Community Rating System Explorer

Visualize and prioritize undeveloped areas in the floodplain to improve your CRS score, reduce flood insurance costs, and enhance resiliency.

North Carolina

Exploring Open Space Conservation in the Floodplain.

Expanding the CRS Explorer on the Gulf Coast

Communities in the Gulf are planning for a resilient future with the CRS Explorer.

The CRS Explorer helps planners visualize areas that are eligible for Open Space Preservation (OSP) credits in FEMA’s Community Rating System (CRS) to reduce flood risk and premiums.

Technical Support CRS


Access Training and Workflow information for the CRS Explorer Tool.

Success Stories CRS


Learn about communities who have leveraged the tool to identify OSP points.

Additional Resources CRS


Explore related tools from NOAA Digital Coast Partners.

Photo credits this page ~ Slideshow image 1: Kierstyn Cox/TNC; Technical Support Photo: Carlton Ward, Jr.; Success Stories Photo: Lindsay Stevens/TNC