Recognizing the increased flood risk caused by climate change, President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order on January 30, 2015, that establishes a Federal Flood Risk Management Standard to reduce the cost of future flood disasters. This standard requires Federally funded projects (e.g., buildings, roads, and other infrastructure) that impact floodplains to meet higher flood risk standards.
The Administration also released draft guidelines for implementing the standard for public comment. Agencies will be able to implement the standard in a number of ways and seek input from the public and stakeholders before doing so.
For more information on the new standard, see the Council on Environmental Quality fact sheet Taking Action to Protect Communities and Reduce the Cost of Future Flood Disasters.
Revised preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) have been released for the following communities to reflect updates to flood hazard information in certain locations:
The revised preliminary FIRMs address areas in the vicinity of the VE/AE Zone break where building footprints supplied by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection or the New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications, GIS Division prompted a more detailed, site specific analysis than was performed in the original preliminary study. In certain locations, the enhanced analysis results in a shift in the VE/AE Zone break. In certain locations, the revised preliminary FIRMs also show other flood hazard changes resulting from data provided to FEMA on the preliminary mapping from communities and the public.
New Jersey now has a StormSmart Coasts State website, which focuses on helping coastal communities address weather and climate hazards. The site connects coastal decision makers to the latest and best information on protecting communities before, during, and after a storm, including:
Visit the StormSmart Coasts New Jersey website at http://nj.stormsmart.org.
HURRIPLAN is a newly developed approach for hurricane resilient community planning and building design. The FEMA-certified HURRIPLAN course will be offered in Tuckerton and Hoboken, New Jersey, in January 2015. The 2-day HURRIPLAN performance-level course provides the knowledge and training necessary to design hurricane resilient commercial and institutional buildings. The course is targeted to a broad cross section of professionals involved in emergency management, planners, building and zoning officials, mitigation specialists, developers, engineers, land owners, architects, building managers and owners.
Through lectures and active learning components, existing regulations and beyond-code design guidelines are discussed and implemented. The culmination of the course includes the creation of a site plan and building design of a community safe room in a nearby hurricane-prone community.
Course modules include:
The course is approved for AIA/CES programs. AIA members in good standing are eligible to earn 14 HSW units.
Locations and Details
9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve
130 Great Bay Blvd
Tuckerton, NJ 08087
Hosted by the Barnegat Bay Partnership
For registration assistance contact Karen Walzer at email@example.com or 732-914-8110.
9 a.m.–5 p.m. Steven’s Institute of Technology
1 Castle Point Terrace
Hoboken, NJ 07030
Hosted by the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium
For registration assistance contact Lisa Aromando at firstname.lastname@example.org or 732-872-1300 ext. 10.
Register and pre-test online at https://ndptc.hawaii.edu/training.
FEMA and its partners will present the preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) and data for Cape May County, show the differences between the new and the effective FIRM, and provide an overview of the appeals and map adoption processes at a public open house on December 12th from 4 to 8 pm. Attendees will also be able to locate their properties on the preliminary FIRMs and learn about their flood risk, get answers to questions from county and FEMA representatives, and learn about flood insurance options from insurance specialists. The open house will be held at the Cape May Convention Center, 714 Beach Avenue, Cape May, NJ 08204.
In an effort to share coastal flood study data and to keep communities informed throughout the study process, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has produced a report titled Region II Coastal Storm Surge Study and eight topic-specific technical documents to summarize the new storm surge modeling carried out to support updates to the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for New Jersey and New York coastal communities. The eight topic-specific technical documents provide details on the development, execution, and validation of the coastal storm surge modeling for coastal scientists, community officials, and others seeking in-depth technical information. The fact sheet Region II Coastal Flood Study Data Sharing provides an overview of the Coastal Storm Surge Study technical documentation, storm surge, and storm surge modeling.
Also available are a series of storm surge study reports prepared by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers prepared for a coastal flood study affecting communities within FEMA Region III. This study also affect several counties in New Jersey, including Salem, Gloucester, and Camden.
All technical reports can be accessed through the Community Officials information page.