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  • Tuesday, October 23, 2012 4:10 PM | Craig Wenger (Administrator)

    The Office of Management and Budget approved the revised Elevation Certificate and Floodproofing Certificate with a new expiration date of July 31, 2015. The old forms that originally expired March 31, 2012 and were extended to July 31, 2012, may continue to be used until July 31, 2013.

    If you have any questions please contact your FEMA Regional Office or ISO/CRS Specialist.
  • Friday, October 19, 2012 3:50 PM | Craig Wenger (Administrator)

    E273: Managing Floodplain Development Through the NFIP
    FEMA's Emergency Management Institute (EMI)
    November 5-8, 2012

    There are still seats available for EMI's Fall E273 Managing Floodplain Development Through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) course offering November 5-8, 2012 at the beautiful Emmitsburg, MD campus. If you are a state or local government employee you may attend the training for FREE with all expenses covered except meals (meal tickets approx. $100/week). This 4 day course has been pre-approved for 12 core Continuing Education Credits (CECs) for CFMs.
    To Apply
    Act quickly - this course is less than one month away! Complete a FEMA Form 119-25-1, General Admissions Application with student signature and signature of supervisor or sponsoring agency official. Submit the application through the State emergency management training office who will fax it to the National Emergency Training Center (NETC) Admissions Office at (301) 447-1658. The need to attend this training must be documented in block 16 of the application.
    For more information, go to or contact the EMI Admissions Office at 301-447-1035.  
    This course is designed to provide an organized training opportunity for local officials responsible for administering their local floodplain management ordinance. The course will focus on the NFIP and concepts of floodplain management, maps and studies, ordinance administration, and the relationship between floodplain management and flood insurance.
    Continuing Education
    12 core CECs for CFMs
    3.1 CEUs
    Selection Criteria:Local officials responsible for administering local floodplain management ordinances, including but not limited to floodplain management administrators, building inspectors, code enforcement/zoning officers, planners, city/ county managers, attorneys, engineers, and public works officials. Federal/State/regional floodplain managers also are encouraged to attend. The course is designed for those officials with limited floodplain management experience. Attendance will be limited to two participants from any State for each offering. Participants should have less than 3 years of full-time experience in the field of floodplain management.
    Required Prerequisites:Participants must have knowledge of computers (basic Windows and spreadsheet programs). Participants must complete the following online tutorials:  
    1.        Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) tutorial at (30 minutes)  
    2.        Federal Insurance Studies (FIS) tutorial at (40 minutes) .
  • Friday, October 19, 2012 11:50 AM | Craig Wenger (Administrator)



    NHWC-Sponsored Live Broadcast

    Rescheduled Date: Tuesday, November 13th


    "Revised Credits For Flood Warning In the NFIP Community Rating System"


    Al W. Goodman, CFM and Consultant to CRS Task Force 

    David C. Curtis, NHWC President and Vice President, WEST Consultants, Inc.

    IMPORTANT CHANGES TO PREVIOUS ANNOUNCEMENT: In order to make this training opportunity available to the broadest audience of floodplain administrators, Certified Floodplain Managers, and others, the NHWC has decided to drop registration fees. We have also rescheduled the event to allow more time for this revised announcement to be distributed throughout all CRS communities.

    PURPOSE:  Credits for flood warning will be modified significantly in the upcoming revision of the NFIP Community Rating System Coordinators Manual. Useful information on these revised credits will be presented that could mean big savings for your flood insurance policy holders. Please plan on attending.

    START TIME: 11 AM ET / 8 AM PT


    REGISTRATION: FREE (However, participation is limited. So, register soon!)

    Certified Floodplain Managers (CFMs) who participate in the webinar will earn one Core Continuing Education Credit (CEC). 


    Mr. Al W. Goodman, Jr., CFM - Principal of AWG Consulting, LLC serves as a Consultant to FEMA’s National Floodplain Insurance Program’s Community Rating System Task Force. Before retiring this past year, Al was the Mississippi NFIP State Coordinator and served as the Chair of the Association of State Floodplain Managers from 2007-2009. Al lives in Brandon, Mississippi.

