Becoming A One-Time Flood Insurance Policy Expert

I’d guess that 80 percent of journalism is having to write about something you don’t know about.

Don’t ask me what the other 20 percent is, though.

It could be something as simple as you don’t know what’s going to come out of a meeting, or covering a religious event that you don’t celebrate or in this case, explaining to people what the hell was going on with skyrocketing flood insurance policies. Thankfully enough noise was made that forced the federal government to delay changes that were making people pay more for flood insurance than their mortgage.

I don’t own a home. And so I don’t pay for flood insurance. So, I have no idea how any of this works.

But I was told to tell people what happened in my community and what’s behind the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act. It must have resonated because a law office decided to cite one of my articles as a source in a Tampa Chamber of Commerce newsletter and InsuranceNewsNet picked up the story.

Part of the reporting was to convince the Washington Bureau that the flood insurance problems are not just a Florida problem, but a national issue. I also contributed to a McClatchy Washington Bureau story on the issue, too, when the bureau was able to follow the goings-on in D.C.

Manatee homeowners to get double whammy as flood insurance rates skyrocket

Pamela Lazaroff and her boyfriend Mike Martell have to grin and bear it when they look at their estimated flood insurance bill for their humble Holmes Beach abode. Because of changes to the National Flood Insurance Program, the couple’s insurance bill will jump 614 percent, from $914 a year to $6,500 a year.

Congressman Vern Buchanan files bipartisan bill to delay flood insurance hikes

Bill aims to delay flood insurance increases as part of Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act until March 1, 2015 for most homeowners

Flood insurance rate delays opposed

Washington policy group SmarterSafer pushes against delays in flood insurance hikes that are putting a squeeze on Florida homeowners.

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