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  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014 9:04 AM | Richard Franks
    Have you experienced coastal flooding?
    Do you rely on flood warnings and alerts to know when to prepare?
    Do you wish you had more information about your flood risk?

    Nurture Nature Center is recruiting participants for two focus groups, as part of a research project with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, about the use of National Weather Service flood forecast and warning tools. One focus group is intended for Ocean and Monmouth Counties Emergency Management Personnel (Friday, May 2nd in Brick), the other for Ocean and Monmouth Counties residents (Thursday May 1st in Brick and West Long Branch).

    Participants should live in the Monmouth or Ocean Counties and be at least 18 years of age. Participants will be asked to answer questions and provide input about various flood warning tools and products issued by the National Weather Service. Each participant will receive $30 for their time, coffee and light refreshments will be provided.

    For more details and how to register please click on the links below:

  • Wednesday, April 16, 2014 6:09 PM | Richard Franks
    Travel grant funding is available for local leaders to attend the May 2014 Local Solutions: Northeast Climate Change Preparedness Conference.

    May 19-21, 2014 The Center of New Hampshire at the Radisson Hotel, Manchester, NH

    Conference Details:

  • Monday, April 07, 2014 11:30 AM | Richard Franks

    Senior Flood Hazard Communications Professionals (Social Marketing, multiple positions)

    Ogilvy Washington


    Ogilvy Washington seeks Senior Flood Hazard Communications Professionals with specialized experience in local partnership development and boots-on-the-ground community engagement to join a new project team in Ogilvy’s Public & Risk Communications group. This is an exciting opportunity to work with a network of risk communications, issues management, community outreach, partnership building, and engineering experts to tackle one of the nation’s greatest hazards: flooding.  Anywhere it can rain it can flood. Flooding is the most common and costly natural disaster in the United States.  As a part of this team, you will help communities reduce their vulnerability to flooding, save lives, and protect their financial stability.

    This full-time position will work collaboratively with colleagues in Washington DC and 10 regional offices nationwide, to accomplish significant results in the areas of raising understanding of local flooding vulnerabilities and transforming that knowledge into action to reduce risks at the local level.  Among stakeholder audiences are Federal officials, State and local officials, community planners, emergency managers, professional groups, businesses, and local residents.  The position will require frequent travel within a four to five state region.

    For nearly two decades, Ogilvy Public Relations has been at the forefront of social marketingundefinedadvancing personal and public health and safety via communication initiatives.  We have developed numerous social marketing campaigns to successfully raise awareness, educate and prompt action regarding some of today’s largest and most complex issues, ranging from homeland security to income taxes, emergency preparedness to heart disease, violence prevention to substance abuseundefinedthe list is extensive.  We take great pride in deploying solutions that improve and save lives.

    Responsibilities include:

    • Lead day to day regional strategic communications and outreach operations of a large Federal Emergency Management Agency account; 
    • Provide expertise in the development and coordination of localized strategic communications plans and content related to community resiliency;
    • Coordinate and strategize with the Washington, DC based leadership team and FEMA Regional offices on floodplain mapping and community resiliency projects;
    • Research, develop and manage existing and new partnerships with local influencers; consumer, non-profit, and business organizations; professional organizations;
    • Manage relationships with partners and assist with the development of locally tailored programs involving campaign assets and promotional extensions;
    • Prepare a variety of written materials including communication plans, partnership agreements, locally tailored outreach tools and materials, and reports; and
    • Work in collaboration with floodplain managers, topographical mapping engineers, emergency managers, State and local officials.

    Required Qualifications:

    • 10+ years’ experience in strategic communications, including experience developing and managing partnerships; preferably in an agency setting. 
    • Ability to provide a strategic perspective on projects that require an understanding of public policy, emergency management, issues management, natural hazards, and community outreach.
    • Demonstrated ability to build coalitions, foster local and regional partnerships, and communicate effectively with a broad spectrum of audiences from Federal, State, and local officials to thought leaders, business leaders, and local residents within any of the following states:  New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington, Oregon, Idaho and/or Florida.
    • Experience working on watershed, community planning, climate adaptation, engineering, flooding or other natural hazard issues is preferred.
    • Proven ability to prioritize multiple projects, turn around projects quickly and meet deadlines.
    • Ability to work both independently managing a regional team and collaboratively with other teams across the nation is essential.
    • Excellent written and verbal communications skills are essential. 
    • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree a plus.
    • Willingness to travel about 50%.
    • Spanish language skills are a plus but not essential.  Experience in multi-cultural outreach, primarily Hispanic and tribal, are also a plus but not essential. 

    How to Apply:

    Please visit the careers section of our website at to apply online. Only those candidates selected to interview will be contacted.  While we welcome applications from out of state candidates, we are unable to provide reimbursement for relocation or travel expenses for this position.

