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Now Available: Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps for Union County, New Jersey

posted Feb 6, 2015, 2:18 PM by Nadia Dawson   [ updated Feb 10, 2015, 12:24 PM by Samara Ebinger ]

Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for Union County, New Jersey are now available.  You can look up the flood zone and Base Flood Elevation (BFE) from the maps for a specific property using the What is My BFE? address lookup tool.

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 the Flood Insurance Study Report. Additional information is also available through the Preliminary FIRM FAQ.

New Executive Order Establishes Federal Flood Risk Management Standard

posted Feb 2, 2015, 2:04 PM by Nadia Dawson

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 Released for Certain Communities

posted Feb 2, 2015, 6:45 AM by Samara Ebinger   [ updated Feb 2, 2015, 8:43 AM ]

Revised preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) have been released for the following communities to reflect updates to flood hazard information in certain locations:     
  • New York City
  • Atlantic County, NJ
  • Cape May County, NJ
  • Hudson County, NJ
  • Middlesex County, NJ
  • Monmouth County, NJ
  • Ocean County, NJ

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.

A summary of affected map panels and jurisdictions is available on the Map Panel Updates page and the updated flood hazard information can be accessed through the viewers and tools available on the View Preliminary Flood Maps page

StormSmart Coasts New Jersey—A New Resource for Coastal Decision Makers

posted Dec 16, 2014, 7:05 AM by Nadia Dawson   [ updated Dec 16, 2014, 7:05 AM ]

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:
  • Tools for identifying and mapping hazards in your area
  • Information about hazard mitigation and land-use planning, regulations and development standards, mitigation and infrastructure protection options, training for local officials, and outreach strategies and materials
  • Resources for improving emergency management in your community
  • County and State emergency contacts
  • Federal and non-government funding programs
Visit the StormSmart Coasts New Jersey website at http://nj.stormsmart.org.

Now Available: Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps for Westchester County, New York

posted Dec 10, 2014, 10:08 AM by Samara Ebinger   [ updated Dec 10, 2014, 10:09 AM ]

Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for Westchester County, NY are now available.  You can look up the flood zone and Base Flood Elevation (BFE) from the maps for a specific property using the What is My BFE? address lookup tool.

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 the Flood Insurance Study Report. Additional information is also available through the Preliminary FIRM FAQ.

HURRIPLAN Course on Resilient Building Design for Coastal Communities Offered in New Jersey

posted Dec 4, 2014, 9:54 AM by Nadia Dawson   [ updated Dec 4, 2014, 9:56 AM ]

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:
  • Introduction to Hurricane Science
  • Design Strategies Against Wind, Water and Debris
  • Infrastructure Failure
  • Current and Suggested Zoning and Building Codes
  • FEMA Guidelines, Best Practices and Lessons Learned
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 kwalzer@ocean.edu or 732-914-8110.

9 a.m.–5 p.m. Steven’s Institute of Technology
Lecture Room
1 Castle Point Terrace
Hoboken, NJ 07030
Hosted by the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium

For registration assistance contact Lisa Aromando at laromando@njseagrant.org or 732-872-1300 ext. 10.

Registration

Register and pre-test online at https://ndptc.hawaii.edu/training.

Now Available: Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps for the Atlantic Coast of Burlington County

posted Nov 25, 2014, 2:17 PM by Samara Ebinger   [ updated Nov 25, 2014, 2:21 PM ]

Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for the Atlantic Coast of Burlington County, NJ are now available.  You can look up the flood zone and Base Flood Elevation (BFE) from the maps for a specific property using the What is My BFE? address lookup tool.

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.

Hudson County Public Open House Scheduled for December 3rd

posted Nov 21, 2014, 5:41 AM by Samara Ebinger   [ updated Nov 21, 2014, 5:42 AM ]

FEMA and its partners will present the preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) and data for Hudson 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 3rd 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 Franklin L. Williams School (MS 7), 222 Laidlaw Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07306.

Cape May County Public Open House Scheduled for December 12th

posted Nov 20, 2014, 5:33 AM by Samara Ebinger   [ updated Nov 20, 2014, 5:34 AM ]

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.

Region II Coastal Storm Surge Study Data

posted Nov 5, 2014, 10:02 AM by Nadia Dawson   [ updated Nov 14, 2014, 8:19 AM ]

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.

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