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Free Flood Insurance Webinar Thursday

Businesses and streets in downtown Manteo are inundated Oct. 11, 2018, by storm surge associated with Tropical Storm Michael, which receded fairly quickly after catching many off guard. Photo: Cory Hemilright

Dare County Planning Department is hosting a free webinar at 5:30 p.m. Thursday for homeowners with questions about flood insurance coverage.

During the webinar, new laws that affect flood insurance policies and mitigation steps that can be taken to reduce the cost of premiums will be addressed, real homeowner examples will be shared, and there will be a Q&A session at the end of the webinar, according to the county.

Register online to attend the free flood insurance webinar. One-on-one sessions can be scheduled to review individual cases for those unable to attend the webinar.

Dare County and the towns of Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head and Manteo are hosting the webinar that will be conducted by staff members from SmartVent.

Organizers recommend that participants have their flood insurance policy and elevation certificate on hand during the webinar. Hosts will review elevation certificates and educate property owners on how to read these documents properly. Request a copy of your elevation certificate by emailing

Dare County is one of more than 1,500 communities nationwide that participate in the Community Rating System, or CRS, a voluntary incentive program that encourages community floodplain management practices that exceed the minimum requirements of the National Flood Insurance Program, according to the county. Participating communities are recognized with discounts on flood insurance policies for implementing activities within the community that promote flood hazard awareness and mitigate flood losses. Dare County has participated in the CRS program since it was created in 1992.

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