to pricing flood risk often results in superior coverage and savings over the National Flood Insurance Program of up to 20%. Neptune is available in 23 flood-prone states for homeowners in low and high-risk flood zones.

Neptune Flood was founded in 2016 by insurance and technology industry veterans, including CEO Jim Albert, with a goal of bringing advanced analytics and extreme ease of use to the flood insurance market. Neptune’s policies are backed by some of the largest reinsurers in the world, all rated “A” (Excellent) or better by A.M. Best. Learn more, visit http://neptuneflood.com.

About Hippo

Hippo is on a mission to transform home insurance for the modern household. Among its many innovations, Hippo allows homeowners to get a quote and purchase home insurance online in 60 seconds or less, save up to 25 percent compared with traditional insurers, and obtain smarter coverage for modern households. This includes protection for possessions like appliances, consumer electronics and home offices. Founded in 2015 by Assaf Wand and Eyal Navon, Hippo made its debut in the insurance marketplace in April 2017, and has raised $109 million to reinvent home insurance through its initial funding rounds. The company is headquartered in Mountain View, California. For more information, visit http://www.myhippo.com.

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Flooding: The Costliest Disaster

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Our nation has been slammed by countless natural disasters: the Northridge Earthquake, Hurricane Katrina, the Yosemite National Park Rim Fire of 2013, the Great Appalachian Blizzard of 1950, and many, many more. Each one has been catastrophic, but the costliest disasters are floods. Here’s a look at why floods are the most expensive disasters.

WHAT ARE FLOODS?

Floods are large amounts of water that surge onto normally dry land. These natural disasters are caused by torrential rain, hurricanes, snowmelt or dam breakage, triggering overflowing streams, rivers, oceans, or lakes.

Floods can sweep away cars, bridges, buildings, and people. They can cause contamination by scooping up dirt, sand, debris, garbage, chemicals, and even human and animal waste. Floods can destroy crops and even uproot trees. Flood waters can rise suddenly and ebb quickly (flash floods), or they may take several days, weeks or even months to rise and recede.

THE ECONOMIC DAMAGE OF FLOODS

Ninety percent of all natural disasters in the US are floods. Floods are also the costliest natural disaster. High-risk areas aren’t the only ones that are susceptible to floods. Twenty-five percent of flood insurance claims are filed in moderate to low-risk areas. If you happen to be in that 25 percentile, Neptune Flood will apply our specialized melding of technology, math algorithms, and insurance expertise to help you get back on your feet.

According to a study conducted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), floods in the United States caused about $60.7 billion worth of crop and property damage from 1995 to 2017.

DETAILS ABOUT WHAT CAUSES FLOODS

There are many conditions that produce floods, and their effects are often unpredictable:

• Flash Floods — Flash floods cause the highest number of weather-related deaths. They’re caused when rain falls so fast that the ground cannot absorb it. There is usually precious little time between the rain falling and the flash flood beginning. An epic flash flood engulfed Louisville, Kentucky in 2009 when it was hit by a monumental 8.8 inches of rain per hour. Damages from this pummeling totaled approximately $8.5 million.

• Spring Thaw — When snow in colder regions melts in the springtime, it can wreak havoc if it overflows rivers, streams, and lakes. In 2009, Alaska experienced record-breaking floods coursing from snowmelt and ice jams along its rivers. The state buckled under $7.2 million of damages.

• Heavy Rain and Snowmelt — In 2009, the state of Washington was bludgeoned by an onslaught of rain and snowmelt that caused severe flooding and mudslides. Damages soared to $125 million.

PERSONAL PROPERTY DAMAGES

Personal property can take severe hits from flood damage. Some of these expenses can include:

• Mold — Mold is a fungus that thrives in the moisture that flood waters deposit in your home. Mold can lodge in walls, attics, and basements and can cause allergies and asthma symptoms. Mold removal can cost approximately $2,000 to $6,000, depending upon the severity of the infestation.

• Basement Flood — Damage to your basement from flood hinges upon how much water seeped into your foundation and the extent of the destruction. It may cost $10,000 to repair damage from water that’s only several inches deep, while repairs for a more extensive flood could set you back between $25,000 and $50,000.

ECONOMIC IMPACT ON AGRICULTURE

Hurricane Florence dealt North Carolina a huge economic blow. Graham Boyd, chief executive of the Tobacco Growers Association of North Carolina (TGANC), estimates losses could total as much as 125 million pounds of tobacco valued at $250 million to $350 million. In addition, livestock losses in the state are estimated at 5,500 hogs and 3.4 million poultry. Small farms have also experienced formidable setbacks.

