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CRS User Groups

Florida CRS Users Groups

Working Together to Improve Floodplain Management Programs across the State.

Welcome to the Florida CRS Users Groups page, hosted and facilitated by FFMA. This page is a work in progress as we work toward Florida CRS Users Groups Coordination. FFMA Board members, Josh Overmyer (Josh.Overmyer@em.myflorida.com), Lisa Foster (ldfoster@pinellascounty.org), and Noah Taylor (noah.taylor@stpete.org), are taking the lead on this effort.

CRS Coordinators across Florida can already network directly and share information through their regional CRS Users Group. We hope that with further coordination we can grow the CRS support network across the state. We will be posting the Regional CRS Users Groups meetings and events on the FFMA calendar soon. We will share information from all of the Groups here on this webpage, and plan to have a Users Groups session at the FFMA conference in St. Pete next year! Stay tuned for updates!

FEMA Elevation Certificate

UPDATE 3/1/2017


FEMA announced in a March 1 bulletin that the newly revised Elevation Certificate (FEMA form 086-0-33) can now be accessed at: https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/160

The following revisions were made to the Elevation Certificate:

  • Items A8 and A9 now allow alpha characters.
  • If the wrong box is checked in Item B12 (CBRS or OPA), highlight and delete to remove the selection.
  • Section C2a-h and Section E have been adjusted to allow correct rounding for decimal input.
  • A “Clear Photo” button to the right of the caption box will allow deletion of a photo.

The expiration date of this form is November 30, 2018.

ISO EC checklist and correction forms can be found at: http://crsresources.org/300-3/

2017 CRS Coordinator’s Manual

-Anticipated Approval End of January-

The 2017 Coordinator’s Manual is still awaiting final approval.  The current Coordinator’s manual (the 2013 edition) will be implemented until the 2017 version is approved.

Per ISO, you do not need to change your preparation for your next verification visit regardless of which edition of the Coordinator’s Manual will be available. Just get ready as you always do, and your ISO/CRS Specialist will work with you as they always do. If you have any questions, please let your ISO/CRS Specialist know.


The 2017 manual includes improvements, clarifications, and minor corrections, but no major changes.

Four Things that will be Different:
  1. CRS repetitive loss categories – Category C communities will be those with 50 or more repetitive loss properties; Repetitive loss areas must be addressed either in Planning Step 5.c. for floodplain management plans (FMP) or included in a repetitive loss area analysis (RLAA)
  2. Special flood-related hazards supplements discontinued – coastal erosion, tsunami hazards, and inland hazards credit criteria, scoring details, and other needed information for receiving credit included in the Coordinator’s Manual itself
  3. Cooperating Technical Partner (CTP) discontinued – credits within other floodplain mapping elements are being increased to offset that loss
  4. Freeboard Class 4 prerequisite clarified – new language clarifying that the one-foot freeboard requirement must be implemented throughout the SFHA


Source: September/October 2016 issue of the NFIP CRS Update Newsletter 

Training Opportunities

The CRS offers webinars to help communities with their CRS requirements. Registration is free, but required, as space is limited.
Some courses provide continuing education credits for Certified Floodplain Managers (CFMs).
See www.CRSresources.org/training. The following one-hour topical webinars are on the calendar, and others will be scheduled. All webinars begin at 1:00 pm EST / 10:00 am PST.

  • Preparing for a Verification Visit (1 hour and 15 minutes) — March 21, 2017
  • Changes in the 2017 CRS Coordinator’s Manual — March 22, 2017
  • The Role of the Community CRS Coordinator — April 18, 2017
  • Repetitive Loss Properties and the CRS— April 19, 2017
    Introduction to the CRS— May 16, 2017
  • The CRS and Coastal Hazards— May 17, 2017
  • Preparing for a Verification Visit (1 hour and 15 minutes) — June 20, 2017
  • Developing Outreach Projects for Activity 330 — June 21, 2017

Source: NFIP/CRS Update Newsletter July/August 2016


CRS Resources Website

NFIP/CRS Updates Newsletters


Florida CRS Users Groups and Contacts


Broward County CRS Users Group

Necole Holton, nholton@broward.org


Central Florida CRS Users Group

Sarah Beedle, sbeedle@kissimmee.org

Durre Alexander, alexander@cityofcapecanaveral.org


Florida Keys/Monroe County CRS Users Group

Lori Lehr, Lehr-Lori@MonroeCounty-FL.gov


Miami-Dade County CRS Users Group

Lourdes Rodriguez, rodriguezl@miamilakes-fl.gov


Northeast FL CRS Users Group

Elizabeth Payne, epayne@nefrc.org

Northwest Florida CRS Users Group

Carrie Stevenson ctsteven@ufl.edu


Palm Beach County CRS Users Group

Brian Hanley, bhanley@pbcgov.org

David Rotar, davidr@jupiter.fl.us

Andrea Dobbins, adobbins@juno-beach.fl.us

Kathy Lee, klee@atlantisfl.gov


Southwest Florida CRS Users Group

Billie Jacoby, bjacoby@leegov.com


Tampa Bay CRS Regional Working Group

Noah Taylor, noah.taylor@stpete.org

The function of this group is to facilitate the learning, communication, and coordination of floodplain management within the region. The group is comprised of the communities within the Tampa Bay area and typically meet at the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council on a quarterly basis. A typical meeting is crafted based upon member feedback or CRS training opportunities. New members and attendees are welcome!


Volusia County CRS Users Group

Pat White, pwhite@volusia.org