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Miami Beach, Florida 33139
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Program for Public Information (PPI) Committee


The goals of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's ("FEMA") National Flood Insurance Program ("NFIP") are to provide flood insurance to property owners, to encourage flood loss reduction activities by communities, and to save taxpayers' money.

The City of Miami Beach participates in the NFIP and the Community Rating System ("CRS"), a voluntary program that provides both incentives and tools to further these goals.

Participation in the CRS saves residents money by reducing flood insurance premiums.

The Program for Public Information ("PPI") provides activity points to improve the City's CRS score, which in turn helps to reduce flood insurance premiums.

An ad hoc advisory Resiliency Communications Committee was first created per Resolution No. 2016-29585 to serve as a PPI Committee from October 1, 2016 through October 1, 2017, and has been renewed every year since.

The latest advisory ad hoc Program for Public Information Committee was created pursuant to Resolution 2021- 31936, and will expire on December 31, 2022.

A PPI was developed by the initial ad hoc PPI Committee, according to a seven-step planning and public involvement process, defined by the CRS Program, and the PPI was adopted by the Mayor and City Commission per Resolution No. 2017- 29771.

Membership criteria for a PPI Committee is specified by CRS and must include: real estate agent(s), insurance agent(s), banking industry representative(s), the City's Floodplain Manager, and a Communications Department representative, and at least half of the Committee's members must be from outside the local government.

A new Program for Public Information Plan is required every five years, and on June 16, 2022 the Committee approved the new 2022 PPI to be transmitted to City Commission.

On July 20, 2022, the Mayor and City Commission adopted the Program for Public Information Plan via Resolution No. 2022-32216.

The City Manager recommends that the Mayor and City Commission accept the 2022 Report, attached to this Resolution as Exhibit A.

The members of the new ad hoc advisory PPI Committee (the Committee") shall be as follows: The City's Communications Director; the City's Floodplain Manager; Scott Diffenderfer, as real estate agent; Carlos Gutierrez, a real estate agent; Alex Carrasco, a local bank representative; and John Lee, a local insurance agent.

The membership term on the new ad hoc Committee shall commence on January 1, 2023 and expire on December 31, 2023, subject to earlier or later sunset by the City Commission. City Liaison: Amy Knowles

PPI Committee Overview

The Program for Public Information (PPI) Committee is tasked with identifying communication projects that reduce flood risk and increase flood awareness. The Committee works together to create the PPI Plan and yearly updates. This not only shows activities conducted for flood awareness but also demonstrates the impact that outreach projects have on the community. The annual report allows the Committee to keep track of the plan’s outcomes, celebrate achievements, identify areas of improvement and continue planning for the future.

In 2017, the City of Miami Beach completed the Program for Public Information (PPI), referred to as the Resiliency Communications Plan at the time, through FEMA’s Community Rating System (CRS). Since then, the Program for Public Information (PPI) Committee has met to monitor and evaluate the status of projects and outcomes. City staff conducted outreach projects and other CRS activities, collected data on implementation and measures. In 2022, the Committee created a new, five-year Program for Public Information.

PPI Committee 2022

The Program for Public Information (PPI) Committee, made up of private and public stakeholders, guides the Program for Public Information (PPI).

Name Title
Melissa Berthier Communications Director, City of Miami Beach
John J. Lee Vice President, First Service Financial
Scott Diffenderfer Broker Associate President, Belle Isle Residents Association
Carlos Gutierrez Broker Associate, Coldwell Banker
2016 President Miami Association of Realtors
Mohsen Jarahpour Floodplain Manager, City of Miami Beach
Alex Carrasco Vice President/Private Banking Relationship Manager


PPI Plan

The Program for Public Information Plan was developed in 2017 to help reduce flood risk and the cost of national flood insurance premiums for residents and businesses. The plan is updated every year to highlight the progress made toward desired outcomes, review project implementation status and propose recommendations for improvement. In 2022, the Committee created a new, five-year Program for Public Information.

The plan and annual report are part of the Community Rating System (CRS) requirements, a voluntary program under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) allowing communities to earn flood insurance discounts.

Miami Beach pursued an aggressive goal to improve its CRS ranking from a Class 6 to a Class 5 and was officially awarded the new score in 2019.  In 2022, the City received formal notice that its Class 5 rating was officially recertified. With this score, the City continues to receive a 25% discount which totals $8.6 million in savings annually. This helps offset increasing federal rates.

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