FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Earning Points Towards Savings: Charleston County's CRS Efforts Pay Off for Residents   [open pdf - 190KB]

This document is part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Best Practices Portfolio. "The FEMA Best Practices Portfolio consists of mitigation stories submitted by individuals and communities that describe measures they have taken to reduce the loss of life and property from disasters. These Best Practices are meant to provide ideas and concepts about reducing losses and to encourage others to evaluate their own risk and consider mitigation as a long-term solution to reducing that risk." This Best Practice Story is about flood mitigation efforts in Charleston County, South Carolina. "Carl Simmons is the Director of Building Services for unincorporated Charleston County, and he is on a mission. Simmons leads the effort to ensure that property owners in his community benefit from the Community Rating System (CRS), a program initiated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) in 1990. The CRS was designed to reward property owners in NFIP participating communities by offering reductions in the costs of their flood insurance premiums. Built on a ranking system, participating communities earn points for performing a variety of activities, some as simple as providing educational materials to the public all the way up to undertaking complex flood mitigation actions."

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