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National Flood Insurance Program Award

By on July 31, 2017

The Town of Greece received a plaque recognizing their participation in the National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System.

Greece is the only local municipality in Monroe County that participates in the National Flood Insurance Community Rating System Program (CRS), which is a voluntary incentive program managed by the insurance industry and recognized by FEMA.  CRS recognizes communities for enforcing floodplain management activities that exceed the minimum National Flood Insurance Program requirements. There are many benefits to participating in CRS, such as improved public safety, property loss reduction, open space and natural resource protection, and better post-disaster recovery.  CRS credit points are earned for a wide range of floodplain management activities, which are organized under four categories:  (1) Public Information Activities, (2) Mapping and Regulations, (3) Flood Damage Reduction Activities, and (4) Warning and Response.

In 2014, Greece’s participation in the CRS program provided Greece residents within the FEMA Special Flood Hazard Area with a 10% discount on their flood insurance policies due to the Class 8 rating held by the Town of Greece. Town of Greece was officially acknowledged at this year’s annual meeting of the New York State Floodplain and Stormwater Managers Association for advancing the Town’s status in the Community Rating System to Class 7, which is currently the highest rating in New York State. This makes the Town of Greece one of only a small handful of municipalities in New York State to hold the highest rating for its efforts to protect its citizens from losses caused by flooding and notes that the Town has significantly exceeded the requirements for NFIP participation and effective floodplain management.

At the CRS’s Annual User Group Meeting, the Regional Insurance Systems Organization Auditor recognized Greece’s program as the best in New York State, the Northeast, and among the best in the entire Country. Town officials anticipate receiving the Class 6 rating at next year’s meeting. This will put the Town of Greece at what will then be the new highest rating in the State of New York, making the Town the only municipality in the entire State with a Class 6 rating, and providing residents with a 20% discount on their flood insurance.

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