    Dr. David C. Curtis is the current President of the NHWC. Dave is also Vice President of WEST Consultants. For more than three decades, Dave has been involved in the design, development, and implementation of award-winning innovations in more than 50 automated environmental and flood monitoring systems across the US and in eighteen countries abroad. Dave lives in Folsom, California.


    The webinar agenda will include:

    • Background to the National Flood Insurance Program's (NFIP) Community Rating System (CRS) 600 Series: Warning and Response
    • Proposed changes to the CRS credits for flood warning & response, levees, and dams
    • Linkages between floodplain management and emergency management
    • CASE STUDY - What qualifies a Flood Warning System for earning CRS credits?

    Participants will gain knowledge that will increase their ability to help protect people and property from flood hazards. The communities, where participants live and work, will benefit from the added safety and resiliency. These communities will also gain economically as the various activities described in the training are implemented, credits are attained, and flood insurance premiums are reduced.

    Click here for more information and online registration.


    The National Hydrologic Warning Council (NHWC) mission is to support emergency and floodplain managers, and others in their understanding and use of real-time, quality hydrologic information from automated remote systems for the protection of lives, property, and the environment.


    To learn more, or, to join the NHWC, please visit our website 

  • Wednesday, October 10, 2012 2:16 PM | Anonymous

    FEMA’s 2012 Community Resilience Innovation Challenge

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    National Preparedness Month may be coming to a close, but as emergency managers, we know that preparedness is needed year-round in our communities. We are also keenly aware that a government-centric approach to disaster management is insufficient to meet the challenges posed by a catastrophic incident. To meet our preparedness goals, the whole community must be actively involved in all phases of the preparedness, response, and recovery cycle.

    On Thursday Sept. 27, 2012 we announced the start of the application period for the Community Resilience Innovation Challenge Opportunity. This new monetary opportunity is designed to continue to move community preparedness forward and assist local areas in building and revitalizing community-based partnerships to advance the nation’s resilience to disasters. Submissions will be accepted through Oct. 26.

    “The best resiliency ideas originate in our states and communities – not from Washington, DC,” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. “The goal of this program is to empower communities to collaborate and develop innovative ways to effectively respond to disasters.”

    Rockefeller Foundation and FEMA sponsor the Community Resilience Innovation Challenge Opportunity, which will be administered by the Los Angeles Emergency Preparedness Foundation, a third-party intermediary, to encourage local communities to engage in creative activities that enhance disaster resilience. Funding levels will range, with a maximum award of $35,000, and applications are open to most local, state, and tribal agencies and governments; business entities; associations; organizations and groups.

    Help spread the word in your communities and share additional information on the Challenge program criteria and application process that can be found at and

  • Wednesday, October 10, 2012 1:16 PM | Anonymous

    Army Corps releases history booklet on area with ongoing flood risk management work

    Posted 9/12/2012

    By Chris Gardner

    Archaeology and understanding the past are always important parts of any U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project, whether it’s something small or it’s a project as massive as flood risk management project the Corps is undertaking in the Green Brook Sub-Basin in New Jersey.

    In that spirit, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released a publication highlighting the history of the Bound Brook area where the flood risk reduction work is ongoing and ranges from building floodwalls, levees, gates and pump stations to raising bridges. The book is entitled “Where the Green Brook Meets the Raritan.”

    “We developed the publication as mitigation for the unavoidable impacts to two historic bridges, one that spanned the Green Brook and one over the Raritan River,” said supervisory Archaeologist Lynn Rakos, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District. “Together with the New Jersey State Historic Preservation Office we agreed that a publication for public distribution would be a way of sharing with the community the history of that area - where the Green Brook meets the Raritan.”

    The history includes not only information on the impacted bridges though, but looks at the project area’s past going all the way back thousands of years to the Sacunk Native American population.  This group was a subset of the Delaware, or Lenape, Indians who lived in the region prior to European settlement.

    It then looks at the subsequent history of the region and notes interesting sites within it up to present day.

    “Throughout the project area as a whole, which is a large area, are a number of interesting sites,” Rakos said. “In Bound Brook there was the 18th century community of Middle Brook where we got to excavate an early 19th century house site and a well that might have been associated with an 18th century stable. In the book are photos of the existing 18th century stone arch bridge which saw action in the Revolutionary War during the Battle Of Bound Brook on the 12th and 13th of April in 1777. The construction project avoided having any impact on this important historic structure.”

