An overview of the Community Rating System.
The Community Rating System (CRS) is a voluntary incentive program administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that an NFIP community in good standing can apply to join and actively participate. A community that conducts floodplain management activities that exceed the NFIP minimum requirements can earn points for each activity. The number of points a community accumulates decides what percent discount some of their residents and businesses will receive on their annual flood insurance premiums.
The CRS Coordinator's Manual is the guidebook for the CRS and sets the criteria for CRS classification. It explains how the program operates, what is credited, and how credits are calculated. Although it is primarily a reference for CRS activities and credits, it can also help guide communities that want to improve their floodplain management programs.
Currently, five New Hampshire communities (Keene, Marlborough, Nashua (effective May 1, 2017), Peterborough, and Winchester) participate in CRS. To learn more about these communities' CRS activities and discounts, please view the New Hampshire CRS State Profile .
To learn more information about CRS, please click on the following links:
- CRS Fact Sheet
- CRS Community Responsibilities and Costs & Benefits to the Community
- CRS Classes, Points, and Discounts Table
- New Hampshire CRS Community Application Process
- CRS Community Self Assessment (web version)
- CRS Community Self Assessment (hard copy version)
- CRS Webinars and Training
For additional information or questions, please contact New Hampshire's Floodplain Management Program staff.