News to Use Podcast Transcript: August 11, 2009


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Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast for August 11, 2009. Coming up, find out about the World Police & Fire Games, coming to Fairfax in 2015; learn how you can go green while helping the county park foundation, and find out how property owners in flood hazard areas will benefit thanks to an improved rating from FEMA.


Let the games begin!  Fairfax County has won the rights to host the 2015 World Police & Fire Games.  The games are an Olympic-style event held biennially throughout the world to promote friendly competition, camaraderie and international relationships among participants.  More than 10,000 emergency personnel from over 60 countries participate in the events. 

Venues all across Fairfax County and the Greater DC area, including George Mason University, the Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy, Fairfax County Regional Parks, the National Mall, Nationals Stadium, Reston Town Center, and Quantico Marine Base, will be home to over 60 different sporting events ranging from traditional competitions like soccer, basketball, tennis, running, and boxing, to events related to the job performance of public safety personnel, including stair climbing, muster, shooting and SWAT exercises. 

It is estimated that the games will have a $35 million benefit for the region’s economy. 
 

If you are a county resident who owns property in a Special Flood Hazard Area, Fairfax County has good news for you. The county has gained an improved rating from the Federal Emergency Management Agency that will save residents about $186,000 annually on their flood insurance premiums.  With this improved rating, residents who have or may obtain flood insurance on properties located in a Special Flood Hazard Area will pay lower premiums for this protection. Special Flood Hazard Areas are high-risk locations that would be inundated by a flood with a one-percent chance of occurring in any given year.

The rating change was effective May 1, 2009. The reduction in flood insurance premiums is automatic.

Fairfax County is one of only two jurisdictions in Virginia that has earned this enhanced rating, from a class 8 to a class 7.  The improved rating is based on several recently completed staff activities, including an educational newsletter that was mailed to 20,000 county residents, and the creation of a flood protection Web site that can be found at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/stormwater/. 
For more information call Stormwater Management at 703-324-5500, TTY 711.


That’s all for this News to Use podcast. Thanks for listening. For more information about the topics in this podcast and for continuous news updates, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news. You may also call 703-FAIRFAX, that’s 703-324-7329, weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. News to Use is produced by the Fairfax County, Virginia, government.  


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