May 26, 2011

Many Tornado-Destroyed Homes Are Uninsured

Many of the states hammered by what's already the deadliest year for tornadoes in more than half a century have among the nation's highest rates of homes without hazard insurance despite being among the most twister-prone, data analyzed by The Associated Press shows. That means the regions that most need the insurance are often the exact places that don't have much of it. It also means many tornado victims may have a hard time getting compensated for their losses, putting more pressure on the federal government to help even though its assistance is limited by law.
The story goes on to detail one couple's loss. They dropped hazard insurance coverage on their home when the husband lost his job last year. They considered resuming their policy after the recent tornado outbreak in Arkansas, but didn't get around to it. Their house was destroyed by a tornado this week.