CRS communities are awarded points for their local floodplain management activities that exceed the NFIP minimum standards. Communities are placed into classes ranging from Class 10 (lowest class) to Class 1 (highest class) based on the total number of points accrued and other specific CRS requirements. All participating communities start out as a Class 10, which offers no flood insurance premium discount, and each class increase results in an additional 5% premium discount. A community attaining a Class 1 CRS rating is awarded a 45% discount in flood insurance premiums.
The CRS program contains 18 groups of activities under which Pinellas Park can acquire credit, and these groups are organized under four overarching categories: public information, mapping and regulations, flood damage reduction, and flood preparedness.
Examples of these activities include:
Maintaining information on FEMA elevation certificates and making them available to the public;
Maintaining and providing information on flood insurance rate maps;
Providing information on flood insurance purchase requirements;
Conducting outreach to flood plain property owners through the mailing of a flood awareness brochures and face to face activities such as booths at community festivals;
Making floodplain information available through public libraries and a website;
Providing flood protection assistance to property owners through walk-in inquiries at the building department and customer information bulletins;
Regulate development to address flooding issues;
Implementation of a multi-year program of capital improvements to better manage stormwater;
Has purchased properties and removed structures to reduce flood hazards;
CRS credit is also provided based upon the City’s inspection and maintenance program of its drainage system.