Mayor John G. Ducey is proud to announce that Brick Township was recently improved to a Class 5 community in the National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System. The improvement is a result of the Township’s floodplain management efforts. The improvement will give a 25% discount to residents who are paying flood insurance premiums up from the previous 20%.

“Getting Brick Township into the Community Rating System was an enormous accomplishment. We have many homeowners in Brick Township who have to pay flood insurance and our staff worked hard to make sure we met the requirements of the program,” said Mayor Ducey. “They did not stop working to find ways to improve our rating and help those homeowners save even more money on their flood insurance.”

The Township was originally entered into the Program as a CRS Class 6 community in 2016. The improvement to a Class 5 community increases the discount that residents who pay flood insurance premiums will ultimately receive to 25%.

The National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System was implemented in 1990 as a voluntary program for recognizing and encouraging community floodplain management activities exceeding the minimizing NFIP standards. Under the CRS, flood insurance premiums rates are discounted to required community actions that reduce flood damage to insurable properties, strengthen and support the insurance aspects of the NFIP and encourage a comprehensive approach to floodplain management.

Since achieving a Class 6 CRS Community in the National Flood Insurance Program in 2016, the Township Floodplain Management Planning Committee has worked with the Divisions of Land Use Planning and Engineering Division to improve the Township’s processes and procedures to improve to a Class Rating 5. This improvement was achieved by implementing new programs, completing new studies such as Flood Warning and Response Plan, increasing open space preservation in the floodplain and documenting compliance with Floodplain regulations. Most notably, the Township has reduced the number of non-compliant repetitive loss properties from 102 to 68.

“The improvement in our rating is a reflection on the dedication and knowledge of our staff, particularly our Land Use and Engineering Staff,” said Mayor Ducey. “I commend them for their efforts and I am confident they will continue to work to earn more credits and hopefully improve our rating even further.”