The Virginia Flood Management Association (VFMA) is a state chapter of the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM). Each fall, VFMA holds two workshops which provide updates on floodplain management regulations and information pertinent to Virginia’s floodplain management programs. Look out for VFMA’s next round of workshops which should be held in October 2018.
This year’s focus – the Community Rating System (CRS). CRS is a voluntary program that encourages participants to go beyond the minimum requirements of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) regulations. Based upon their level of participation in the program, communities receive a CRS rating which can translate into substantial reductions in flood insurance premiums for their residents. In addition, the CRS activities work to increase the community’s resilience, public safety, and protect floodplain natural functions.
So, what’s the catch? Why isn’t every community participating in the CRS program? Time. A lot of communities don’t have staff with enough time and expertise to devote to getting a CRS program up and running. The initial application process to get into the CRS program can be cumbersome and the CRS Manual is over 600 pages! Many localities just don’t know where to start.
Are you interested in starting a CRS program? We can work with you to determine the best approach for your community! Our staff can serve in various positions ranging from Program Coordinator to simply acting as support staff to get your program up and running. What doors can we open for you?