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Community Rating System (CRS)

In 1990, FEMA created the Community Rating System (CRS) program as an adjunct to the NFIP.  Through the CRS program, FEMA provides incentive for communities to exceed the minimum NFIP floodplain management requirements.  Participation in the CRS program not only means better floodplain management, but provides a point system that can mean reduced flood insurance premiums for the citizens of the active CRS communities. 

Specific information on the CRS ratings of the communities in Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson Counties is provided on the community profiles provided elsewhere on this site. The CRS program Web site has information on how a community can improve its standing in the program.