PHILADELPHIA – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is proud to announce the presentation of the National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP) Community Rating System Award for Excellence to Mr. Ken Evans of Gloucester County, Virginia. Mr. Evans is being honored for, among other activities, his energetic creation and pursuit of Gloucester County’s Program for Public Information (PPI), which helped the county to reach a Class 6 in the Community Rating System (CRS) and provide a more pronounced flood risk message to Gloucester County. The county is threatened year-round by three major storm events: hurricanes, tropical storms, and nor’easters. Through his efforts, Mr. Evans has helped to promote flood mitigation efforts, increase flood insurance coverage, and spread the message and importance of the NFIP to Gloucester County residents. FEMA presented Mr. Evans with his Award for Excellence at a small ceremony on June 5, 2018 in Gloucester County.
The NFIP established the CRS Award for Excellence in 2010 to recognize individuals who have actively advanced the vision of the NFIP and the CRS program, making strides in building their communities resilience. While all CRS communities are taking steps that improve their flood safety and resilience, certain communities stand out for their exceptional efforts to reduce their risk. “The CRS Award for Excellence showcases the outstanding effort individuals have taken to protect their communities from future flooding events,” stated MaryAnn Tierney, FEMA Region III Regional Administrator. “Mr. Evans’ efforts have made Gloucester County a model for flood risk reduction and mitigation, and we are grateful for his work to help his communities be more resilient.” The Award for Excellence recognizes those outstanding individuals and inspires others to share in the pursuit of excellence.
The CRS Award for Excellence is a competitive, nation-wide award. It acknowledges individuals implementing floodplain management programs that reduce flood damage, and promotes the purchase of flood insurance through the NFIP. For eight years, the CRS Award for Excellence has recognized local professionals who have helped his or her community achieve success within and through the CRS program. As the CRS program continues to grow, FEMA is proud to work with dedicated professionals that make positive impacts on reducing flood risk, enhance insurance coverage, and achieve other resiliency-related goals in their communities.
The CRS is a voluntary incentive program that recognizes and encourages community floodplain management activities that exceed minimum NFIP requirements. The program includes 10 different class rating levels based on the number and type of activities voluntarily initiated by the participating community. Each level corresponds to a percentage discount on National Flood Insurance policy premiums within the municipality. Communities can earn a CRS rating by submitting an application explaining the projects they have in place or development. Once the information is verified and approved, FEMA provides flood insurance premium discounts through the NFIP. The amount of a property owner's policy discount is based on the community’s CRS rating.
On behalf of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the NFIP, FEMA thanks Mr. Evans and would like to recognize his ongoing efforts to reduce flood risk in Gloucester County.
For information about flood insurance, property owners should contact their insurance agent, visit www.FEMA.gov/national-flood-insurance-program, or call the NFIP's toll-free information line at
800-427-4661. To learn more about the CRS, visit www.FEMA.gov/national-flood-insurance-program-community-rating-system.
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