Reduce National Flood Insurance Premiums by Participating in the NFIP Community Rating System

Written by Long Island News & PR  |  18. March 2015

Rockville Center, NY - March 18, 2015 - The Sustainability Institute at Molloy College's Suffolk Center is hosting an in-person and webinar discussion about how the NFIP Community Rating System might apply to their community on March 23.  
The federal government makes flood insurance available through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) when a community adopts and enforces floodplain management ordinances.
The NFIP Community Rating System (CRS) is an incentive program that encourages communities to exceed the minimum NFIP standards for development in the floodplain. Communities in compliance with the minimum NFIP floodplain management requirements may apply to join the CRS.
The CRS provides flood insurance premium discounts for property owners of 5-45% in communities that provide floodplain management activities beyond the minimum requirements in four categories: public information, mapping and regulations, flood damage reduction, and warning and response. A participating community accrues points with the completion of each approved activity and points may be awarded retroactively for improvements implemented prior to enrolling in the CRS program. A community may even be awarded points for compliance with regulations put in place by New York State!
Long Island’s Climate Smart Community Coordinators are creating a CRS users group for Long Island. Please attend the inaugural meeting on March 23, 2015. FEMA’s CRS regional representative will be in attendance to answer enrollment and other CRS questions. Representatives from CRS enrolled communities and one that just applied will discuss their experiences, as well.
The new Long Island CRS users group will help current and future CRS program participants advance their community’s ratings and share ideas and experiences. The Long Island CRS users group will be a forum for communities and Long Island’s CRS FEMA representative to discuss the challenges met and successes achieved by Long Island communities.
Please let us know how many representatives from your municipality will attend.  Contact Sarah Oral, interim CRS Users Group Coordinator and Climate Smart Communities representative, at soral@cameronengineering.com or at 516-224-5237.
Although this is a meeting of Nassau and Suffolk county municipalities, representatives of local governments in other areas are welcome to participate via WebEx to hear how the CRS program might apply to their communities.
WebEx information:
Topic: Community Rating System 
Date: Monday, March 23, 2015 
Time: 8:00 am, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00) 
Meeting Number: 646 790 516 
Meeting Password: Flood1 
To join the online meeting (Now from mobile devices!) 
1. Go to meeting room.  
2. If requested, enter your name and email address. 
3. If a password is required, enter the meeting password: Flood1 
4. Click "Join".


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