ECONOMIC IMPACT ON EMPLOYEES AND BUSINESSES

When day-to-day business activities are interrupted by a breakdown of communication channels, and by damaged roads, bridges and transportation systems, economic activities grind to a halt. This can cause loss of livelihoods or even ruination of businesses. If these businesses are in a city that is a commercial hub, their destruction could have economic repercussions for the surrounding areas that were unaffected by floods.

HOW DO FLOODS AFFECT YOUR CAR?

If your car was submerged during a flood, it’s probably totaled, and your investment has been washed away. Once water flows through the engine compartment or floods the interior, too many significant parts will be damaged to safely drive your car. You can probably expect the engine, transmission, drive train, brake, fuel, and power steering systems to be ruined.

Flooding is the most common natural disaster and the costliest. Aside from physical ravages, floods can have dire economic consequences. At Neptune Flood, we understand that your finances may have taken a hard hit from flooding. Please contact us so that we can implement our cutting edge technology to provide you with superior coverage that will waterproof your life.

 

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Disaster Preparedness – Emergency Flood Supplies

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Benjamin Franklin once wisely said, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” That philosophy is just as relevant today as it was in the 1700s. This can apply to countless things, including disaster preparedness – in particular, flood preparedness.

While it may be hard to predict a flood, you can be prepared for one. If you have the right emergency supplies, your odds of surviving a flood will dramatically improve. Here are the supplies you’ll need to ride out the storm:

WHAT IS A DISASTER SUPPLY KIT?

A disaster supply kit contains basic items that you and your family may need in case of a flood. You must understand that roads will be inaccessible and public transportation will be shut down.

Prepare your flood supplies long before disaster strikes. You may have to evacuate without any notice, and you must be able to quickly and easily take essentials with you.

During or after a flood, you’ll need to have enough food, water, and other supplies to last for at least three days. First responders should arrive after the flood, but they won’t be able to reach everyone right away. You may get help in hours, or you may get help in days.

Basic services such as gas, water, electricity, trash collection, grocery stores, and ATMs could be wiped out for a week or more. Your emergency flood kit should help you hang on.

An important part of preparing for this type of disaster is having flood insurance in place before catastrophe hits. Neptune Flood, providing innovative, budget-friendly flood insurance coverage since 2016, will help you select a policy that can help you recover from flood damage.

HOW SHOULD SUPPLIES BE STORED?

Store all of your emergency flood supplies in airtight plastic bags. Then put everything in easy-to-carry duffel bags or plastic bins.

BASIC EMERGENCY KIT SUPPLIES

At the minimum, you should stock your flood kit with these items:

• Water — At least one gallon per person per day for drinking, as well as sanitation.

• Food — Pack non-perishable foods that don’t require refrigeration, preparation or cooking. You can bring foods such as canned fruits, canned vegetables, and canned meat. You may also want to bring comfort foods with you such as cookies and candy. Remember to stow a manual can opener too.

• Flashlight and extra batteries

• First aid kit

• Moist towelettes and garbage bags with ties for personal sanitation

• Whistle to signal for help

• Cell phone with chargers and backup battery

• Flares

• Blankets or sleeping bags

• Battery-powered emergency radio

• Cash, change and traveler’s checks. You’ll be unable to use debit or credit cards.

• Comfortable shoes

MEDICATIONS AND TOILETRIES

A more extensive emergency kit should also contain:

• Prescription medications

• Aspirin

• Anti-diarrheal medication

• Feminine hygiene products

• Laxative

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS

You’ll need to take these documents with you so they’re not harmed in the flood and also because they may be difficult to replace after the disaster has passed. Be sure to protect them in a waterproof container:

• Deeds, stocks, bonds, wills, insurance policies

• Bank account numbers, along with credit card numbers and respective companies

• Birth, marriage, death certificates

DON’T FORGET YOUR PET

Remember to pack supplies for your pets’ comfort and safety:

• Medication and veterinary records

• Three to 7 days’ worth of pop-top canned food and dry food

• Food bowls

• Extra collar or harness and extra leash

KEEP YOUR KIT UP TO DATE

Supplies must be carefully maintained so that they are up to date and usable:

• Store items in airtight plastic bags.

• Change your stored water every six months so it stays fresh.

• Replace your stored food every six months.

• Make sure your pets’ dry food isn’t stale or spoiled.

WHERE SHOULD YOU KEEP YOUR KIT?

It’s impossible to know where you’ll be when a flood strikes, so prepare supplies for vehicles, home, and work:

• Home — Have your kit ready and up to date in case you need to leave your house fast. Make sure your whole family knows where it’s stored.

• Work — You may need to shelter at work for more than 24 hours. Your work kit should be filled with food, water, medicines, and comfortable shoes or sneakers.

