FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Community Rating System Users Group - FAST   [open pdf - 55KB]

"The Floodplain Awareness Success in Texas (FAST) Community Rating System (CRS) users group is based in Houston, Texas and is made up of CRS communities that meet on a monthly basis to share ideas and best practices, learn new approaches to successful floodplain management, stay current on CRS trends, learn about available resources, and network with other communities. FAST communities are mostly from Harris County and Galveston County; however, other cities in the state have participated either by attending meetings in person or via a call-in line. The National Flood Insurance Program's (NFIP) CRS is a voluntary incentive program that recognizes and encourages community floodplain management activities that exceed the minimum NFIP requirements. As a result, flood insurance premium rates are discounted to reflect the reduced flood risk resulting from the community actions meeting the three goals of the CRS: 1. Reduce flood damage to insurable property; 2. Strengthen and support the insurance aspects of the NFIP, and 3. Encourage a comprehensive approach to floodplain management."

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