For Immediate Release: April 10, 2019

Contact: Marla Sink at 919-807-6017

N.C. Department of Insurance to conduct disaster relief, flood insurance town halls

RALEIGH -- As the hurricane season approaches June 1, North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey is initiating efforts to educate residents about the need to purchase flood insurance and disaster relief by scheduling community town halls across the state.

The first two of five town halls have been scheduled on the coast – the area hardest hit by last year's Hurricane Florence. After seeing the flooding devastation in the aftermath of Florence, Commissioner Causey learned that fewer than 135,000 North Carolinians – in a state with more than 10 million people – had flood insurance policies and, as a result, realized it would be difficult for them to recover. In an effort to alleviate future suffering, he reminds North Carolinians that standard homeowners' insurance policies do not cover flood damage and is encouraging residents to purchase flood insurance.

Dr. Michelle Osborne, Chief Deputy Commissioner of Insurance, will conduct two public town hall meetings in coastal counties Tuesday, April 16.

A 10 a.m. town hall will be held at the Beaufort County Community College Auditorium (5337 U.S. 264) in Washington. Later in the day, a 2 p.m. town hall will be at the Craven County Community College's Orringer Auditorium (800 College Court) in New Bern.

The agenda includes:

Area homeowners, residents, insurance, and real estate professionals are encouraged to attend one of the town hall meetings, which are free and open to the public. More town halls around the state are being planned.