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  • 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 www.fema.gov and www.ResilienceChallenge.org.

  • 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)
    IMMEDIATE RELEASE:      
    Sept. 25, 2012

    CONTACT: Lawrence Hajna       (609) 984-1795
                       Lawrence Ragonese (609) 292-2994 
                       Bob Considine             (609) 984-1795
      
    CHRISTIE ADMINISTRATION PROVIDES COMMON SENSE SOLUTION THAT WILL HELP LOCAL
    GOVERNMENTS RECEIVE HURRICANE IRENE DISASTER AID 

    (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
    structures. 

    For information on how to apply, eligibility requirements, FAQs, the
    Administrative Order and other information, visit:
    http://www.nj.gov/dep/landuse/announce.html#a20120925
  • Friday, September 14, 2012 9:02 AM | Craig Wenger (Administrator)
    Western Carolina University's Storm Surge Viewer for Developed Shorelines - http://stormsurge.wcu.edu/

  • Friday, August 31, 2012 10:32 AM | Anonymous

    NJAFM Offers Student Scholarships to its 8th Annual Floodplain Management Conference! For more information on the scholarship and to apply, click here.

    Deadline: September 15, 2012

  • Friday, August 24, 2012 8:58 AM | Craig Wenger (Administrator)
    Go to the NJAFM Documents Page to see the most recent Newsletter.
  • Monday, August 20, 2012 11:35 AM | Anonymous

    The State of Pennsylvania is offering the four day FEMA-EMI 273 course:  Managing Floodplain Development through the National Flood Insurance Program, on September 17 - 20, 2012 at Sayre, PA.

    This is the same as the E-273 course typically offered in at FEMA's Emergency Management Institute at Emmitsburg, MD.  There are currently about 20 class openings. Sayre, PA is located right on the New York border adjacent to Waverly, Tioga County, NY.  It is accessible from NY Route 17/I-86, just east of Elmira.

    To register for the CFM exam, you need to apply and submit a fee separately with the Association of State Floodplain Managers at www.floods.org.   For the class registration form and information, click here.


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