Understanding Weather Insurance

Weather insurance is a type of insurance coverage that many businesses purchase in order to deal with the risks of weather to their business. In many cases, weather events can have a negative impact on business and this risk has to be dealt with in some way. There are many different types of weather insurance policies that you could purchase. Here are the basics of weather insurance and how it works.

Weather Insurance

This type of insurance is not designed to provide coverage against catastrophic events to your property. That type of insurance is generally provided by property insurers. For example, weather insurance would not cover damage to a piece of property by a tornado. That would be covered by your property insurance. 

Weather insurance instead covers against loss of revenue as a result of weather phenomena. For example, if a company conducts most of its business outdoors, it could purchase weather insurance to make sure that they are covered in case the weather does not cooperate with them.

Same-Day Insurance

One type of weather insurance is same-day insurance coverage. This is a type of insurance that provides coverage for a single day. This type of insurance policy is purchased by companies that have outdoor events such as festivals or fairs. If it rains on that day, the company could stand to lose a significant amount of money. By purchasing a weather insurance policy, the company will pay them a certain amount of money if their revenue is negatively affected by the weather. Even though it is referred to as same-day insurance, you can actually purchase this for multiple days. For example, if you had a weekend festival, you could purchase two or three days worth of this insurance in a row.

Seasonal Policies

Another type of weather insurance is seasonal insurance. Seasonal insurance is designed to provide an extended period of coverage for the insured. The season could be defined by a particular number of days or it could coincide with the actual seasons of the weather. The insurance company will outline the particular terms of coverage for the insured. This type of insurance is valuable for businesses that do a great deal of business outdoors during a particular season of the year. For example, many companies in seasonal climates will do the majority of their business during the summer.

For example, a water park does most of their business when it is warm enough to swim. They might purchase a seasonal weather insurance policy to make sure that they make enough money during the summer months. If the water park had a great deal of rain during the summer, it could have a negative impact on the bottom line. If the summer was unseasonably cool, people would be more likely to avoid going to the water park. The water park will then file a claim with the insurance company and be reimbursed for a certain percentage of the lost revenue.

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