James City County Rated One of the Safest for Flooding by FEMA
N E W S R E L E A S E
December 15, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jody Puckett, James City County Communications Director
Phone: (757) 253-6605
When it comes to future flooding events, James City County is recognized as one of only twelve better prepared Virginia localities, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Since the County went above and beyond what is required through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), residents are not only safer but can also qualify for a reduction in their NFIP homeowners insurance – an average of $41 annually - which could amount to over $38,000 in combined annual savings for County residents with flood insurance policies.
At the December 14 Board of Supervisors meeting, FEMA representatives formally recognized the County for achieving a Class 8 rating on the NFIP’s Community Rating System (CRS) scale. The CRS Program is comprised of 10 different class rating levels based on the number and types of activities voluntarily initiated by the locality. Participating communities receive flood insurance premium discounts ranging from 5 to 45 percent. A combination of activities that include public education, regulation enforcement and data maintenance contributed towards the County’s improved rating. As long as the County remains in compliance, the rating and discount will be renewed annually.
Throughout the United States, there are over 21,000 communities participating in FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program, with 285 of them located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Each participating community must meet certain minimum criteria in order to gain and maintain its basic NFIP participation status.
Nationally, a relative handful (approximately 5 percent) of these communities chooses to go above and beyond the minimum requirements for NFIP participation. These additional efforts and activities result in a community that is both safer and better prepared for future flooding events.
FEMA representatives present James City County staff with the Class 8 CRS rating. Standing left to right: County General Services Manager, John Horne; County Stormwater Management Director, Fran Geissler; County Stormwater Management Engineer, Daryl Cook; FEMA Insurance Specialist, Richard Sobota; County Development Management Assistant, Cheryl Waldren; and, Virginia Department of Conservation & Recreation Floodplain Program Engineer, Charley Banks.