Linkages with other Municipal Programs
Planning for the future and being prepared is always a good practice for municipalities. It is even better when those preparations can reward your community. Through this online questionnaire, you will find out how your preparedness can be worth valuable points through FEMA's Community Rating System (CRS) and Sustainable Jersey. Also, the outputs provided at the completion of the questionnaire can strengthen local/county all-hazards and emergency operations plans. Ultimately being prepared will save lives and money.
You can find out more about these programs below:
The Community Rating System
The National Flood Insurance Program's (NFIP) Community Rating System (CRS) is a voluntary incentive program that recognizes and encourages community floodplain management activities that exceed the minimum NFIP requirements.
As a result, flood insurance premium rates are discounted to reflect the reduced flood risk resulting from the community actions meeting the three goals of the CRS:
- Reduce flood damage to insurable property;
- Strengthen and support the insurance aspects of the NFIP, and
- Encourage a comprehensive approach to floodplain management.
Sustainable Jersey is a certification program for municipalities in New Jersey that want to go green, save money, and take steps to sustain their quality of life over the long term.
Hazard Mitigation Planning
Mitigation Plans form the foundation for a community's long-term strategy to reduce disaster losses and break the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage. The planning process is as important as the plan itself. It creates a framework for risk-based decision making to reduce damages to lives, property, and the economy from future disasters. Hazard mitigation is sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and their property from hazards.