The National Flood Insurance Program's (NFIP) Community Rating System (CRS) is a voluntary incentive program that recognizes and encourages community floodplain management activities that exceed the minimum NFIP requirements.

As a result, flood insurance premium rates are discounted to reflect the reduced flood risk resulting from the community actions meeting the three goals of the CRS:

  1. Reduce flood damage to insurable property;
  2. Strengthen and support the insurancpre aspects of the NFIP, and
  3. Encourage a comprehensive approach to floodplain management.

Click here for the FEMA CRS website

Click here for the website

The New Jersey Meadowlands Commission (NJMC) and the Borough are responsible for implementing the CRS Program within each respective agency's land use areas within Little Ferry. The NJMC's CRS information can be found here: Click here for NJMC CRS Information

Look up your Base Flood Elevation (BFE) by clicking here 

Rebuild after Sandy - a fact sheet

Elevation Application Process.pdf

Little Ferry Flood Inundation Map

Directory of local officials who can provide more information:

Construction Official & CRS Coordinator: Click here for contact information

Emergency Management Coordinator: Police Chief Ralph C. Verdi; Click here for contact information

Borough Engineer: Click here for contact information


Links to documents and websites on flood insurance: 


Answers to Questions about the National Flood Insurance Program, FEMA 387, Federal Emergency Management Agency, August 2001. 

Flood Insurance Frequently Asked Questions and the NFIP Answer Desk are at:

Mandatory Purchase of Flood Insurance Guidelines, FEMA-186, Federal Emergency Management Agency, 1999. 

Links to Documents on Protecting a building:
Above the Flood: Elevating Your Floodprone House, FEMA-347, 2000.

Homeowner’s Guide to Retrofitting: Six Ways to Protect Your House from Flooding. FEMA-312, 1998.

Elevated Residential Structures, FEMA-54, 1984.

Coastal Construction Manual, FEMA-55, Third Edition, 2000. 

Protecting Manufactured Homes from Floods and other Hazards

Flood proofing Nonresidential Structures, FEMA-102, 1986.

Design Manual for Retrofitting Flood-prone Residential Structures, FEMA-114, 1986. 

Mitigation of Flood and Erosion Damage to Residential Buildings in Coastal Areas, FEMA-257, 1994.

Protecting Building Utilities From Flood Damage, FEMA-348, 2000. 

Reducing Flood Losses through the International Code Series, FEMA, 2000. 

Reducing Damage from Localized Flooding: A Guide for Communities:

Flood Insurance Premium Refunds - Who Gets Them - click here

Flood Hazard Check Before You Buy (navigate to 340 and download the checklist)

There are three video tapes in FEMA’s “Best Build” series:


Best Build: Constructing a Sound Coastal Home Best Build 2: Construction in a Riverine Floodplain Best Build 3: Protecting a Flood-prone Home


These Army Corps flood proofing publications can be found on the following website or ordered directly from the Corps:

Flood Proofing Systems & Techniques, December 1984. (Out of print and available only via the website.)

  • Flood-Proofing Regulations, EP 1165 3 314, 1992.
  • Flood Proofing Performance—Successes & Failures, 1998.
  • Flood Proofing Techniques, Programs and References, January 1996.
  • Raising and Moving The Slab-On-Grade House, 1990.
  • A Flood Proofing Success Story, September 1993.
  • Flood Proofing: How to Evaluate Your Options, July 1993.
  • Flood Proofing Technology in the Tug Fork Valley, April 1994.
  • Local Flood Proofing Programs, June 1994


Links to documents on community floodplain management or flood hazard mitigation:

Design Guidelines for Flood Damage Reduction, FEMA-15, December 1981.

A Unified National Program for Floodplain Management, FEMA-248, May 1994.

Reducing Losses in High Risk Flood Hazard Areas—A Guidebook for Local Officials, FEMA-116, February 1987.

Floodplain Management in the United States: An Assessment Report, Summary Report, FIA-17, June 1992.

Links to Documents on the natural and beneficial functions of floodplains:
Protecting Floodplain Resources, FEMA-268, September 1995.

USEPA Wetlands Fact Sheets and other types of assistance can be obtained by contacting the EPA’s Wetlands Information Hotline at 1-800-832-7828 or The fact sheets can also be downloaded from