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FEMA Higher Floodplain Management Standards Video

posted Apr 9, 2014, 2:34 PM by Nadia Dawson   [ updated Apr 10, 2014, 7:03 AM ]

FEMA has established minimum floodplain management requirements for communities participating in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Communities must also enforce any more restrictive State requirements. Any community may exceed the minimum standards by adopting more comprehensive floodplain management regulations. In some instances, community officials may have access to information or knowledge of conditions that require higher standards than the minimum NFIP criteria. Any floodplain management regulations adopted by a state or community which are more restrictive than the criteria set forth in the NFIP regulations are encouraged and shall take precedence.

The FEMA Higher Standards video provides information about floodplain management activities that significantly reduce insured losses at the community level and encourages communities to get involved in local floodplain managementCommunities that adopt higher standards may be eligible to participate in the Community Rating System (CRS). For more information about CRS, visit the CRS page at FloodSmart.gov.

New Primary Frontal Dunes Fact Sheet Available from FEMA

posted Apr 4, 2014, 5:24 AM by Samara Ebinger   [ updated Apr 4, 2014, 5:24 AM ]

The FEMA Federal Insurance & Mitigation Administration (FIMA), Risk Analysis Branch is pleased to announce the new Primary Frontal Dunes Fact Sheet is now available in the FEMA Library: https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/92336.

 

The Primary Frontal Dunes Fact Sheet highlights general information about primary frontal dunes (PFDs) as well as how FEMA assesses and accounts for PFDs during their coastal flood hazard mapping studies. This fact sheet also defines common terms related to coastal flood hazard mapping studies and provides informative links on FEMA.gov.

Since they are the first line of defense to coastal flooding and subject to erosion from coastal storms, PFDs are typically mapped as Coastal High Hazard Areas with mandatory flood insurance requirements and enhanced development standards (also known as VE Zones). The fact sheet also includes information on how communities can request a change to the PFD delineation on their flood maps via the Letter of Map Revision (LOMR) process.

Now Available: Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps for Ocean County

posted Mar 28, 2014, 8:26 AM by Samara Ebinger   [ updated Apr 22, 2014, 5:29 AM ]

Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) have been released for Ocean County, NJ and can be accessed through the Preliminary FIRM Data Viewer.  This information is also available through FEMA’s Map Service Center, the official source for preliminary and effective regulatory FIRMs. Online tutorials are available from FEMA which provide assistance in using both the FIRM and FIS Report.   Additional information is also available through the Preliminary FIRM FAQ.  

Learn More About Recent Map Panel Updates

posted Mar 24, 2014, 3:15 PM by Samara Ebinger   [ updated Mar 24, 2014, 3:15 PM ]

Since the original release of preliminary work maps and preliminary FIRMs for certain communities, minor updates to certain map panels have been performed. Recently several changes have been made to the preliminary work maps for Ocean and Atlantic Counties, and the preliminary FIRM for Middlesex County.  Learn more about these changes on the Map Panel Update page.

Now Available: Preliminary Work Maps for Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester Counties

posted Mar 24, 2014, 3:09 PM by Samara Ebinger   [ updated Mar 24, 2014, 3:09 PM ]

Preliminary work maps showing coastal flood hazard data for Burlington, Camden and Gloucester Counties, New Jersey are now available through this website.  The preliminary work maps are an interim product created in the process of developing preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and will replace the Advisory Base Flood Elevation (ABFE) information (where released) that was made available to certain impacted communities for rebuilding and recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.  

Learn more about preliminary work maps through the Preliminary Work Map FAQ and other resources on the Using FEMA Flood Hazard Data page.

Hazardous Weather and Flood Preparedness Course

posted Feb 12, 2014, 6:51 AM by Nadia Dawson   [ updated Feb 12, 2014, 6:59 AM ]

Co-hosted by the National Weather Service (NWS) - Mount Holly Office, Jacques Cousteau Reserve, and the State Police OEM Field Training & Exercise Unit, this free 2-day course is intended to encourage a proactive response to weather and flooding hazards through close coordination between emergency managers and the NWS. 

This course covers:
  • How the basic elements of weather and flooding  combine to create potential hazards in a given area;
  • Weather forecast products and how to interpret them; and
  • Anticipating hazardous weather for planning, warning, and response purposes.
This course is excellent for local and state emergency managers who plan for or respond to hazardous weather events.

When
Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at 8:30 AM EDT to Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at 5:00 PM EDT

Where
Jacques Cosuteau Coastal Education Center
130 Great Bay Blvd
Tuckerton, NJ 08087

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posted Feb 6, 2014, 7:37 AM by Samara Ebinger   [ updated Feb 14, 2014, 5:59 AM ]


Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps Now Available for Middlesex and Monmouth Counties

posted Jan 30, 2014, 12:23 PM by Samara Ebinger   [ updated Jan 30, 2014, 12:23 PM ]

Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) have been released for Middlesex and Monmouth Counties and can be accessed through the View Preliminary FIRM Data page.  This information is also available through FEMA’s Map Service Center, the official source for preliminary and effective regulatory FIRMs. Online tutorials are available from FEMA which provide assistance in using both the FIRM and FIS Report.   Additional information is also available through the Preliminary FIRM FAQ.  

Green Infrastructure Builds Resiliency: Storm Protection-Flood Reduction-Clean Water

posted Jan 13, 2014, 3:20 PM by Nadia Dawson   [ updated Jan 13, 2014, 3:23 PM ]

The American Littoral Society and partners invite you to join environmental and sustainability experts, engineers, federal and state representatives and others to learn what Green Infrastructure is and how and why it is an important part of a resilient community.

Attendees will leave this workshop with broader knowledge about Green Infrastructure, real world examples of projects, community success stories, and information for next steps towards implementation in your community. 

This is a FREE event.

February 20, 2014
Ocean County College, 1 College Drive, Arts and Community Center, Toms River, NJ 08754
8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps Now Available for Hudson County

posted Dec 21, 2013, 8:45 AM by Samara Ebinger   [ updated Dec 21, 2013, 8:45 AM ]

Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) have been released for Hudson County, NJ (not including the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission) and can be accessed through the Preliminary FIRM Data Viewer.  This information is also available through FEMA’s Map Service Center, the official source for preliminary and effective regulatory FIRMs. Online tutorials are available from FEMA which provide assistance in using both the FIRM and FIS Report.   Additional information is also available through the Preliminary FIRM FAQ.  

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