Stafford Earns Savings for Citizens
Stafford, VA – Stafford County received word from the United States Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency that its continued efforts at floodplain management will result in a county-wide savings of $195,935 over the next five years for citizens with flood insurance policies. FEMA upgraded Stafford’s rating in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Community Rating System due to Stafford’s voluntary compliance with the program.
“Our number one goal is the safety of our citizens. We also want to be good stewards of our environment. By improving stormwater management, we accomplish both,” said Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Paul Milde, Aquia District. “I’m pleased that our efforts have been recognized by the Department of Homeland Security and even more proud of our Board and our staff for saving the taxpayers their hard earned dollars.”
The goal of the program is to enable localities to lead their communities to be more disaster resistant. The activities required help enhance public safety, protect property and the natural functions of floodplains and reduce flood insurance premiums.
Stafford is now rated a Class 7 in the NFIP Community Rating System. The upgrade is good for five years as long as Stafford participates in the program. Twenty-five Virginia communities participate in the program and only a handful of communities rate higher than Stafford County. Residents with flood insurance policies for Special Flood Hazard Areas are eligible for the discount. The average annual savings is a total of $39,187 county-wide for this year.
Stafford will be reviewed again in five years. In the interim, Stafford disseminates information yearly to keep citizens informed on best practices for living in floodplains.