Too often flood protection decisions are made quickly, with inadequate or outdated
information or without considering all possible mitigation alternatives or the consequences
of those alternatives. As a result, the community’s resources are not allocated most
appropriately, flood problems may not be fully addressed, and natural floodplain functions
may suffer.
To remedy this situation, a careful, systematic process of planning is recommended, and
may be credited by this activity. The Community Rating System (CRS) does not specify
what activities a plan must recommend; rather, it recognizes plans that have been prepared
according to the standard planning process explained in this activity.
Benefits: A well-prepared plan will
• Identify existing and future flood-related hazards and their causes;
• Ensure that a comprehensive review of all possible activities and mitigation measures
is conducted so that the most appropriate solutions will be implemented to address
the hazard;
• Ensure that the recommended activities meet the goals and objectives of the
community, are in coordination with land use and comprehensive planning, do not
create conflicts with other activities, and are coordinated so that the costs of
implementing individual activities are reduced;
• Ensure that the criteria used in community land use and development programs
account for the hazards faced by existing and new development;
• Educate residents and property owners about the hazards, loss reduction measures,
and the natural and beneficial functions of floodplains;
• Build public and political support for activities and projects that prevent new
problems, reduce losses, and protect the natural and beneficial functions of
floodplains; and
• Build a constituency that wants to see the plan’s recommendations implemented.Floodplain Management Plan (CRS 510 Plan)

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1. What else can I do to prevent my house from flooding?
2. What is the difference between a Flood watch and Flood warning?
3. How do ponds prevent flooding?
4. What is the difference between a Retention Pond and a Detention Pond?
5. What is compensatory Storage?
6. Why can’t hydrostatic vents be used in the VE zone?
7. What are some of the main construction tips for the different zones?
8. How can I remove my property from the Floodplain?
9. What are benchmark, datum, and datum types?
10. I live in a low-risk flood zone. Do I really need flood insurance?
11. What is the Substantial Damage | Substantial Improved (SD/SI) aka “50% Rule” and Pre FIRM?
12. What is the Coastal Barrier Resources System (CBRS)?
13. What are the different Flood Zones and Risks?
14. What is a Freeboard?
15. What is the difference between Base Flood Elevation (BFE) and Design Base Flood Elevation (DBFE)?
16. What is a 100 year or 500 year storm event?
17. What is the Community Rating System (CRS)?
18. What is Increase Cost of Compliance (ICC)?
19. What is the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)?
20. What is the difference between the “Floodplain” and the “Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA)”?
21. What is the City of Savannah’s Community Number?
22. Do marshes and other vegetation prevent flooding?
23. What is the Preferred Risk Policy (PRP)?
24. Is flood damage from wind-driven rain covered?
25. Can “north-eastern” winds affect flooding?
26. If I live in a flood zone but my finish floor is above the BFE, do I still need flood insurance?
27. Can I get flood insurance if I do not live in a High Risk Area?
28. Can I get flood insurance if I'm renting a property?
29. What types of property may be insured against flood loss?
30. Does my policy go into effect once a payment is made?
31. What is Flood Insurance?
32. What causes flooding in Savannah?
34. What is the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) used for?
35. Where can I get More Information?
36. How do I know if I am at risk of flooding?
37. What kinds of property are not insurable under the NFIP?
38. What are FIRM Panels and how many are there?
39. What is the purpose of an Elevation Certificate?