The Down East Resilience Network is hosting a property insurance community roundtable this month for owners to learn more about their current insurance coverage to help better prepare for the future.
The open house is from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, at the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center on Harkers Island.
The Down East Resilience Network is a group of researchers, agencies, educators, students and others invested in the adaptation and resiliency that was formed three years ago to raise awareness of the environmental changes taking place in the region, which includes 13 communities in eastern Carteret County. To help with planning, register online.
During the open house there will be representatives from the state’s departments of Insurance and Public Safety, North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resiliency, the National Flood Insurance Program, Federal Emergency Management Agency and other specialists.
Roundtable discussions with insurance specialists are scheduled for 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Registration is not required to attend.
“This is not an insurance sales pitch, but rather an opportunity to learn more about coastal insurance changes/challenges,” organizers said.
This event is intended to give community members the opportunity to ask the following questions and address other concerns:
- Are you ready for the next storm, the next high tide or the next nor’easter?
- Is your home or business in a flood zone? What does that mean? Do you have questions regarding flood maps?
- Do you need flood insurance? Can you afford flood insurance? Can you afford not to have it?
- What resources does FEMA provide for pre-storm mitigation, post-storm recovery, long-term resilience?
- What companies are still covering coastal NC? What is the long-term projection for these companies?
The insurance roundtable is a recommendation from the Down East Resilience Network meetings held in Sept 2023.
Food will be available throughout the day for lunch, supper, and snacks. Organizers thanked Chalk & Gibbs Insurance of Morehead City for supporting the discussion.
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