Important CRS Information

CRS in Virginia


Virginia CRS Map & Data - Shows CRS communities, ratings, and policy data for participating & non-participating communities. (Updated 10/18)

VA State Based Credit - See what localities could get credit for what they're already doing. This replaces Uniform Minimum Credit (UMC). (Updated 4/17) 

ISO Virginia Representative - Christina Groves
101 Poplar Street, Central City, KY 42330
Phone: 270-754-3646, Cell: 270-7242

FEMA CRS Region III Contact -
Richard Sobota, 215-931-5514


VA CRS Score Break Downs - Wetlands Watch collected the CRS credit score sheets from CRS Coordinators in VA, compiling the results into one document. CRS scores are broken down by activity and include descriptions of actions that earned credit. Download the scores here.

Wetlands Watch analyzed the costs & benefits of participating in the CRS in VA. Benefit cost ratios for VA CRS Communities are included in the analysis. Read the report.

Enrolling & ISO Visits
& More

Locality Program Data Table (PDF) (Word)

CRS Quick Check (PDF) (Excel)

Virginia Advanced Quick Check (Thank you to Shannon Jarbeau, CRS Coordinator for Barnestable County, MA and Darrin Punchard with Punchard Consulting for allowing VA localities to use this excellent resource.)

Recertification Form (CC-213)
Verification Visit Form (CC-230)

Locality Departmental Chart for CRS Program (Coastal VA Workgroup Doc) 


Elevation Certificates (Activity 310)

Outreach Projects (Activity 330)

Includes Program for Public Information (PPI)

CRS Outreach Projects Tracking Template (Use this spreadsheet across all departments that manage outreach projects related to flooding & flood insurance - organization for this activity is key!) (Coastal VA Workgroup Doc)

Outreach Projects Credit Calculation Spreadsheet (Excel) (Updated for 2017 Manual)

FEMA Brochures & Corresponding Credits: Guidance Doc (Coastal VA Workgroup Doc)

Order Form: FEMA Brochures & Other Docs (Free!)

FEMA Factsheet: CRS Credit for High Water Mark Initiative

Thank you Hampton for sharing these docs!

BROCHURE: Hampton created a brochure specific to the City's flooding risks. This copy includes ISO mark up.

LETTERS: Each letter includes a Hampton flooding brochure, which helps each mailing max out the 6 CRS topics available.
Sample RL Letter (4 topics: includes ISO mark up)
Sample SRL Letter (2 topics: includes ISO mark up)

Program for Public Information (PPI)

PPI Committee Requirements (Coastal VA CRS Workgroup Doc) 

PPI Multiplier for Credit Table (Coastal VA CRS Workgroup Doc) 

Developing a PPI - Comprehensive Guidance (NFIP/CRS: updated 2014)

PPI Worksheet Example (from CRS Manual)

CRS Credit for Establishing Planning Committees (NFIP/CRS: updated 2014)

Building Public Support for Floodplain Management (ASFPM: updated 2013)

Building Public Support Guidebook (ASFPM: 2010)

Example of outreach projects displayed in City Hall (Hampton, VA)

Hazard Disclosure
(Activity 340)

Localities can receive credit if real estate agents hand out information about flooding, flood risk, flood insurance, etc. to potential buyers. Download this sample handout & ask agents to distribute or make available in real estate offices.


Flood Information Website
(Activity 350)


How to get credit for having a page on your locality website with flooding, flood insurance, evacuation, & other related information. 

Credit Worksheet for Flood Information Website (Coastal VA CRS Workgroup Doc) (Updated for 2017 Manual)


Open Space Preservation (Activity 420)


Open Space Preservation GIS Mapping Guidance - This 2-step process will help CRS Coordinators get started mapping open space parcels for credit. Share this step by step process with GIS support staff to build your baseline layers/polygons for OSP credit. (Coastal VA CRS Workgroup Doc)

Open Space Preservation - How to Get Extra Credit Guidance (Coastal VA CRS Workgroup Doc)

Open Space Preservation - Credit for Incentivizing Open Space Guidance (Coastal VA CRS Workgroup Doc)

Mapping Open Space for CRS Credit - This NOAA guidance is a comprehensive step by step process for how to create open space maps through GIS, document extra credit, and submit to ISO. 

Open Space for Coastal Resilience - The Nature Conservancy's effort.

Higher Regulatory Standards (Activity 430)

Freeboard & Higher Building Standards in VA Chart - Some VA localities require that new & substantially improved construction in the various flood zones is built X number of feet above base flood elevation (BFE). Chart doesn't include all VA localities. (Updated 7/17) 



Floodplain Management Planning (Activity 510)


Example Plan: Portsmouth Virginia Floodplain Management Plan (CRS Credit = 254 Points)

CHECKLIST FOR PLAN - Very good resource! (PDF & Excel)


The Army Corps of Engineers requires localities create a Flood Plain Management Plan when receiving Corps funding to complete any project for local flood damage reduction or hurricane or storm damage reduction. Localities can use this requirement to focus the Plan efforts so it receives CRS credit. Policy Guidance Letter 


CRS Training, Reports, & Other Resources


CRS Program Overview Video

CRS Pocket Guide Video 

Future CRS Webinars  - Webinar contact:

FEMA CRS Training - Classes are held at EMI & occasionally elsewhere. Download the Schedule and search for "E278" 

CRS Assistance: Consultants & Businesses  

Local governments can hire third party consultants to complete CRS work:

Leigh Chapman, Salter's Creek Consulting, Inc. (
Dewberry CRS Support Services
Syndeste CRS Consulting Service
SmartVent NFIP/CRS Presentations/Support
World View Solutions (GIS support)
Mary-Carson Stiff, Wetlands Watch (

National Flood Insurance Program Reforms & Reauthorization

National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization 
Wetlands Watch Legislative Tracking Doc (Updated every 2 weeks)

National Flood Insurance Program HFIAA 2014 Reform Summaries
Wetlands Watch April 2015 HFIAA Reforms Summary 
Wetlands Watch April 2016 HFIAA Reforms Summary