Presented by the office of Congressman Seth Moulton, ISO’s regional CRS specialist, FEMA regional CRS Specialist, State NFIP Coordinator, and other CRS specialists.

The goal of the CRS Symposium is to have North Shore communities become familiar with and enter the CRS program.


OPENING: Joe Rossi, Massachusetts Coastal Coalition- 15 minutes (with questions)

  • An overview of the day, what CRS is, a review of material, and questions to focus the day.

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Representative Moulton’s Office- 15 minutes (with questions)

  • An update of the NFIP, CRS and other important items from a legislative perspective.


  • Joy, Director, Flood Hazard Management Program and State NFIP Coordinator & Deputy Hazard Mitigation Officer, outlines the value of CRS beyond premium discounts, and impacts on flood policies within your community.

CRS CAV: Molly Kaput- 60 minutes

  • Molly, Natural Hazards Specialist, FEMA Region I, reviews the process of the Community Assistance Visit (CAV), which is one of the first steps (and required step) to enter the CRS program.

OVERALL CRS PROCESS: Eugene Kohls- 60 minutes

  • Eugene, the New England ISO/CRS Specialist, will review CRS prerequisites, application process, review the important sections of the coordinators manual (specifically for communities looking to enter at a level 9), discuss available resources, specific activities, and more related CRS specifics.

 MAINTAINING CREDITS: Eugene Kohls- 30 minutes

  • Eugene will review credits that are both required and suggested to maintain minimum involvement and possibly increase levels within CRS.

 REALITY CHECKS AND BEST PRACTICES: Shannon Jarbeau- 60 minutes

  • Shannon, the Floodplain Specialist & CRS Coordinator for Barnstable County, talks about how the program actually works on the ground. She will review some local best practices, as well as some “reality checks” of how things actually play out in most of the smaller Massachusetts communities which will include a overview of what you as a community can expect and how things to actually work.


  • Discussion on next steps, team action items and resource follow ups


NOTE: Breaks will be provided with lunch hors d’oeuvres.


The college is located on on 300 Broad Street, and the parking lot is located off on Washington street. Attendees should be parking in the main lot, in spaces with white lines. White lines are for students and guests, yellow lines are reserved for faculty and staff. Attendees will enter the building in the Lynn East wing next to the gym, and follow the corridor. Attendees will take a left at the end of the hallway and should see an elevator on their left hand side and can use this to the third floor. A left off the elevator and a quick right, and the community room is the second room on the right, room LS328. NOTE: Signage will be on site for the event.


Location: North Shore Community College, Lynn Community Board Room, 300 Broad Street, Lynn, MA 01901