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Community Rating System Users Groups

What is the Community Rating System?

The Community Rating System (CRS) is a part of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). It provides reductions to flood insurance premiums in participating communities. The reductions are based on community floodplain management programs, including public information activities. To keep those discounts, communities must continue to implement their programs and provide status reports to the NFIP each year.


What is a Community Rating System Users Group?

The purpose of a CRS Users Group is to serve as a support and educational resource for the local communities who participate in the CRS. The CRS is a voluntary program that is available to all National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) participating communities that incentivizes them to go beyond the minimum floodplain management regulations established by the NFIP to minimize risk in their communities. By taking on CRS activities aimed at increasing floodplain regulation and mitigating existing flood hazards and risks, communities receive "points" that are added together to establish that community’s CRS Class. Each class ranking carries with it a percentage discount that is applied to the participating community’s resident’s flood insurance premiums.


Are there CRS Users Groups in Louisiana?

Yes, the Flood Loss Outreach and Awareness Taskforce (FLOAT)the Capital Region Area Floodplain Task-force (CRAFT), Jefferson Parish United Mitigation Professionals (JUMP) and the Louisiana Southwest Informational Floodplain Team (SWIFT). 


For more information on the Community Rating System



For more information on CRS Users Groups

Contact Users Groups facilitator UNO-CHART at or (504) 280-5760

Pam Lightfoot, Floodplain Management Program Coordinator,

Jonathan Swift, ISO/CRS Specialist,