    About Ogilvy Public Relations:

    Ogilvy Public Relations (Ogilvy PR) is a global, multi-disciplinary communications leader operating in more than 85 offices across six continents. In 2013, for the second consecutive year, Ogilvy was named Cannes Lions Network of the Year and Most Effective Agency Network by the Effie Global Effectiveness Index. Ogilvy was also named Best Digital Consultancy in the World, Most Creative Agency and Best South-East Agency by the Holmes Report. Ogilvy PR integrates deeply with all Ogilvy & Mather disciplines (advertising, direct marketing, activation, promotional, digital and entertainment) through the proprietary Ogilvy Fusion™ approach to delivering comprehensive, business solutions through content creation, community building, and communications with measurable results. Ogilvy PR is a unit of Ogilvy & Mather, a WPP company (NASDAQ: WPPGY), and one of the largest marketing communications companies in the world. For more information, visit our website at or follow us on Twitter at @ogilvypr.
  • Thursday, April 03, 2014 5:31 PM | Richard Franks
    For information on recent changes to the National Flood Insurance Program, specifically the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act (HFIAA) signed into law by President Obama on March 21, 2014, please click on the links below:

    For an analysis of the act by ASFPM, please click below:

  • Wednesday, March 19, 2014 10:28 AM | Richard Franks

    Wednesday April 30, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

    Jacques Cousteau Reserve, Tuckerton, NJ 

    The seminar (which is co-sponsored by NJAFM) will be reviewing the information and regulatory documents that a municipality needs to have prepared for the Community Rating System (CRS) application process. This seminar is for communities that are NOT already in the CRS program but are very interested in becoming involved.

    Registration is limited to 2 individuals per municipality. It is suggested suggest the person that you would designate as your CRS coordinator and one additional person familiar with floodplain issues and education for your municipality.

    For full details including agenda and registration please click on the link below:

    CRS Assistance Seminar

  • Friday, March 14, 2014 9:01 AM | Richard Franks

    Today, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Program Administration by States. FEMA is seeking public comment on implementing Section 404(c) of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. § 5170c(c), regarding administration of the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). The public’s input will help inform the development of this new method of program delivery that may provide states and tribes with increased oversight as they implement the grant program. The Notice contains a series of questions about various aspects on state administration of the HMGP. The concerns and recommendations raised by the public will be used to guide development of program regulations.

    The Sandy Recovery Improvement Act of 2013 (SRIA) was signed by the President on January 29, 2013. The goal of SRIA is to establish efficiencies in Federal disaster recovery programs that will expedite the recovery process and reduce costs. A piece of SRIA provided FEMA with the authority to implement HMGP Program Administration by States (PAS) as a pilot program concurrently with the development of regulations that will formalize the program. The Pilot was initiated in April 2013. States and tribes that wish to participate in the Pilot may be delegated defined responsibilities by FEMA based on an analysis of their staffing plan, grants management, and hazard mitigation experience, and demonstrated past performance. In return, for assuming additional responsibilities, Grantees will have increased control and oversight in implementing the program. Implementation of the Pilot helped guide the development of many of the questions included in the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

    Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, or arguments on all aspects of the notice. FEMA also specifically invites comments that relate to the economic, environmental, or Federalism effects that might result from implementation of any final rule stemming from this notice. All comments received will be posted, without change, including personal information provided to Comments submitted must include the Docket ID for this rulemaking, FEMA-2014-0013. The deadline for public comments is 05/12/2014.

    More information on the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program may be found on FEMA’s website at

    Information about the Program Administration by States Pilot can be found at
  • Tuesday, March 11, 2014 5:24 PM | Richard Franks
    The State of New Jersey Hazard Mitigation Team has posted the State Hazard Mitigation Plan on the NJOEM website for a public comment period which will be open until April 11th. NJAFM members are particularly encouraged to provide input. All comments must be received by April 11, 2014.

    To review the plan and make any comments please visit the links below:

  • Thursday, February 13, 2014 8:28 AM | Richard Franks

    The National Weather Service - Mount Holly Office, Jacques Cousteau Reserve and the State Police OEM Field Training & Exercise Unit are proud to co-host this 2-day course on March 25-26, 2014 in Tuckerton, NJ.

    The 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.

    This course is FREE and will be limited to 30 attendees.

    For registration and other details please click here:

    Hazardous Weather and Flood Preparedness Course




  • Tuesday, February 11, 2014 9:38 PM | Richard Franks

    The following is the oral testimony given by Andrew Banff on behalf of NJAFM presented at the first NJDCA hearing at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Galloway, New Jersey on the Second $1.46 Billion Action Plan, February 11, 2014.


    Good evening.  I am Andrew T. Banff representing the New Jersey Association for Floodplain Management (NJAFM); I am a member of the organization’s Legislative Committee.  I am a professional engineer and certified floodplain manager.  In addition to this oral testimony, NJAFM will be submitting written testimony by email.

