Municipal Assistance for FEMA’s Community Rating System

Resilient Connecticut
Webinar Series

Overview of FEMA’s Community Rating System as a Resilience Tool
January 16, 2020
10 – 11 am

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Webinar Overview

During this webinar, participants learned about:

  • FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) in Connecticut;
  • How the CRS program could increase local resiliency;
  • Real examples of actions Connecticut towns have taken to enter or ‘level-up’ in the CRS program.

Webinar Description

Learn about the CIRCA-funded project, “Municipal Assistance for FEMA’s Community Rating System,” completed by Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and Milone & MacBroom Inc.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) administers the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to provide flood insurance within communities that adopt and enforce floodplain regulations. Communities may choose to enter into the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System (CRS) in order to reduce the cost of flood insurance premiums for their property owners. Communities participating in the CRS Program go above and beyond the minimum standards and, depending on their level of mitigation efforts, can garner insurance premium reductions from 5-45%.

In response to the rising interest in the CRS program, CIRCA allocated funding to support communities with CRS entry and class advancement. CIRCA partnered with CT DEEP staff to advise Milone & MacBroom about which municipalities could benefit and take advantage of CRS technical assistance. As a result of this funding opportunity, participating communities were able to work toward increased CRS points and advance their CRS rating or enter the program, which will ultimately reap the benefit of lower flood insurance premiums on a community wide basis. Examples of such communities will be given throughout the webinar, along with transferable information for a municipality seeking CRS points.

Webinar Recording

Webinar Presenters & Moderator

  • Diane Ifkovic, State NFIP Coordinator at CT DEEP Presentation
  • David Murphy, Manager of Water Resources Planning at Milone & MacBroom Presentation
  • Joanna Wozniak-Brown, Senior Resilience Planner at CIRCA


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This webinar is part of a regular series hosted by CIRCA and involving different partners & organizations. These webinars will be available to watch live with opportunity for Q&A and a recording will be posted shortly following the event.

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Funding for this webinar presentation is provided by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development through the Community Block Grant National Disaster Recovery Program, as administered by the State of Connecticut, Department of Housing.