New Haven receives national award for hurricane preparedness

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)–The city of New Haven has been hard at work, rebuilding and preparing for future storms after hurricanes Sandy and Irene.

On Tuesday, the city was recognized for those efforts. FEMA has awarded New Haven with a Class 7 rating in the community rating system program. The rating is for cities whose floodplains exceed the minimum standards of the National Flood Insurance program.

This is good news for residents, as FEMA estimates that having this rating would save the average homeowner 15 percent on the National Flood Insurance Program portion of insurance.

New Haven is one of nine communities in the state to participate in the program.

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