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E278: National Flood Insurance Program/Community Rating System

Course Description:

This course covers the CRS, a nationwide initiative of FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program. It describes activities eligible for credit under CRS, how a community applies, and how a community modifies an application to improve its classification.

Selection Criteria:

FEMA regional office staff, NFIP state coordinators, regional planning officials, local and tribal government officials, those performing floodplain management services for local governments, and others interested in learning about the CRS in order to provide technical assistance to communities seeking to apply for CRS credit. Attendance will be limited to two participants from any one community per fiscal year.

The CRS program has undergone Significant changes, the updated CRS Manual is now being taught in the E278 CRS courses. Previous attendees may want to repeat this course.



Must be a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM), or have completed the E273, Managing Floodplain Development Through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), course or be a full-time Floodplain Manager with more than 2 years of full-time floodplain management experience, as demonstrated through work in a floodplain management, codes enforcement, or building code field and through work specifically related to floodplain management. Participants must have an understanding of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and floodplain management principles. The course material will be difficult to follow without a participant being well-versed in basic concepts of floodplain management.

ACE Recommendation:

Credit Hours:

2 Semester Hours

Level: LD or UD

Curricula: Public Administration or Emergency Management

Course Length: 4 days

CEUs: 2.9

CECs: 12 (core)

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