Kathy Welsh

Kathy Welsh

MILLBROOK – Cornell Cooperative Extension will hold a forum introducing communities to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Community Rating System (CRS) program on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at the Roosevelt Fire District Building, 830 Violet Avenue, Hyde Park.

The workshop will provide an overview of the program, including its benefits and how to determine if the program is a good fit for your community, how to enroll in the program, and discussion of flood adaptation and mitigation actions communities can undertake to improve their flood resiliency. Certificates of attendance for municipal training credit will be provided. 

In addition to learning about important elements of FEMA’s Community Rating System program, presentations will also include case studies from communities that are participating in the Community Rating System as part of their strategy to become more resilient to flooding and protect the health and safety of their community.

This forum will also highlight the New York State Climate Smart Communities (CSC) Certification program, which supports municipalities as they plan and carry out climate-friendly actions that match community goals and save taxpayer dollars. Actions communities take to become certified within the CSC program can overlap with activities communities receive credit for under the Community Rating System, thus allowing communities to benefit from both programs.

Communities are saving tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars annually and reducing their flood risk by participating in the Community Rating System, a program within the FEMA National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The CRS rewards communities that go beyond the minimum requirements of the NFIP, providing a discount on flood insurance premiums for a community based on its CRS class.

The Community Rating System encourages communities to undertake actions which will reduce their vulnerability to flooding to receive points in the program. Actions taken can improve a community’s ability to prevent and recover from flood loss, and to afford flood insurance.

Over 170 New York municipalities have made the decision to engage their citizens in energy efficiency, renewable energy and the green economy through the ten program elements in the Climate Smart Communities Pledge. The CSC Certification program provides a framework to guide communities’ climate actions while also providing recognition for their leadership. There are over 120 individual actions communities can take to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change while simultaneously earning points in the program.

This workshop is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Certificates of attendance for municipal training credit will be provided. For more information, contact Camille Marcotte at ctm78@cornell.edu or (845) 677-8223, ext. 138. Register online at: www.crs1.eventbrite.com.

This forum is part of the Hudson Estuary Watershed Resiliency Project, a program of Cornell University and Cornell Cooperative Extension in partnership with the NYS Water Resource Institute and the NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program, with support from the NYS Environmental Protection Fund. For more information, visit www.hudsonestuaryresilience.net.


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