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Jersey Village joins Community Rating System

Recently the City of Jersey Village received notice that we have officially been accepted into the Community Rating System (CRS) Program.

The City received formal notification of this in a letter from William Lesser, the CRS Coordinator for the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration. The letter stated the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), has verified that the voluntary actions undertaken by Jersey Village exceed the minimum standards of the NFIP and meet the criteria for a CRS Class 7 rating. The floodplain management activities implemented by Jersey Village qualify it for a 15 percent discount on the cost of flood insurance premiums for NFIP policies issued or renewed in Special Flood Hazard Areas on or after May 1, 2020. This savings is a tangible result of the flood mitigation activities your community implements to protect lives and reduce property damage.

This notification caps off several months of hard work by city staff to participate in the program. Some of the activities the City has implemented for credit in this program include:

  • Outreach projects that include social media posts, newsletters, and utility billing inserts, and priority audience messages that include letters to residents in the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) and Repetitive Loss Areas. These projects are disseminated annually. Credit is also provided for having a pre-flood plan for public information. 
  • Documents relating to floodplain management are available in the reference section of the Harris County Public Library. Credit is also provided for floodplain information displayed on the community’s website.
  • The City also receives credit for enforcing regulations that require development limitations, freeboard for new and substantial improvement construction, foundation protection, and local drainage protection. Credit is also provided for the enforcement of building codes, a Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule (BCEGS) Classification of 4/4, and regulations administration. 

The City will continue these efforts on an annual basis to continue to provide flood plain management, which allows residents to see a savings on their flood insurance premiums.

For questions on the CRS Program reach out to Christian Somers, the CRS Coordinator for Jersey Village, or Austin Bleess, City Manager.