Thursday, May 8, 2014
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH – St. John the Baptist Parish recently received notification of compliance with its administration of the local National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) following several Community Assistance Visits (CAVs) byFEMA. The CAV was initiated June 15, 2011 by FEMA’s Louisiana Recovery Office in New Orleans.
The CAV is a major component of the NFIP’s Community Assistance Program (CAP) which involves visits to communities by FEMA staff members or State agencies on behalf of FEMA. The visits serve a dual purpose of providing technical assistance to the community and assuring the community is adequately enforcing its floodplain management regulations. During these visits, FEMA toured the floodplain, reviewed documentation for 27 development sites, inspected community permits for developments that occurred during 2013 and met with Parish representatives. All permits inspected were in compliance with NFIP guidelines, which allows St. John the Baptist Parish to continue to participate in the program.
Currently there are 7,193 NFIP policies in St. John Parish, with an average annual premium of $691.00, providing approximately $1.9 Billion in flood insurance coverage. The average premium amount reflects a 10 percent discount resulting from the parish’s participation in the NFIP’s Community Rating System (CRS). “We commend the parish for its CRS activities which are above and beyond the minimum requirements of NFIP participation and for filling a position designated as the Floodplain Administrator for the parish,” said Frank Pagano, FEMA Mitigation Division Director.
The new Floodplain Administrator will inspect properties in the floodplain areas, provide outreach for public education, and assist with the management of grant programs. These activities are designed to keep St. John in good standing with FEMA, thus continuing the discounted flood insurance premiums. “I am extremely pleased with our staff’s efforts over the past few years in successfully managing the permit process and record keeping requirements for properties developed in the Floodplain. It is critical that all property owners contact the Planning and Zoning office regarding permits before building or installing new structures on their property to ensure compliance with NFIP guidelines,” said Angelic Sutherland, St. John the Baptist Director of Planning and Zoning.