Effective floodplain management depends on having accurate information about flood hazards before development occurs and integrating that information into regional and land use planning processes. This is especially important in the aftermath of a devastating storm such as Hurricane Sandy. The tools available below are intended to assist New Jersey and New York's community officials in comprehending and using the best available flood hazard data to build their communities back stronger and more resilient.
Fact Sheets and Documents
Beach Nourishment and Dune Construction Fact Sheet
This FEMA fact sheet provides information about beach nourishment and dune construction, how these activities affect coastal flood hazards and FEMA's coastal flood studies and how FEMA evaluates these projects during a study.
"Interpreting Preliminary Work Maps" Fact Sheets for
These fact sheets provide information about how to read and use preliminary work maps being released by FEMA prior to the issuance of preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps.
Technical Fact Sheet Series
Fact Sheet Series about technical data used to develop the preliminary work maps: Storm Surge GIS Data, Transect Data and Field Reconnaissance, and Coastal Hazard Analysis Modeling Program (CHAMP) Database Interpretation.
View presentation documents providing information about the release of the preliminary work maps in New Jersey.
Information about Elevation Certificates
FEMA's Homeowner's Guide to Elevation Certificates fact sheet and Elevation Certificate webpage provide information about what elevation certificates are (forms that document a building's elevation) and how they are used in relation to flood insurance and building requirements.
Hurricane Sandy Road to Recovery: A New York Homeowner's Guide is a FEMA publication available to inform homeowners affected by Sandy of different options and resources available for recovery.
Changes in the Flood Insurance Program: Preliminary Considerations for Rebuilding
Document provides answers to questions regarding recent changes to the NFIP as a result of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act passed by Congress and how those changes to the Program may affect property owners.
This document can be used by homeowners and others to understand the impact of subsidy elimination on buildings with the lowest floor below the Base Flood Elevation as a result of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act. (Homeowners should contact their insurer for property-specific rates).
If Your Home or Business has been Flooded: Build Back Safer and Stronger: What You Need to Know
Tri-fold brochure provides National Flood Insurance Program information regarding the recent changes to the NFIP as a result of the Biggert-Waters 2012 legislation, how to reduce risk and premiums, and how to manage future flood risks.
Increased Cost of Compliance: How You Can Benefit
Tri-fold brochure provides information about coverage availability and how to file an ICC claim.
This FEMA publication is intended to assist communities in identifying and evaluating a range of potential mitigation actions for reducing risk from natural hazards and disasters.
FEMA Building Science Resources to Assist with Reconstruction after Hurricane Sandy
Factsheet provides a number of resources for property owners to access regarding rebuilding.
Unified Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grant Programs
Factsheet provides information on the different grant programs, eligibility, costs, and process for applications.
This fact sheet provides property owners with general information about how to find their property's ABFE, next steps to take and several key resources about flood insurance and rebuilding.
Rebuilding in an AE Zone
This fact sheet provides information for property owners about rebuilding in an AE Zone following Hurricane Sandy and the benefits of building higher than the ABFEs.
Rebuilding in a VE Zone
This fact sheet provides information for property owners about rebuilding in a VE Zone following Hurricane Sandy and the benefits of building higher than the ABFEs.
Recovery advisory bulletins are being developed by FEMA's Mitigation Assessment Team (MAT) studying the damages from Hurricane Sandy. They offer mitigation measures that could be taken to minimize damage to buildings.
The entire series of recovery advisory bulletins is currently available online.
FEMA Building Codes Toolkit
This toolkit explains building codes, their value to occupant safety and community resilience, as well as tools and resources for a variety of audiences, including property owners and the general public.
Advisory Base Flood Elevation (ABFE) Related Resources
Provides an overview of Advisory Base Flood Elevations, including information regarding how data was compiled, where the information will be available, and key contact information.
ABFEs in Rockland County, New York
Provides information about the release of ABFEs in Rockland County.
New York/New Jersey Coastal Advisory Flood Hazard Information Development Report
Information about the methodologies, assumptions and data sources used to develop the ABFE information is available through this report.
ABFE Information for New Jersey and New York: Glossary of Map Layers and Key Terms
Document featuring descriptions of the data layers shown on FEMA's Advisory maps.
Websites and Other Resources
View Best Available Flood Hazard Data page
Provides access to the best available flood hazard data through online maps and the 'What is My BFE?' address lookup tool.
Provides additional information about the difference between ABFE data and preliminary work map data and how best available flood hazard data can be used.
Provides answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the preliminary work maps FEMA is issuing for certain communities beginning in June 2013 which will supersede the information shown on the ABFE maps.
This webpage provides answers to common questions about vertical datums and datum conversion tables for locations in New York and New Jersey.
People with accessibility needs may call 1-800-427-4661 or use our online form to request and receive assistance in identifying and interpreting the best available flood hazard data for their property.
Provides answers to common questions from property owners about recovery and rebuilding, and additional resources including fact sheets and helpful websites.
The pages provides comprehensive information about rebuilding and recovery efforts in the State of New Jersey and includes a helpful FAQ fact sheet for New Jersey homeowners.
ReNew Jersey Stronger
Funding options for New Jersey homeowners are provided through the reNew Jersey Stronger website. Options include the New Jersey Home Elevation Program funded by the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program which provides reimbursement of up to $30,000 for elevations of existing single family homes in certain counties severely affected by Sandy.
Eligible homeowners who wish to sell their properties damaged by Sandy in tidal areas of New Jersey may take advantage of the Blue Acres Floodplain Acquisition Program, a joint effort of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, the State Office of Emergency Management and FEMA.
FEMA's Hurricane Sandy Building Science Activities and Resources Webpage
FEMA's webpage devoted to resources for rebuilding in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
Developed to assist State and local officials in estimating building value and costs to repair residential and non-residential buildings, this software is available for download at no cost. The reference document Substantial Damage Estimator Best Practices is also available online.
The official website of the National Flood Insurance Program contains a wealth of helpful information for residents, in addition to many outreach document templates for use by communities.
This page is FEMA's comprehensive source of information about BW-12 and changes underway to the NFIP due to this legislation. An FAQ and video, in addition to numerous fact sheets and publications are included on this page.
This webpage provides USGS data, reports, and updates about ongoing work in response to Hurricane Sandy.
Small Business Administration
Information is available to aid small businesses in recovery from the effects of Hurricane Sandy.
The Federal government's clearinghouse for disaster assistance information for individuals.
Advisory Base Flood Elevation (ABFE) Related Resources
ABFE Presentation for the Use of Community Officials
PowerPoint presentation that provides information regarding ABFEs for community officials to use at community meetings.
ABFE FAQ Webpage
Answers are provided for frequently asked questions about ABFEs.
'Your Role in NJ/NY Coastal Flood Map Revisions' Training Videos
This 2-part video training session provides information about the release of the ABFEs, the coastal flood study underway for New York and New Jersey, and more. Session A includes information about ABFEs in addition to the coastal flood study underway. Session B covers Risk MAP products, the public role in the map revision process and timelines.
The State of New Jersey is requiring the adoption of the ABFEs and advisory flood zones as the basis for statewide floodplain development standards. This FAQ provides additional information on these state requirements.