Heightened Awareness & Outreach

Having a public that is well-informed about the risks flooding poses to life and property—as well as the benefits of natural floodplain resources and functions—is one of the best ways to ensure that appropriate action takes place. CRS communities receive credit for local efforts to advise people about flood hazards, flood insurance, flood protection measures, and the natural resources of floodplains. Many communities say that this CRS credit stimulates them to undertake additional, more effective outreach projects. Public awareness and understanding of flood hazards and floodplain resources, they report, is enhanced through the community’s participation in the CRS.