• Car — Keep emergency supplies in your car in case you’re stranded. In addition to basic emergency supplies, be sure to carry jumper cables, flares or reflective triangles, cat litter or sand for traction, an ice scraper, and a cell phone charger.

Floods don’t announce themselves. They can strike quickly and with a vengeance. If you’re prepared with emergency flood supplies, you’ll have a better chance of riding one out.

A big part of this preparation is flood insurance. Neptune Flood provides affordable flood coverage that pairs innovative technology with insurance ingenuity. Please call us today for more information. The future of flood insurance is here.

Flood Recovery

Flood Recovery: What to Know

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Recovery after any flood is difficult, whether you’re suffering from the catastrophic devastation caused by Hurricane Michael or your home was damaged by a small local flood. It can be extraordinarily difficult to accomplish all that needs to be done, but establishing a clear set of priorities is helpful.

Warning!

You’ve been anxiously waiting to go home, but don’t go in until you’re sure it’s safe.

  • Wear boots or sturdy shoes, eye protection, and heavy gloves. In addition to dangers such as broken construction materials, jagged metal, and glass, watch for snakes, red or fire ants, and other dangerous animals.
  • Check for structural damage before entering.
  • Wear a respirator capable of filtering mold spores if mold is present.
  • Be sure the gas and electricity are turned off and there are no gas leaks. Use only lights powered by batteries.
  • Open windows, doors, closet, and cabinet doors to ventilate home and reduce humidity. If possible, run air conditioner or heater, fans, and dehumidifiers.
  • Remove valuable belongings and clear debris.
  • Do what you can to minimize further damage: Tarp or repair roof and damaged floors, patch holes, and check for leaking water pipes.
  • Pump out basement very carefully. If soil surrounding the basement is still saturated, hydrostatic loads can cause the walls and floors to collapse or crack.
  • NEVER combine chlorine bleach with vinegar, ammonia or household cleaning products as the combination could create toxic fumes.

How Water Damages to Your Home

Many elements of your home are particularly vulnerable to floodwater damage.

  • Wallboard will disintegrate when wet for too long
  • Wood cabinets, doors, window frames, molding, and flooring will warp, swell and decay
  • Electrical components can shock you or cause fires

Mold and Contaminants

  • Mold spreads very quickly after a flood. Breathing in the mold spores can cause a number of serious health issues. Respirators are recommended.
  • Many common household products can be used to clean mold from surfaces. Moldpedia, among others, publishes instructions on various do-it-yourself mold removal methods.
  • Floodwater contains many unknown and potentially dangerous contaminants. Use bottled water for drinking, cooking, and other purposes until wells or public water sources are tested and pronounced safe.

Care for Your Family and Yourself

Your greatest source of strength is your family. Stay together.

  • Everyone is stressed but will react differently. Don’t hesitate to ask for help.
  • Establish a workable schedule.
  • Hold family meetings to talk about your problems, letting all family members express their concerns. Reassure your children and be patient.

Stay Healthy

Make mental and physical health a top priority.

  • Expect floodwaters to be contaminated. Contact with the water should be avoided by those with health issues, pregnant women, and young children.
  • Everything, especially dishes and cooking utensils, should be disinfected.
  • Wash hands thoroughly and frequently with clean water and soap.
  • Try to avoid being injured as any wound can easily become infected.
  • Pay attention to your physical limitations and take or obtain necessary prescription medications.

Financial Assistance

There are several sources of financial assistance.

1. Insurance

  • Contact your insurance agent(s) and your mortgage holder.
  • Homeowners insurance normally covers wind losses and broken water pipes.
  • Flood insurance covers floodwater losses.
  • Wind and hail insurance protects residents of coastal areas from hurricane losses.
  • Ask about coverage for hotels, rental cars, and other living expenses.
  • Find out details on the claims process and when an adjuster will be assigned. Take photos and begin a list of your damages. Separate damaged from undamaged items. Collect receipts and other proofs of purchase.
  1. Government Disaster ProgramsState and/or federal aid programs become available after your community has been declared a disaster area by your governor, the President, or a federal agency. Check with your local government for details on applying for state disaster relief programs.Presidential disaster declarations enable many federal disaster relief programs including:
  • Loans
  • Housing assistance
  • Grants
  • Deductions on income taxes
  • Counseling
  • Assistance with floodproofing your home
  1. Volunteer GroupsVolunteers from the Salvation Army, the American Red Cross, and churches are often among the first to offer help after a disaster. They typically help with immediate flood recovery needs such as clothing, shelter, food, medical aid, and counseling.Neptune Flood is committed to providing the best flood insurance available today. Obtain a quote in minutes – you’ll be surprised by the high limits, additional coverage, and affordable price. Compare Neptune’s coverage to traditional government flood insurance and see for yourself. Backed by some of the world’s largest insurance markets, Neptune Flood offers the flood insurance you need.

