Georgia DNR Lunch & Learn
FEMAs Elevation Certificate (EC) is an important administrative tool of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Although the EC is no longer required to obtain an insurance policy through the NFIP, most participating communitiesparticularly those participating in the Community Rating System program (CRS)still use them for documenting compliance and making floodplain management decisions, especially for development inside the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA). ECs can also document property details that may qualify the property owner to obtain lower insurance rates in any flood zone.
This year, FEMA released a new version of the EC form with a number of major changes to the form and its instructions to better align with FEMAs new insurance rating methodology. Many of the changes were intended to address common issues and errors that surveyors and community floodplain administrators make when completing the form. The most noticeable change is that there are two new sections, created to enable property owners to document the elevations needed for potential flood insurance savings under FEMA's new rating methodology.
For NFIP communities participating in the CRS Program and for NFIP insurance purposes, this new form must be used starting November 1, 2023. So make sure to NOT miss this timely Lunch & Learn!!
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