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FEMA's National Disaster Preparedness Training Center's 1/2 Day Coastal Community Resilience Courses
To enhance the ability to support preparedness and response efforts by developing and sustaining resilient coastal communities.
This four hour awareness level course focuses on coastal community resilience with a focus on as a unifying framework for community-based planning, preparedness, response and recovery. The course will enhance preparedness and response to natural disasters, including chronic, as well as extreme events affecting coastal communities. It will demonstrate how to integrate risk-based, community-based, and collaborative strategies into plans and programs.
- Resilience Concepts
- Understanding Risks from Natural Disasters
- Building Resilience
- Going Forward
Course Dates, Locations and Registration Codes:
8:30am - 12:30pm
Register Online at:
This course is targeted for a broad cross section of professionals involved in emergency management,fire services, coastal zone managers, planners, developers, and municipal services.
Yesterday the Coastal Research Center (CRC) at Stockton College presented a simultaneous in-class and online workshop at the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve’s (JCNERR) Coastal Training Center in Tuckerton, NJ. The workshop was the second in a 2-part series titled, "Reducing Coastal Flood Risk: Making Use of the Updated FIRMS".
As an academic partner with the NJDEP providing coastal outreach related to the new FEMA Region 2 NJ coastal flood study, the workshop focused on understanding coastal flood zones, reducing coastal flood risks, and how to make use of new coastal flood tools.
There were roughly 30 attendees in-person and 30 more participants online – both were able to participate in several group discussions with CRC staff and NJDEP/FEMA representatives. Both sessions from yesterday’s workshop can now be viewed online via the links below.
Session A: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1D0B7NRSLt0
Session B: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwMI6rO0MO8
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Building Science Branch would like to announce the release of FEMA P-942, Mitigation Assessment Team Report: Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey and New York. The Report documents observations made during field visits conducted by the Mitigation Assessment Team (MAT), specifically deployed to evaluate key building damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. It goes on to present the conclusions and recommendations derived from the field observations with regards to key engineering concepts, codes and standards, mitigation measures and considerations that can be used in the planning and recovery process to help minimize future damage to structures and their related utility systems.
The recommendations for disaster-resistant practices in hurricane-prone regions presented in the Report are applicable to planners; decision makers; designers; contractors; building officials; Federal, State, and local government officials; building owners and operators; emergency managers; and homeowners.
Observations, conclusions, and recommendations related to the following topics are included in the Report:
FEMA P-942 can now be accessed and downloaded for free from the FEMA Library at http://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/85922 .
Should you have any questions or comments related to the Hurricane Sandy MAT Report, please contact John Ingargiola of the Building Science Branch (email@example.com) or the Building Science Helpline (866)- 927-2104 or FEMA-Buildingsciencehelp@fema.dhs.gov).
Please visit the Building Science Branch homepage for additional multi-hazard mitigation information and resources. Be sure to also visit Hurricane Sandy – Building Science Activities & Resources.
Ocean City, New Jersey has passed flood related ordinances at their November 21 Council meeting. The new ordinance will apply the highest neighboring base flood elevation within the X Flood Zones to the build to elevation of new or renovated structures. Their ordinance has also adopted the released FEMA flood Maps from August 27th or newer releases of the FEMA Flood Maps.
PSE&G is continuing to refine their multibillion dollar energy strong program. Earlier versions of the program proposed protecting upto 28 substations from flooding by either reconstruction and raising, floodwalls or complete relocation. Due to concerns that the NJ Rate Council had on rate payers as the program being two costly, PSEG is undertaking further engineering study and cost-benefit analysis to the critical infrastructure that need to be raised and rebuilt. The original program dedicated to flood proofing the substations accounted for $2.6 billion of a $3.9 billion program.
Debate for federal legislation to delay the Flood Insurance Rate increases has been slowed by the House Financial Services Committee, whereas the members of the Committee are remaining committed to the Biggert-Waters Act.
A design completion is underway and moving into the final selection rounds regarding design concepts to protect NY harbor from future storms. The leading concept is a series of flood barriers, nicknamed “The Big U” hidden into the urban landscape. 10 of these concepts have been selected for further evaluation. There are two separate discussions with slightly different points of view on the subject.
A discussion and summary of the development of the Flood Insurance Program, the reforms that have occurred within the last 30 years, and a discussion from Congresswomen Maxine Waters, the original sponsor of Biggert-Waters, regarding the intent of the Act, and her support for postponing the rate increases.
A temporary change in a federal loan program for the rehabilitation and repair of houses may provide a new option for financing repairs to homes damaged a year ago by Hurricane Sandy.
Homes requiring elevation to reduce flood risk may now qualify for 203(k) renovation loans. The rule change, which expires in March 2015, applies only to primary homes, and to properties whose foundations lie below new flood elevation standards. Also, after repairs, the elevated foundation must comply with FEMA requirements and local building codes.
More details at the following links:
NJ Has requested the Federal government shift disaster-related funds from a small business grant and loan program to fund housing repairs. The US Department of Housing and Urban Development must approve the request.
Senator Booker and Senator Menendez are putting pressure on FEMA officials regarding the increase flood insurance rates. Senator Menendez is introducing legislation to delay rate hikes for four years to provide FEMA with an opportunity to complete a affordability study and completes refinements to the flood mapping.
Usually flood watches and warnings are not included within this summary, as such information is location-specific. However, it is interesting to note this watch that occurred last weekend for all counties in Hawaii, which demonstrates that flooding is a threat in most locations. Our everyday warning procedures are consistent including tropical paradises.
You are invited to attend the following free NJAFM-sponsored webinar/training session
Reducing Coastal Flood Risk: Making Use of The Updated Flood Hazard Information
10:00am – 12:15pm, Wednesday, December 4th, 2013
Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve Coastal Training Center
130 Great Bay Boulevard, Tuckerton, NJ 08087
Please click on the link below for more information:
Coastal Flood Risk Training
Registration is required for all participants: Please click here for details.
CFM continuing education credits will be available.
A selection of recent internet articles of interest to NJAFM members.
A discussion on a tool used to look at the statistical analysis of the population at risk of flooding.
Two schools of opinion regarding the economic impact from Sandy. One group indicates that the storm has a net positive impact on the State’s economy, whereas others indicate that due to a slow pace of recovery at the shore is dragging on the local economy.
National Association of State Flood Plan Manager has offered opinion on the Biggert-Waters Act of 2012. The suggestion is to have flood insurance rate increases phased in over several years and have federal subsidies offered to policy holders.
Warren County passes a resolution that supports the permanent lowering of NYC reservoirs on the Delaware River to provide protection against future flooding on the Delaware River. The resolution from Warren County supports petitioning the Supreme Court to revisit the Consent Decree of 1954.
A discussion on raising homes in New Jersey, and the costs associated with raising structures.
The next annual meeting of the NYS Floodplain and Stormwater Managers Association will be March 25 - 27, 2014 at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel in Poughkeepsie, NY. A call for abstracts and workshops can be accessed by clicking the link below:
Call for Abstracts - NY 2014
Information about presenting should be directed to Jen Marcy at Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org
Information about exhibiting and the meeting should be directed to Russ Houck at RHouck@ci.syracuse.ny.us
The abstract deadline is December 1, 2013
NYS member registration rates will be available to NJAFM members.
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