CRS Successes & Lessons Learned
 

ACCOMACK COUNTY, VIRGINIA
In May 2018, Accomack County increased from a Class 8 to a Class 6, with a total of 2,054 points. A Class 6 rating earns policy holders in high risk zones a 20% reduction on their annual flood insurance premium. CRS Coordinator, Tom Brockenbrough, presented to the Coastal VA CRS Workgroup in March 2019 about the ISO review process and resultant credit rating. You can download the powerpoint presentation HERE (begins on page 8). Tom’s top advice and feedback include:

  1. Open Space Preservation (Activity 420) earned the County to greatest number of points. The time invested in documenting open space today will continue to benefit the community into the future because very minimal updates will be required for annual recertification and future cycle visits.

  2. If your ISO reviewer takes a long time to process your review, take advantage of the extra time and complete documentation that could earn more credits and improve your overall score.

  3. Higher Regulatory Standards (Activity 430) earn a lot of points in the CRS Program, but seem to be easier to achieve if you are a smaller, denser community.

  4. Try to keep on top of where you’re not getting the points you feel you deserve so you can challenge those decisions before it’s too late.

  5. Don’t forget about V Zone Certificates!

 

CITY OF PORTSMOUTH, VIRGINIA
In May 2017, the City of Portsmouth increased from a Class 9 to a Class 7 with a total of 1,710 points. A Class 7 rating earns policy holders in high risk zones a 15% reduction on their annual flood insurance premium. CRS Coordinator, Meg Pittenger, presented to the Coastal VA CRS Workgroup in May 2017 about the ISO review process and resultant credit rating. You can download her powerpoint presentation HERE.

Meg's top advice and feedback include:

  1. Organization is critical! Save all documentation submitted to ISO in an organized way.

  2. The CRS program and process is not as complicated as it seems.

  3. Don't spend a lot of time on items with low point values.

  4. The preparation before the cycle visit is important. The pre-phone call and list of information required to submit before the cycle visit is valuable.

  5. "Any time you get over 100 points in an activity it's worthwhile."

 

YORK COUNTY, VIRGINIA
In December 2016 York County increased from a Class 8 to a Class 7 with a total of 1,669 points. A Class 7 rating earns policy holders in high risk zones a 15% reduction on their annual flood insurance premium. CRS Coordinator, Kent Henkle, presented to the Coastal VA CRS Workgroup in January 2017 about the ISO review process and resultant credit rating. You can download his powerpoint presentation HERE.

York County shared many of the maps and documentation submitted to ISO for review. These documents are included below:

General Documentation 
        York County LiMWA Map
         
York County Primary Structures Located in the SFHA Map
        
York County Zone A Map

Open Space Preservation, Activity 420
         York County Open Space North County Area Map
         York County Open Space Seaford Area Map
         York County Open Space Tabb Area Map
         
York County Residential Conservation Zoning Map
         York County Undevelopable Parcels Map

Additional Map Data (AMD), Flood Data Maintenance, Activity 440
         York County Additional Map Data Map (AMD 1 - 8B & 12)
        
York County Additional Map Data Map (AMD 1 - 8B)
         York County Additional Map Data AMD9 Screen Shot

 

 
Tom Brockenbrough, Accomack County, presented on a recent CRS Cycle Visit with ISO

Tom Brockenbrough, Accomack County, presented on a recent CRS Cycle Visit with ISO


Meg Pittenger, City of Portsmouth, presents on a recent CRS Cycle Visit with ISO


Kent Henkle, York County, presents on a recent CRS Cycle Visit with ISO