Debbie has been a pioneer regarding the Community Rating System (CRS) in Texas, as she was responsible for creating, developing, and maintaining the first CRS Users Group in the state. Debbie named the group Floodplain Awareness Success in Texas (aka FAST), a name that acknowledges and recognizes the efforts of Texas communities that have far exceeded the federal minimum standards. The purpose of the group is for attendees to attend a monthly meeting to hear featured speakers, learn more about the program, and share best practices with other communities. FAST celebrated its one year anniversary on April 9, 2011, and continues to be a beneficial resource for communities both participating and non-participating in the CRS. For more information on FAST and to find out how you can get involved, please email Debbie Vascik at email@example.com.