FEMA today (Dec 27, 2018) notified insurers that they would not be able to sell or renew flood insurance policies under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) during the partial government shutdown. Insurers could still pay claims on existing policies that are not up for renewal during the shutdown.
As a result of this announcement, you could have several difficulties if your home requires flood insurance.
If you or anyone you know is in the process of buying a home that needs flood insurance, please contact your insurance agent AND bank to ensure that you will be able to close on your home and get the necessary insurance for your home. If you currently own a home that requires flood insurance contact your insurance company immediately to see if you are affected by the FEMA announcement.