Outdoor events can be risky. Not only do they require a bit more management than those events that take place indoors, but many things can occur that can cause these events to be cancelled. One of the hardest to predict is the weather, yet it is also one of the most common causes of event cancellation. If you want to have an outdoor event without wondering whether or not it will be able to take place, you should take the time to understand how weather insurance can help.
A Separate Policy
One of the most common misconceptions about weather insurance is that it is included in most event policies. While you may think that your current policy takes care of every conceivable problem, you should take the time to read the contract more carefully. Weather coverage is almost always a separate policy, and for good reason – it is a specialized kind of coverage that requires its own terms and specifications. If you want to make sure that your outdoor event is not a total loss due to the presence of a bit of precipitation, you should make sure that you actually have a weather policy.
The Specifics Matter
Weather policies are often very specific. A policy that covers an outdoor event, for example, will specify exactly what constitutes “bad weather” for purposes of reimbursement. This is entirely reasonable, of course, as failure to do so would open the door to wide-spread fraud. Most policies will specify that precipitation must reach a specific level during the hours of the event, and most will also specify whether or not the event itself would have to be completely closed in order for the policy to trigger. It is always wise to speak to an agent to figure out exactly when your policy will pay out.
Not Always at Home
Finally, you should take the time to make sure that you know exactly how your weather policy determines whether or not it will pay out. Your policy may only apply if it rains more than two inches, but it is important that you specify where this rain will fall. An event in a small town might specify that the area of coverage is at the nearest airport, leading to situations in which no coverage is available even after an event has been forced to be cancelled. If you do sign a weather insurance contract, you should make sure that it will provide you coverage when and where you need it.
It is always important to understand weather insurance if you want to have any kind of outdoor event. You need to not only understand whether or not you have coverage, but you need to know how and when your coverage will work. A good insurance agent can always help you to understand your policy, and a bit of work can help you to get the best coverage possible. You should never try to go without coverage, but this should never mean getting coverage that you do not understand.