|Insurance Commissioner Voss Announces “Don’t Test the Waters”|
03 March 2011
Iowa Insurance Commissioner Susan E. Voss announced today that the Iowa Insurance Division (IID), in collaboration with the Department of Natural Resources and Homeland Security and Emergency Management, has launched its flood awareness program statewide for Flood Awareness Month. Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed a proclamation officially declaring March as Flood Awareness Month in Iowa.
The “Don’t Test the Waters” public information program will educate Iowans on how to prepare for a flood, protect property from flooding and determine if flood insurance is appropriate for them.
“That is why it is more important than ever to educate Iowans of their flood risk. It only takes a few inches of floodwater to cause tens of thousands of dollars in damages. Flood-related damage, and that from sewer backups, is not covered in most homeowner policies,” said Voss. “It is equally important to help Iowans start planning now to be ready for potential floods by taking the appropriate steps to reduce the impact of flooding to their homes, businesses, families, pets and finances.”