Late-Season Snowstorm Slams Northeast; Damage From Blizzards, Winter Storms Covered By Most

Standard homeowners policies provide coverage for damage caused by wind, hail, snow and ice. Additional living expenses (ALE) would pay for reasonable expenses incurred by living elsewhere while a home is being repaired. The liability portion of a policy provides protection should someone slip and fall on a homeowner’s property.

Melting snow that seeps into a home is covered by flood insurance, which is provided by FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program, and a few private insurers. Damage caused by a sewer backup into your home may be covered by the NFIP if it is a direct result of flooding.

Auto accidents caused by slippery road conditions are covered under standard auto insurance policies. Damage to a car caused by winter conditions, such as falling ice or a collision with an object, is covered by the optional comprehensive and collision portions of an auto policy.

Business Insurance policies provide coverage for property damage and losses to inventory. Business income insurance (also known as business interruption insurance) is typically included in a Business Owners Policy (BOP) or a Commercial policy. It provides for revenues lost due to business closure, fixed expenses, such as rent and utility costs, as well as expenses of operating from a temporary location.

Winter storms were the second largest cause of insured U.S. catastrophe losses for the period of 2006–2015. Winter storms caused $1 billion in insured losses in 2016, up dramatically from $38 million in 2012.

From 1996 to 2015 in the U.S., winter storms resulted in about $30 billion in insured catastrophe losses (in 2015 dollars), or about $1.5 billion a year on average, according to Property Claim Services (PCS).

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Facts and Statistics: Winter Storms

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