As an insurance advisor who strives to help consumers make well informed decisions to intelligently manage their many risks, properly framing such risks is a real challenge. I avoid the tone of scare-monger, while also reminding others that just because a risk has not personally impacted them does not mean it might not in the future. While the axiom “stuff happens” is proven correct daily, bad stuff usually happens to others. Usually.
Buying insurance to indemnify us from a possible future loss is just one strategy to consider in managing the risks we face. Employing other risk management strategies to minimize our vulnerabilities to certain risks is another approach worth considering. Meanwhile, there is one common de-facto “strategy” that consumers should NOT embrace. In alarming numbers, many consumers kid themselves that a wide range of risks simply will not occur, and have no real plan in place for a wide range of unlikely yet still possible disasters. After every natural disaster, we see the plight of the large numbers who have embraced this “can’t happen to me” belief. Choosing to NOT be prepared can be a terrible decision.
For any you know who could benefit from a dose of reality to better understand the risks of living near the coast – specifically Eastern Long Island – I highly recommend this eye opening article by noted journalist T. J. Clemente: http://easthampton.patch.com/groups/tj-clementes-blog/p/will-town-save-montauk-from-the-next-hurricane?a_dgi=aolshare_email