Is Your County Under Water? Understanding the National Flood Insurance Program “Community Rating System”

Courtesy of the Maryland Department of the Environment

The passage of Biggert Waters 2012 and Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 revised federal flood insurance law, creating opportunities for cost-savings. The National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System (CRS) is one of the actions a community can take, on behalf of their residents and business owners, to lower flood insurance costs. Panelists in this session will discuss what activities are creditable under the CRS, the role of county officials, and how counties apply for CRS. Only 5% of all National Flood Insurance Program communities belong to CRS, but even those not currently enrolled in the program can take away great ideas on floodplain management and risk reduction within their communities.

Kevin Wagner, Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM), State National Flood Insurance Program Coordinating Office, Maryland Department of the Environment and Mari Radford, CFM, Community Rating System Coordinator, Federal Emergency Management Agency Region 3 will discuss this new program at MACo’s Summer Conference in Ocean City, Maryland. This session will be held on Thursday, August 14, 2014 from 2-3 pm.

Learn more about MACo’s 2014 Summer Conference:

Contact Meetings & Events Director Virginia White with questions about Summer Conference.

For more information on flooding in Maryland, see our previous post on Conduit Street, Proposed FEMA Floodplain Map Includes 61 Percent of Somerset County.