NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – New Hanover County residents can learn about the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and ways to prepare property so it qualifies for flood insurance discounts at an information session on Wednesday, August 14, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Development Services Center of the New Hanover County Government Center, 230 Government Center Dr., Wilmington.
New Hanover County co-hosts this information session annually with Flood Risk Evaluator to provide residents the opportunity to learn about laws and regulations that could affect flood insurance policies. Residents can also talk one-on-one with a certified floodplain manager to review steps to lower flood insurance premiums. If able, residents should bring their elevation certificate and their current flood insurance policy.
“As we enter peak hurricane season, it is important to be informed and knowledgeable about your flood insurance policy,” said New Hanover County Planning Manager Ken Vafier. “This information session can help residents know how to prepare their property to decrease their flood risks and be insured appropriately.”
This annual event is part of the county’s Community Rating System outreach and education efforts. The NFIP’s Community Rating System is a voluntary incentive program that recognizes community floodplain management activities that exceed the minimum NFIP requirements. Last year, New Hanover County’s rating through the NFIP Community Rating System improved from a Class 8 to a Class 7, meaning eligible homeowners in the unincorporated areas of the county received an additional 5 percent discount on flood insurance premiums in FEMA designated Special Flood Hazard Areas.
Residents in the unincorporated areas of the county may contact the Planning and Land Use Department to verify if an elevation certificate is on file for their property. For more information, call 910-798-7165.