Community Rating System

Image of title header CRS 2021 Building Partnerships For Advancing CRS In Region VII, Wednesday, March 17, 2021 815 a.m. – 330 p.m. CT



In 2020, we held our first annual CRS Symposium for CRS communities in Region VII (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska).  In 2021, we will continue with the Symposium in a virtual environment.

FEMA Region VII’s 2021 CRS Symposium will discuss new national and regional programs, trends, and processes in support of the Community Rating System (CRS); including opportunities to advance the CRS program within your communities, and provide information on CRS nationally and locally to help advance flood hazard mitigation and CRS credits for our local communities.  


The objective of the annual CRS Symposium is to bring FEMA Region VII CRS Communities together to look into the future, grow community capability, and encourage the implementation of advanced concepts in Hazard Mitigation by providing relevant and visionary information, tools, techniques, practices, and resources that foster community resiliency through partnerships and action in the CRS program and beyond. 

This is achieved by 

  • Identifying and improving on the best practices of flood hazard mitigation
  • Identifying, improving, and build partnerships for advancing mitigation locally 
  • Informing CRS communities of current and anticipated trends in climate, community, and programmatic transformation for application locally
  • Encourage action to achieve resilience and hazard mitigation through the CRS program and beyond


8:15 a.m.

Technical Check. Webex Overview: Verify access to the virtual symposium.    

8:30 a.m.

Session 1

  • Welcoming Remarks
    • 20 minutes - Todd Tucker/Erin Cobb/Cathi Sanders/Bill Lesser, FEMA
    • Live presentation
  • 2021 Climate Outlook, Historical and Future Trends 
    • 40 minutes, 30+10 Question & Answers (Q&A) - Doug Kluck, NOAA
    • Presentation video (23 minutes, YouTube web link)
  • NFIP Transformation (Risk Rating 2.0), ISCAA/Routine Use Agreements, Trends in the Region
    • CANCELLED 15 minutes, 10+5 Q&A - Chris Parsons, FEMA
    • Live presentation
  • CRS Trends, Training, Credit Opportunities

10:15 - 10:30 a.m. 


10:30 a.m.

Session 2

11:45 - 12:15 p.m.

Break / Lunch 

12:15 p.m.

Session 3

  • Resource Conservation
  • BRIC and Mitigation Opportunities
    • 30 minutes, 20+10 Q&A - Kirsty Morgan, FEMA
    • Presentation video (10 minutes, source web link)
  • CRS Task Force Update
    • 15 minutes, 10+5 Q&A – Tom Morey, STANTEC
    • Live presentation
    CRS Next - Looking Forward, 2021 and Beyond
    • 45 minutes, 30+15 Q&A - Bill Lesser, FEMA HQ
    • Live presentation
  • CRS on Compassion: Flood Mitigation Champions, Networks, and ‘Soft Skills’ 
    • 30 minutes, 25+5 Q&A - Ward Lyles, University of Kansas
    • Presentation video (27 minutes, Zoom web link)
  • Closing Remarks
    • 15 minutes - Bill/Cathi/Erin/Todd
    • Live presentation

Adjourn by 3:30 p.m.


Presenter Bios

​View the presenter bios with this link: Click here (PDF).


Photo: Presenter Bill Lesser, FEMA Headquarters, along with Dean Ownby and Todd Tucker (CRS Symposium 2020)

Photo of Todd Tucker and Dean Ownby in 2020 CRS Workshop

Photo: Dr. Ward Lyles Keynote Presentation (CRS Symposium 2020)

Photo of Dr, Ward Lyles, keynote presenter at 2020 CRS Workshop


event Planning Committee


This was a unique event lead by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region VII and was delivered to participants under a partnership with the state hazard mitigation teams, and the lead state agencies for floodplain management. The event improves flood mitigation for regional work surrounding the FEMA Community Rating System (CRS) under the National Flood Insurance Program. The partnership includes leveraging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Silver Jackets Program under state lead work in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska.

USACE’s Silver Jackets Program provided remote access to recorded speaker presentations using this web page. The updated agenda on the left, at the beginning of the web page, link their presentations, and any supporting material. This web page memorializes all the proceedings using the same agenda, which will be one of many ways that Silver Jackets supports the CRS Program and FEMA Region VII.

The Region VII CRS Coordinator has engaged the state floodplain administrators for this symposium to help improve the implementation of flood mitigation efforts creditable in the CRS Program. The four state's Lead Silver Jackets Coordinators support the CRS Program through work on the state teams, including a variety of interagency nonstructural projects. When these projects close, the Silver Jackets Coordinators use a MS Access database that includes an assessment as to which CRS activities have been touched on during the projects. As of the end of 2020, over 300 projects had been completed with over 50 tied to CRS activities. 

The state teams include

  • Iowa Flood Risk Management Team
  • Kansas Hazard Mitgation Team
  • State Risk Management Team (Missouri)
  • Nebraska Silver Jackets

Logos of partnering agencies

In bringing together various expert practitioners and speakers for this Symposium, FEMA and FEMA Region VII invites speakers with demonstrated excellence, professionalism, and relevance; noting that the opinions expressed are solely those of the presenter or attendee and do not necessarily represent the views, opinions, policies, or regulatory requirements of the staff, this region, or agency. Nor, are contributions by various speakers to be deemed an endorsement of any kind for any individual, business, or company.

Past Symposiums

Below is a look back at the CRS 2020 Symposium, which was held February 19, 2020 at the FEMA Region VII office in Kansas City, MO. 

Photo: Todd Tucker, FEMA Region VII kicking off the CRS 2020 Symposium with state agencies and communities from across the 4-state area

Photo of Todd Tucker, 2020 CRS Workshop kick-off




FEMA Community Rating System (CRS)


FEMA NFIP Community Status Book, see who else is in NFIP and CRS, including their CRS Class Level:


FEMA CRS Coordinator's Manual (2017) 

     Web link, Manual-2017, PDF

FEMA Addendum to CRS Coordinator's Manual (2021)

     Web link, Addendum-2021, PDF

FEMA National Flood Insurance Program




Community Rating System Resources


FEMA Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC)


     FEMA BRIC sub-web pages 

          Mitigation Action Portfolio        

          BRIC Building Code Activities

          BRIC Partnership Activities

          BRIC Project Scoping Activities

          BRIC Mitigation Planning Activities

          BRIC Direct Technical Assistance

          BRIC Technical Criteria

          BRIC Qualitative Criteria

          HMA Cost Share Guide

          FY20 BRIC Notice of Funding Opportunity

FEMA BRIC, how to sign up fo BRIC and HMA updates


USACE Silver Jackets Program



next year's workshop

If you have a topic that you would like to present on, you may contact Todd Tucker, FEMA Region VII (email Todd).