    The booklet is written and designed to be accessible to the general public and was distributed to various sites in the region.

    “Often the work that archaeologists do is written up in what we call the "grey literature" which is put on a shelf in an office and few people ever read about the work except other archaeologists,” Rakos said. “As we are doing work in a community and spending taxpayer dollars on that work we have to include an element of public outreach so that we can inform a greater audience on the history and archaeology that is sometimes quite literally in their backyards.”

    The booklet is also available online HERE in both English and Spanish as the last census shows Bound Brook having a 35 percent Hispanic population.

    The flood risk management work being undertaken by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is ongoing with construction in the Bound Brook portion near completion. Construction work has already begun on flood mitigation elements in the neighboring Boro of Middlesex as part of the massive project that will eventually provide flood risk management benefits to several communities throughout several counties. Click here for more information on the Green Brook flood risk management work.

  • Tuesday, September 25, 2012 3:05 PM | Craig Wenger (Administrator)
    Sept. 25, 2012

    CONTACT: Lawrence Hajna       (609) 984-1795
                       Lawrence Ragonese (609) 292-2994 
                       Bob Considine             (609) 984-1795

    (12/P108) TRENTON - Consistent with the Christie Administration's commitment
    to providing New Jersey residents with a more efficient government,
    Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin has signed an
    Administrative Order that eliminates unnecessary red tape and will allow
    local governments to receive money from FEMA for repairs or replacements of
    public infrastructure damaged by Hurricane Irene last year. Local
    governments will also save on unnecessary permit application and fee costs,
    thus saving taxpayers money.

    Under this streamlined process, government agencies must submit an inventory
    of all infrastructure damaged by Hurricane Irene for rapid review and
    approval by DEP.  These projects do not have significant environmental
    impacts because they entail replacing or repairing in-kind infrastructure,
    such as existing culverts, roads and bridge abutments. The Federal Emergency
    Management Agency, however, requires DEP approvals before releasing disaster
    aid earmarked for these projects. 
    "This streamlined process reflects the Christie Administration's commitment
    to responsive and commonsense government," Commissioner Martin said. "This
    will enable counties and municipalities to submit reimbursement requests and
    receive monies from FEMA for work they have already done and that they still
    need to do. At the same time, this will save local governments unnecessary
    costs and enable them to quickly finish the work that still needs to be done
    while protecting the environment." 

    The order applies only to projects that were begun under an emergency DEP
    authorization after the storm hit or those that are currently under way as a
    result of Irene. Local governments will be required to document the work
    done and submit a certification by an engineer that the infrastructure was
    replaced without any modifications.

    State Senator Steve Oroho, who serves the northwestern part of the state
    which was hit hard by the remnants of Hurricane Irene,  worked closely with
    the DEP and Sussex County officials to review state processes that were
    causing inefficiencies and delaying work without providing additional
    environmental benefits. He also served with Commissioner Martin on Governor
    Christie's Red Tape Review Group. 

    "This common sense solution is consistent with the recommendations of the
    Red Tape Review Group and provides much needed financial relief to local
    governments still dealing with the aftermath of Irene while still protecting
    the environment," Senator Oroho said.  "This order will save Sussex County
    significant permit fees alone and will help the county avoid other costs
    that matter a great deal during these tough budgetary times."
    Hurricane Irene pounded the state with heavy rains. It was one of the most
    devastating storms ever to hit New Jersey. Floodwaters washed out culverts,
    many of which pass under roadways, and scoured away embankments around
    bridge abutments. Governor Christie issued an Executive Order on Aug. 25,
    2011, declaring a state of emergency.

    Infrastructure covered by the Administrative Order includes public roads,
    railroads, culverts, bridges, utility lines, outfall structures, stormwater
    management basins, and bulkheads and similar shoreline management

    For information on how to apply, eligibility requirements, FAQs, the
    Administrative Order and other information, visit:
  • Friday, September 14, 2012 9:02 AM | Craig Wenger (Administrator)
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