    NJAFM – who we are

    The New Jersey Association for Floodplain Management is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization of 315 members, incorporated in 2005 and dedicated to reducing loss of life, mitigating property damage and promoting sound floodplain management.  NJAFM is a chapter of the national 15,000 member Association of State Floodplain Managers. NJAFM is THE flood resource for the State of New Jersey, having direct input into education, policy, practices and recognition of the 11 Presidential Disaster Declarations in New Jersey in the past nine (9) years. Our Certified Floodplain Manager program recognizes professionals that concentrate on making New Jersey safer, more resilient and economically sustainable into the future.

    We agree with certain aspects of the Plan:

    1.       There is not one solution to flood risk.  As the plan states, the state and communities must use a host of non-structural and structural tools;

    2.       The State is progressing with voluntary buyout programs in the Sandy effected area and in Passaic River Basin as was the strong recommendation of the Passaic River Basin Flood Advisory Commission;

    3.       We commend the administration in supporting Cumberland County buyouts as a mitigation strategy in this most floodprone area;

    4.       The State has engaged six universities to look at repetitive loss areas and risk reduction strategies.  This is very important and NJAFM would like to follow the progress as it evolves;

    5.       We are supportive of the positive mentions in the Plan on needed attention to critical facilities including first responder’s bases and water and wastewater facilities;

    6.       NJAFM is in support of the Plan’s comments in moving electrical and mechanical equipment to higher elevation – this is an important retrofit technique;

    7.       The plan states that there is an unmet need for regional planning support.  NJAFM agrees with the Plan.  We also agree with the plan on prioritizing projects that benefit more than a single community;

    8.       NJAFM supports the Plan’s inclusion of Nature-Based Solutions, especially related to flood volume.  The state stormwater management rules must be revised accordingly. NJAFM believes that the restoration of purchased floodprone land has multiple benefits and is the needed next step in restoring certain floodprone lands.

    We find absent or disagree with certain aspects of the Plan:

    1.       The State needs to involve more subject matter experts such as the NJAFM in its policy making including this Plan; we’ve been addressing flood issues for ten years and members have served several Governor’s Administrations.  We are a resource for the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs;

    2.       Plan says that it will use risk assessment in allocating funding but this is not developed in the Plan.  We question when we will have input into that process;

    3.       There has been a serious lack of planning activities Post Sandy.  Philanthropic and Non-Governmental Organizations have done their best to fill that gap but CDBG dedicated funding is key;

    4.       There must be a specific mention in the Plan of the possibility of funding municipal entry in Community Rating System, that addresses public and building safety and rewards better practices with flood insurance discounts;

    5.       There are many mentions in the Plan about resiliency but seemingly limited applicability in the plan;

    6.       Sea level rise is happening and is likely to accelerate.  The Plan needs to incorporate this fact in all rebuilding decisions, regardless of, and I quote the Plan “cost-effective and reasonably practical” decisions.  We must start to use factor-of-safety in design as does the Structural Engineering profession;

    7.       Voluntary buyouts must be available to all high risk/severe repetitive loss areas, even ones that produce tourism revenue, as looking to future, the economy is stronger with sustainability;

    8.       We need the state and NJ Department of Community Affairs to work with us to train local officials in natural hazard risk, specifically with the building code respect to the NFIP.  In anticipation of future events, we must have mutual aid program for local floodplain managers and construction officials to respond to impacted communities post disaster;

    9.       Important to the Post Sandy rebuilding, we need the NJDEP Flood Rule to be consistent with the National Flood Insurance Program.  The lack of consistency will cost homeowners;

    10.   Finally, countywide Hazard Mitigation Plans need more detailed mitigation projects with Benefit-Cost Analysis to maximize project eligibility when disaster funding becomes available in the future.

    For questions on NJAFM’s testimony, please contact John A. Miller, NJAFM Legislative Committee Chair at jmiller@princetonhydro or on his cell: 609-203-8935.

  • Monday, February 10, 2014 9:35 PM | Richard Franks

    Sandy victims should apply by April 18 for USDA-NRCS easement program

    Eligible New Jersey landowners impacted by Hurricane Sandy can apply now through April 18 for the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) second round of the Emergency Watershed Protection Program – Floodplain Easements (EWP-FPE). Through this emergency floodplain easement program, NRCS is able to purchase permanent easements on eligible lands and restore the area to natural conditions. “Floodplain easements are a long-term solution to provide relief for landowners while preventing future damage from flooding,” NRCS State Conservationist Carrie Mosley said. A healthy floodplain enhances fish and wildlife habitat, water quality, flood water retention and ground water recharge while making it more resilient to flooding.

    For more details please click below:

    2nd round EWP-FPE NJ News Release

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