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Welcome to Cordova

Situated in the southeastern end of Prince William Sound, the Alaskan City of Cordova is quickly emerging as one of America's best places to live, work, play, and visit.

Click Here to read the May 2014 Harbor Newsletter.

Terry Bradshaw highlights Cordova! Click here to watch the Today in America feature video.

An Open Letter from the City Manager

The staff at City Hall appreciate the kind words of inspiration and recognition for the efforts to clean the city.  The streets are being swept, right of ways cleared,  city cemeteries cleaned, streets and curbs marked, guard rails painted, and tons of trash picked up.  But it hasn't just been city employees, but Cordovans of all ages. 

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A Little Insurance Goes A Long Way

One of the ways that Cordovans can prepare for emergencies is by being proactive with regards to the potential hazards we face. A great example of this proactive idea, mitigation, is insurance against those potential hazards.

Do you have Flood Insurance or Earthquake Insurance for your Home or Property? All property owners in Cordova can get flood coverage! Yes, everyone can get up to $250,000 of coverage for structures. Homeowners can get it. Renters can get it. And business owners can get it. If you currently do not have flood insurance, and you live in an area prone to floods, it may be worth your time to investigate. Call a qualified insurance company or broker …or search online at www.floodsmart.gov . Be sure to ask for a “National Flood Insurance Policy”.

The City of Cordova has an ordinance for flood damage prevention, Chapter 19.04. That chapter describes the City’s intent to be proactive with regards to flood hazard areas. The areas of special flood hazard identified by the Federal Insurance Administration in a scientific and engineering report entitled "The Flood Insurance Study for the City of Cordova," dated April 2, 1979 (with accompanying Flood Insurance Maps) is adopted by reference and declared to be a part of the chapter. The Flood Insurance Study is on file at City Hall.

Earthquake insurance is another consideration. It is important to note that standard homeowners insurance does not cover damage and destruction that happens as a result of an earthquake - and many fire insurance policies do not cover the fires resulting from earthquakes! As a point of interest, there was an earthquake in California in 1989 that caused 6 billion dollars in damage…and only 16% of that was covered by insurance. It was the Loma Prieta earthquake.

Only 1 out of 3 households in Alaska have earthquake insurance. Most of those are added on to the standard insurance as endorsements. Typically, there is a deductible of 10% of the value of the home. So, if your home is currently insured for $100,000…you would have to pay $10,000 in damages before the insurance company would pay anything. Separate deductibles typically apply to home contents and structure…and the base cost of earthquake insurance will depend upon a variety of factors. If you live in a home built of bricks, the insurance company sees that as a higher risk…thus you pay more.

This information on earthquake insurance was found in the outstanding earthquake resource entitled “Are you prepared for the next big Earthquake in Alaska?” And, of course, the best place to get more information on earthquake insurance is from your insurance agent. Think about mitigation. Be prudent. Be ready. Be prepared.

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