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Flood disaster management policy: An analysis of the United States Community Ratings System

By Abdul-Akeem Sadiq and Douglas S. Noonan


Author's manuscript.In 1990 the US Federal Emergency Management Agency created the Community Ratings System (CRS) to engage local governments to enhance community flood resilience. The CRS encourages community flood risk management activities by discounting flood insurance premiums commensurate with the level of flood management measures implemented. Using a national sample of communities, this study empirically identifies factors motivating both communities’ decision to participate and intensity of participation in the CRS. The results indicate that local capacity, flood risk factors, socio-economic characteristics, and political economy factors are significant predictors of CRS participation. Further, factors predicting participation in the CRS differ from factors predicting CRS scores

Topics: disaster management, community resilience, flood insurance, flood risk
Year: 2014
DOI identifier: 10.1080/19390459.2014.963373
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