Report highlights lack of awareness on flood risks and available insurance protection
WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J., Nov. 14, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Chubb, the world's largest publicly traded property and casualty insurance company, today unveiled findings from a new survey that finds U.S. mid-market companies (a majority between $10 million and $1 billion) are significantly unaware of and unprepared for the risks their businesses face from flooding.
Some 85% of companies mistakenly believe their property insurance covers some, all, or most types of flooding. Further, only a small minority of businesses recognize that flooding is the most common and costly natural disaster. Taken together, the survey results show a severe underestimation of the gravity of commercial flood risk and underscore the urgent need for education around the severity and frequency of floods, even in traditionally low-risk areas.
In the U.S. alone, floods have cost taxpayers over $850 billion since 2000, accounting for two-thirds of the cost of all natural disasters. To gauge perceptions of businesses related to this risk, Chubb commissioned a survey of insurance brokers, who play a critical role in advising businesses on securing insurance coverage to help protect them from risks, including floods and other natural catastrophes. Brokers, are well positioned to understand their clients' awareness of flood exposures and understanding of available insurance protections, as well as their familiarity with flood insurance and risk mitigation measures.
"Flood risk is far more pervasive with the increasing frequency and severity of extreme weather events," said Louis Hobson, Senior Vice President, North America Flood Insurance at Chubb North America. "This report shows that far too many companies are unknowingly uninsured against flood risks. It is incumbent on insurance carriers and brokers to educate the marketplace and ensure organizations understand the risks of flood and the protection available."
These findings create a sense of urgency within the insurance industry to clarify coverage details, so that commercial property owners are not surprised when they discover their flood losses are not covered by existing policies. Businesses may want to focus on building resilience into their properties and operations to ensure they are adequately prepared for the long term.
Hobson recommends businesses consider taking the following actions:
Chubb is committed to empowering organizations to make more informed and sustainable decisions as they insure their businesses and provide services to help evaluate and create resilience.
To access the full Chubb Commercial Insurance Flood Risk Survey report, please visit https://www.chubb.com/us-en/businesses/campaign/commercial-flood-insurance-report.html.
About Chubb Commercial Insurance Flood Risk Survey
Chubb Commercial Insurance Flood Risk Survey assesses how companies and industries are preparing themselves from the rise in extreme weather events through the lens of insurance brokers. The report surveyed 332 commercial brokers, spanning key regions across the United States including the Pacific South, Pacific Northwest, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, NY Region, Mid-Atlantic Region, and the Southeast. Half of the companies cited by brokers reported revenues under $50 million, 29% reported revenues between $50 million and $500 million, and 23% reported revenues exceeding $500 million. The survey cites companies in industries most sensitive to suffer financial losses from catastrophic weather events such as aerospace, agriculture, telecommunications, clean tech, construction, cultural and education organizations, energy, entertainment, and government contractors. The market research was commissioned and conceived by Chubb and includes broker survey results from iResearch Services and Chubb internal survey data. It was fielded between May 17, 2023 and June 6, 2023, with a margin of error of +/- 4%.
Chubb is the world's largest publicly traded property and casualty insurance company. With operations in 54 countries and territories, Chubb provides commercial and personal property and casualty insurance, personal accident and supplemental health insurance, reinsurance and life insurance to a diverse group of clients. As an underwriting company, we assess, assume and manage risk with insight and discipline. We service and pay our claims fairly and promptly. The company is also defined by its extensive product and service offerings, broad distribution capabilities, exceptional financial strength and local operations globally. Parent company Chubb Limited is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: CB) and is a component of the S&P 500 index. Chubb maintains executive offices in Zurich, New York, London, Paris and other locations, and employs approximately 40,000 people worldwide. Additional information can be found at: www.chubb.com.