NOV 2017
Building CRS Capacity: Success Stories at the Local and State Level
Time: Monday, Nov 6, 2017, 1:00 PM - Monday, Nov 6, 2017, 2:30 PM

Are you interested in reducing flood insurance premiums while enhancing your community's resilience? Then this webinar series, presented by the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) and the Coastal States Organization (CSO), is for you. The National Flood Insurance Program's (NFIP) Community Rating System (CRS) is a federal incentive program that provides flood insurance policyholders with discounts on their premiums in exchange for their community taking actions to reduce flood risk. In 2015, ASFPM and CSO began researching elements of the CRS program that can both enhance community resilience and protect the environment. This free webinar series will specifically highlight how communities can achieve success in these “green” elements of the CRS program.

This is the second webinar in a four-part webinar series focused on the CRS program. The goal of this workshop is to share how states and local programs are building their CRS capacity.


Bradley Watson, Acting Executive Director at the Coastal States Organization

Bradley Watson is CSO’s Acting Executive Director. Spanning parts or all of four Congresses, Bradley worked for the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure under the late Chairman James L. Oberstar, as a member of the investigations team for the Senate Armed Services Committee under Senator Carl Levin, and as a senior legislative staffer for Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson. Bradley is a graduate of Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C., Tulane University in New Orleans, LA, and the evening program at the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America. Bradley is a native of Prince Georges County, Maryland, is admitted to the bar in the State of Maryland, and resides on Capitol Hill.


Phillip Hinesley, Coastal Section Chief, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Phillip has over thirty seven years of successful administrative, policy, planning experience in local, state and federal government, with a strong record in grant-writing and planning, working with the public, working with programs administered at the local, state, and federal level, including experience in National Coastal Zone Management Program. Currently responsible for the Alabama Coastal Area Management Program (ACAMP) consisting of comprehensive management policies and plans for the protection and enhancement of quality, quantity and viability of coastal resources and the management of these resources. Additional duties include oversight of the National Weeks Bay Estuarine Research Reserve Program.

Allison Hardin, CFM, City Planner at the City of Myrtle Beach, SC

Allison Hardin, CFM is an urban planner and award-winning planning advocate focused on balancing natural resources with economic development by incorporating principles such as No Adverse Impact, triple bottom line planning, and aiming for resiliency, not just sustainability. Currently, Allison works for the City of Myrtle Beach as a city planner. Her 23-year career includes experience with regional and urban planning, GIS mapping and coordination, floodplain management, hazard mitigation planning, business continuity and emergency services. Allison served four years as a co-chair for the ASFPM Coastal Issues committee. In 2012, she was tapped as one of 100 invited to the national stakeholder meeting to set the mitigation framework of PPD-8, and later that year received the Award for Planning Awareness by the SC chapter of the American Planning Association for her work to promote resilient community practices. She is a contract instructor for the University of Hawaii's National Disaster Preparedness Training Center to instruct local government officials and community leaders in Coastal Community Resilience awareness and Coastal Flood Risk Reduction principles and practices. Allison has been part of a team of NGOs working with NOAA on the Digital Coast web portal - ensuring local decision-makers have easy access to the best available data and coastal decision making tools since 2009: Most recently, she was part of the Climate Resilience committee steered by RESOLVE to encourage state hazard mitigation plans to address public health impacts due to climate change.

Shannon Jarbeau, CFM, CRS and Floodplain Coordinator for Barnstable County, MA, Cape Cod Cooperative Extension, and Woods Hole Sea Grant

Shannon Jarbeau is a Certified Floodplain Manager with a master’s degree in coastal policy (Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island). Shannon has served as the CRS & Floodplain Coordinator for Barnstable County for two years, where she has gotten four new communities into the CRS program, helped an additional four through CRS Coordinator transitions and two through Cycle Visits, and provides technical assistance on CRS and floodplain issues. Prior to moving to Cape Cod, Shannon worked on coastal resiliency, flood insurance, and the CRS for a non-profit called Wetlands Watch in Norfolk, Virginia.

Time: All webinars in this four-part series will be held from 1:00PM-2:30PM CT/2:00PM-3:30PM ET

Target Audience: Floodplain managers, planners, and other local officials who are interested in joining the CRS or learning more about its "green" elements and CRS Coordinators who would like to give more attention to elements that will enhance the resiliency of their community and the natural environment.

Did you miss this webinar? Check out the webinar recording and slides for more information.

Not familiar with FEMA’s CRS program? No problem, visit FEMA’s CRS website or to view overview videos or learn about FEMA’s upcoming CRS training. The CRS Green Guide Webinar Series is based on research and interviews conducted by ASFPM and CSO and is not part of official FEMA CRS webinars or training.

Image Credit: Flooded road in Woods Hole, MA. Image courtesy of Flickr user Putneypics.