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Flood Causes

Flood Causes

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Floods are the #1 natural disaster in the U.S. and worldwide. Damage from floodwaters surpasses the losses caused by hurricanes, tornadoes, or earthquakes – as horrifying and powerful as those catastrophic events are.

The simplest definition of a flood is a large overflow of water onto land that is usually dry. Floods can appear and recede as quickly as it happens with a flash flood. The most catastrophic floods linger for some time, causing loss of life and irreparable damage.

What Causes a Flood?

Flood prevention is a matter of great concern. Floods are primarily a natural phenomenon, but human actions, such as poorly designed infrastructure, can set the stage for a later flood. Understanding the causes is essential to either flood prevention or reducing future flood damage.

Most floods are the result of one of the eight following causes, some natural and some the result of human actions.

1. Heavy Rainfall

For many years, people have designed their infrastructure to move rainwater from where it falls to reservoirs and basins. Most of the time, the system works. No one other than those who support the infrastructure gives a second thought to where the water goes.

Occasionally, a very heavy rain will be too much for the system to handle. The water accumulates faster than it can be taken away. Streets flood. Homes and businesses are flooded by the rising water.

2. Overflowing Rivers

It’s entirely possible to experience river floods without heavy rainfall in your area. People living near rivers are very aware of the fact that if a large storm dumps tremendous quantities of water into the river upstream, then that excess water will flow downstream. This type of flood can be catastrophic but is often predictable and manageable.

Perhaps the best example of this type of flood took place annually in Egypt for thousands of years. The annual flooding of the Nile was a much-anticipated event. The floodwaters left behind incredibly fertile soil that grew the crops needed for trade and to feed their entire civilization.

3. Broken Dams and Levees

Broken dams can cause an incredible amount of damage. In the U.S., most dams and levees were built many years ago. When faced with more water than they can handle, these structures fail, releasing raging waters upon anything in its path. While our infrastructure normally works very well, any structure could potentially fail.

During Hurricane Katrina, the aging levees broke, changing countless lives forever. Thirteen years later, sections of New Orleans’s Ninth Ward still resemble a crumbling ghost town. The story would have been much different if the levees had held.

The Johnstown Flood of 1889 left 2,209 people dead after the South Fork Dam failed. A vast quantity of water exploded through the breaking dam, rushing 14 miles downstream where it totally destroyed the town of Johnstown. Investigation of the disaster eventually resulted in changes to dam management and the U.S. legal system.

4. City Drainage Basins

Many large cities, such as Los Angeles, build concrete drainage basins to contain and manage rainwater. When the rain is especially heavy, the basins can fill up and overflow into low-lying areas.

5. Storm Surges and Tsunamis

Storm surge is one of the most dangerous effects of a hurricane. Powerful winds push water toward the shore, creating life-threatening storm surges that can rage over the tops of homes, sweeping away everything in its path. During Hurricane Katrina, a 34.1 foot High Water Mark was recorded, consisting of a 22 feet high storm surge combined with a 1-foot tide and 11-foot waves. If you live in a two-story house, this storm surge would have totally engulfed your home, crashing over the roof.

Underwater earthquakes can create monstrous waves known as tsunamis. The tsunami that devastated Indonesia in 2004 killed 227,898 people.

6. Lakes, Rivers, and Reservoirs With Steep Sides

A fast runoff of water in a steep-sided narrow channel will rise quickly. This can occur with either natural or man-made channels.

7. Drought and Desert Areas

Trees, shrubs, and other vegetation help to prevent floods by slowing runoff. When there is little vegetation, such as in a desert or drought, the water flows unchecked. A heavy rainfall after a drought can result in a flash flood. Fortunately, reservoirs and basins are normally able to prevent this. In areas where nothing exists to divert the water, flash floods can prove deadly.

8. Melting Ice and Snow

Most people who live near mountains are prepared for spring floods as the snow melts and creates ever-larger streams rushing down the mountain. If there was a much heavier than average snowfall, they know they can expect higher than average water levels and possible floods.

In 2017, the year of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, the average insurance claim after a flood was $91,735. 2018 has also seen substantial flooding. After the recent Florence floods, people living 200 miles from the ocean were flooded. Many never expected to be flooded and had no flood insurance.

Could you afford to rebuild your home and replace all your belongings? Neptune Flood offers peace of mind from the unexpected. If you live in a designated flood zone, your mortgage holder requires flood insurance. However, as happened this year, devastating floods can happen in areas where flooding isn’t anticipated. Also, many homeowners with no mortgages don’t carry flood insurance.

Get a flood insurance quote from Neptune Flood in less than three minutes. Discover how affordable it is. Knowing you’re covered will let you sleep at night.