Being knowledgeable of NFIP coverages and changes is crucial in communicating the need for flood insurance to your clients. Fortunately, Selective and Big “I” Flood leverage a variety of channels to keep members up to speed, including:
- Regularly issued communications from Selective about NFIP legislative changes and how they impact agents and customers.
- Numerous publications providing industry updates:
General Flood Insurance Resources
This is a form from the NFIP that provides all of the essential information on flood insurance in one small form. This form explains the basics of Pre-FIRM vs. Post-FIRM, Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHA), Flood Zones, and Elevation Certificates (EC).
The NFIP's Insurance Agent-Focused website. This is an invaluable web resource for every agent. FloodSmart contains marketing materials, interactive website tools, flood insurance FAQ's, videos, etc.
Sign up for e-newsletters and receive the most current updates from the NFIP.
A brief explanation of what the NFIP is and what they do.
A brief description and the goals of the WYO program.
This is THE flood insurance manual. Anything you want to know about flood insurance is located here. (Updated every May and October).
The Elevation Certificate is an important administrative tool of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). It is to be used to provide elevation information necessary to ensure compliance with community floodplain management ordinances, to determine the proper insurance premium rate, and to support a request for a Letter of Map Amendment (LOMA) or Letter of Map Revision based on fill (LOMR-F). The Elevation Certificate is required in order to properly rate post-FIRM buildings. The expiration date for this form is July 31, 2015.
A collection of current news and all press releases from the Big "I".
Big "I" search function for finding an independent agent in a certain area.
Keep track of flood map updates and find out when different communities are scheduled for new effective Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs).
FEMA Flood Map Service Center (MSC)
The FEMA Flood Map Service Center (MSC) is the official public source for flood hazard information produced in support of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Use the MSC to find your official flood map, access a range of other flood hazard products, and take advantage of tools for better understanding flood risk.
A list of NFIP's workshops. Some are webinars and others are in a classroom setting.
NFIP Forms Room
Current and archived manual editions, including bulletins.
A large collection of FEMA's publications, including: Order Forms, Stickers, Stuffers, Brochures, Information Sheets, Booklets, Post Flood Materials, Spanish Materials.
This is the NFIP's consumer-focused website. This site is a great introduction to flood insurance. For a more detailed look at flood insurance specifically tailored to agents, take a look at the next link:
Almost everything for flood insurance agents can be found here. Sales tools, education and training, how to sell a flood policy, claims and services, marketing/advertising, etc.
All WYO program bulletins from the NFIP.