Typhoon Ondoy taught us that even residential areas in Metro Manila that we thought were flood-proof can get devastated by floodwaters given a large amount of rain. For this reason, you need to make sure that your home insurance policy covers “Acts of God” or “Acts of Nature”, which means that they are liable for natural phenomena like floods, lightning strikes, earthquakes, and other freak natural occurrences that can’t be prevented. In the event that your home gets damaged by a flood or similar nature, you can get your insurance provider to compensate for the repairs.
During disaster-free years, you might get the impression that paying for home insurance and the additional costs of the Acts of God clause are a waste of money. After all, the very nature of the Acts of God clause is that these natural disasters are unpredictable and unexpected. You may not think of your street as flood-prone, but you never know. It’s best to stay protected and stay covered because you may regret being under-insured in the future.
So the next time you speak with your insurance provider, make sure it is clear what situations are considered to be an “Act of God.” Ask them to be very clear about what specific natural disasters are covered by your insurer so that you can have the peace of mind knowing that all will not be lost during freak occurrences.