Surging Seas Sea level rise analysis by Climate Central

Surging Seas Community Rating System Guide Updated

December, 2017

Climate Central identified many ways its web tools could be used to support activities that receive credit/points within FEMA's Community Rating System (CRS) through conversations with local CRS coordinators and implementers, and with FEMA CRS representatives. This guide provides step-by-step instructions on how to access information and downloads from the Surging Seas web tool that could be utilized within specific CRS activities in FEMA’s 2017 CRS Coordinator’s Manual. Climate Central updated its guide to incorporate the 2017 edition of the CRS Coordinator’s Manual which includes more opportunities for users to gain credit for considering the impacts of climate change and sea level rise on flood-related issues.

CRS is a voluntary insurance rating program that recognizes communities for implementing floodplain management practices that exceed the Federal minimum requirements of the NFIP. In exchange for a community’s proactive efforts to reduce flood risk, policyholders can receive reduced flood insurance premiums for buildings in the community. To learn more, visit the CRS page at