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Date of Issue: January 21, 2009

Anna Maria flood insurance info now online

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Anna Maria building official Bob Welch met with members of the public Jan. 15 in an open house forum to discuss the city's community rating system for flood insurance and provide information on the program. Above, Welch talks with Alice Newlon and former City Commissioner Tom Skoloda. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Although Anna Maria’s open house for residents with building official Bob Welch Jan. 15 to learn more about the Federal Emergency Management Agency Community Rating System for flood insurance drew a sparse crowd, there’s good news for residents interested in what’s happening to their flood insurance premiums.

FEMA, which directs the National Flood Insurance Program/Community Rating System, now has the quarterly NFIP/CRS update available and people can subscribe by e-mail.

To become a subscriber to the publication, e-mail NFIPCRS@iso.com. Persons without e-mail access can call 317-848-2898.

In addition, Welch has copies of the update available in his office at city hall.

Welch said the public open house was part of the outreach program of the NFIP.

“We’re trying to give the stakeholders information on the National Flood Insurance Program as far as rules and regulations for insurance rates,” he said.

“If the stakeholders are more informed, they will know when there are changes to the regulations upcoming,” Welch said. “People will know when we have to make changes.”

Welch said the latst NFIP/CRS update has information about a 4-foot height limit on below-grade crawl spaces that might be important to homeowners.

Currently, Anna Maria residents enjoy a 25 percent discount on their flood insurance premiums, courtesy of the city’s CRS rating of Level 5.