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Exciting News: NFIP FEMA Requesting Public Comment on Community Rating System

From NFIPCRS Email Dated 8/24/21:

Greetings CRS Stakeholders:

FEMA is seeking public comments on transforming the Community Rating System (CRS) under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to better align with the current understanding of flood risk and flood risk approaches and to incentivize communities to manage and lower their flood risk through floodplain management initiatives.

We’re encouraging you to use the information below to provide comments you might wish to share with FEMA regarding the CRS. We also invite you to share this information with others.

Public Stakeholders Can Submit Written Comments via the Federal Register
FEMA posted in the Federal Register a Request for Information to gather public feedback about on ways the agency could consider modifying, streamlining, and/or innovating to improve the CRS program. These efforts aim to help FEMA ensure that the CRS program includes necessary, properly tailored, and up-to-date requirements that effectively achieve the goals of (1) reducing and avoiding flood damage to insurable property, (2) strengthening and supporting the insurance aspects of the NFIP, and (3) encouraging a comprehensive approach to floodplain management.

Submit your written comments, identified by Docket ID: FEMA-2021-0021, through the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov/. The comment period will be open through September 22, 2021.

Please follow the instructions on the page and contact the Regulations.gov Help Desk if you have technical issues. For additional information on the request for information, visit FEMA.gov

The type of feedback that is most useful to the agency will identify specific CRS program components that could benefit from reform, refer to specific barriers to participation, align the CRS program with the improved understanding of flood risk and flood risk reduction approaches gained since the initiation of the program, better incentivize communities and policyholders to become more resilient and lower their vulnerability to flood risk, offer actionable data, and specify viable alternatives to existing approaches that meet statutory obligations.

Public Stakeholders Can Attend & Provide Verbal Comments at an Upcoming Webinar

FEMA will also hold three public webinars to gather verbal public feedback on the CRS program. The objectives of these webinars are to:

  • Provide the public with information about this program review and improvement effort, called “CRS Next”;
  • Provide the public with information about the exploratory questions included in the corresponding Federal Register RFI;
  • Provide the public with information about how to access the Federal Register Notice RFI and submit written comments; and
  • Provide the public an opportunity to provide verbal feedback.

All webinars are open to the public and will cover the same content. Participants must register in advance and will be confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • The first webinar will begin at 11:00 a.m. ET on Tuesday, September 7, 2021.   
  • The second webinar will begin at 1:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, September 8, 2021.
  • The third webinar will begin at 2:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, September 9, 2021.   

Anyone may register for these webinars. To sign up for a webinar, simply click on the registration link below and complete the registration information. On the registration page, you can indicate which webinar date you prefer to attend and if you have an interest in providing a verbal comment during a webinar.

Participants will be emailed a unique URL link to join the public meeting once their registration is confirmed. Participant links are unique to each participant and should not be shared with others.

Where Can I Find More Information?

For the latest information, check out FEMA.gov/events. Additionally, stakeholders can also reach out to FEMA-CRS-Next@fema.dhs.gov with questions.

Other important links include:

How Can I Help?

There are two things you can do to help. First, let us know what you think – give us your input. Second, spread the word! Let others who might be interested know that there are opportunities to provide public feedback on the CRS program over the next month. Check out FEMA.gov/events page for the latest information and reach out if you have more questions.

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