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The Community Rating System (CRS) sends the CRS Update newsletter throughout the year with updates on the program. To start receiving the CRS Update, send an email to

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) established the Community Rating System (CRS) Award for Excellence in 2010 to recognize individuals who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in promoting flood insurance and advancing floodplain management and mitigation. The award is intended to raise awareness and mutual support for flood insurance and mitigation between local government officials and insurance agents in the community.

Announcements seeking nominations for the annual award are posted on the CRS website in November or December of each year.

Nominee qualifications
Nomination form
Past recipients of the CRS Award for Excellence

Nominee Qualifications

The CRS Award for Excellence seeks to honor individuals who are:

  • Involved in a CRS community and knowledgeable about the potential risk of local flooding.
  • Promoting the use of flood insurance as a key tool in helping individuals prepare for the contingency of flood damage to their properties.
  • Encouraging community leaders to continually improve the community's safety and resilience related to flooding and other disasters.
  • Successful in efforts to alert residents and businesses to potential flood dangers and promote the purchase of flood insurance.

Past Recipients

Past recipients of the Community Rating System (CRS) Award for Excellence:

2010 William H. White, White and Re Agency, Freeport, NY

2011 Beverly Collings, Building and Zoning Administrator, Grand Forks, ND

2012 Romin Khavari, City Engineer, Grand Prairie, TX

2013 Michael Sutfin, CFM, Building Official and Floodplain Manager, Ottawa, IL

CRS Training Courses

Community Rating System (CRS) training opportunities are offered throughout the year at the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA's) Emergency Management Institute (EMI) and at field-deployed locations. New CRS coordinators are encouraged to attend the 4-day CRS class (E278). The course is free, and travel expenses are covered for those accepted to the EMI. Click here for course information and schedules (download the schedule and search for E278).

CRS Users Groups

CRS communities across the country have formed CRS Users Groups to share information about CRS activities and credits. The groups also offer training opportunities. To find a CRS Users Group in your area, contact your ISO/CRS Specialist.

How are you making your community FloodSmart?

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We are always looking to hear from individuals, communities, and organizations. Tell us what you are doing to prepare your community for flooding so that we can share your story with others.

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