National Flood Insurance Program CRS training

February 12, 2016

May 2-5, 2016

About CRS

The Community Rating System (CRS) is a nationwide initiative of FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The CRS recognizes and encourages community floodplain management activities that exceed the minimum NFIP standards.  Participation in CRS lowers flood insurance premium rates for policyholders within your community.  CRS floodplain management activities enhance public safety, reduce damages to property and public infrastructure, avoid economic disruption and losses, reduce human suffering, and protect the environment. Participating in the CRS provides an incentive to maintain and improve your community’s overall floodplain management program.

Course Description

The course describes activities eligible for credit under the 2013 CRS Coordinator’s Manual, how a community applies, and how a community modifies an application to improve its classification. The CRS Program underwent significant changes in 2013 and the updated CRS manual will be taught in this course.

Course Objectives

• Describe how to join the CRS program and improve community CRS classifications.

• Identify ways to earn CRS points by reducing and avoiding flood damage to insurable property.

• Understand how to take full advantage of available CRS points as you strengthen and support the insurance aspects of the NFIP.

• Describe how to gain CRS points by fostering comprehensive floodplain management.

Target Audience

Local and tribal government officials, regional planning officials, NFIP state staff, FEMA regional office staff,  and others interested in learning about  the CRS in order to provide technical assistance to communities seeking to apply for CRS credit.

Course  Dates & Location
May 2-5, 2016 (Monday – Thursday)

On Monday, the class begins promptly at 8:30 am and runs until 5:00 pm.   Tuesday – Thursday, class time will be 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Harold Alfond Forum Building – Room 230

University of New England – Biddeford Campus

11 Hills Beach Road, Biddeford, Maine


Registration Fee: $50.00

Please make checks payable to: Treasurer, State of Maine

This covers all materials for the course.  Participants will be provided with a continental breakfast at the morning break and snacks/drinks will be provided for afternoon breaks.  We may provide lunch on some or all class days.  We are currently working to secure lunch sponsors.


• You must have 2 years of floodplain management experience.


• You must have completed the E/L 273, Managing Floodplain Development through the National Flood Insurance Program.


• You must be a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM).

Continuing Education
The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) awards 2.9 CEUs for completion of this course.

The Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) awards 12 CECs (core) for completion of this class.

The Maine Code Enforcement Officer Training & Certification Program will award up to 12 recertification credits in the area of Land Use.   


All students must complete the attached FEMA Form 119-25-2.  You must obtain a FEMA Student ID number and enter in block #6 on your application.

How do I obtain my FEMA SID number?

Step 1: To register, go to

Step 2: Click on the “Register for a FEMA SID” box.

Step 3: Follow the instructions and provide the necessary information to create your account.

You will receive an e-mail with your SID number.  Put that number in box 6 on the registration form.

Tips for filling out the rest of the application can be found at this link:

Please e-mail, fax, or mail your registration to:

Sue Baker, NFIP State Coordinator

Maine Floodplain Management Program

Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry

93 SHS, 17 Elkins Lane

Augusta, ME 04333-0093


Fax: 207-287-2353