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  • Friday, January 20, 2012 10:13 AM | Anonymous

    The COMET Program is pleased to announce the publication of "Community Tsunami Preparedness: 2nd Edition". This 6-hour module is intended primarily for emergency managers in coastal communities that could be impacted by a tsunami. In addition to discussing the science behind tsunamis, their formation, and their hazards, the module provides an overview of forecast products and tools that emergency managers can use to help prepare their communities for these threats.

    The first version of the module was released in May, 2011. This 2nd edition provides new information about regional tsunami risks, evacuations, and the recovery process. In addition, a new section contains video interviews with Crescent City, CA officials who describe what it was like to prepare for the March 11, 2011 tsunami and what lessons can be shared with other coastal emergency managers.

    The module also contains links to extensive Reference and Resources sections. The latter provides tsunami PowerPoint presentations for each major U.S. region (Atlantic Coast, Gulf Coast, West Coast, Hawaii and Pacific Islands, Alaska, and Caribbean) that can be downloaded and customized for a particular location or need.

    Please follow this link to start the module:

    For those of you not familiar with the COMET Program, it is totally free, sponsored by the National Weather Service.  The only obligation is that you will have to create a username and password.  Once you are in the website you'll see many other training modules for environmental and geo-sciences too besides this new one for tsunamis.  The ones on floods are top notch.  ~Patti Wnek, Service Coordination Hydrologist, NOAA, National Weather Service, Middle Atlantic River Forecast Center

  • Wednesday, January 11, 2012 3:17 PM | Craig Wenger (Administrator)
    Click HERE for a great explanation of storm surge!
  • Thursday, December 29, 2011 11:41 AM | Craig Wenger (Administrator)
    Great Opportunity to work with New Jersey's Flooding problems

    Civil Engineering Trainee_Overview.pdf
  • Tuesday, December 27, 2011 1:02 PM | Anonymous

    Ever wonder what the differences are between FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and storm surge maps published through Hurricane Evacuation Studies (HESs)? The Maryland Silver Jackets Team, in a collaborative effort with FEMA, USACE, and NOAA, have developed a white paper that discusses the differences between these map products and how they can be used.

    The paper is aimed at local, state, and federal government staff who work with one or both types of maps. Note that while the paper is somewhat specific to work being done within FEMA Region III, the description of the differences between the two products is relevant broadly to the Atlantic and Gulf coasts.

    Please direct questions about this white paper to:
    Christopher Penney
    US Army Corps of Engineers
    Baltimore District- Planning Division
    410-962-2941 Fax: 410-962-2948

  • Friday, December 16, 2011 11:43 AM | Anonymous

    FEMA's Request for Comments on Levee Mapping Procedures
    Deadline: January 30, 2012

    FEMA has released its proposed new levee mapping approach for mapping areas behind levees that are not accredited. This was in response to concerns about the "without levee" mapping approach.  A fact sheet, the Federal Register notice, and the proposed approach are all posted on the ASFPM website for your use.


    Action Items

    If you are able, please share this information with your communities specifically impacted by the Levee Mapping procedure. A list of communities by state where the levee mapping process has been put on hold until the procedure is in place can be found on the ASFPM website here. When sharing this information and to request comments, we suggest using a link, as many firewalls will filter out the documents since they are large.


    There is a tight time line for submitting review comments.  Due to the tight time line, and the holiday period, please be sure to submit your comments to FEMA no later than January 30th, 2012. If you are able to make comments and submit them, please copy ASFPM and send your comments to as well.



    New Levee Approach and Public Review Factsheet

  • Friday, April 08, 2011 2:13 PM | Craig Wenger (Administrator)

    SAME New Jersey Post

    Regional Contracting Opportunities 2011

    Thursday 28 April 2011 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Community Center
    , 2705 East Arnold Avenue, McGuire AFB

    Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ



    Sponsorship opportunities still available – consider sponsoring the event even if you can’t attend.


    Speakers include:

    • ·        LTC Catherine Roberts-Lassiter, LG – Commander/Director of Contracting, MICC U.S. Army Reserves

    Center, Ft. Dix

    • ·        COL John Boulé – Commander & District Engineer, USACE New York District
    • ·        Lidjia Erazo, Deputy Contracting Officer & SADBU – McGuire AFB
    • ·        LTC Michael Lyons, Director of Construction & Facility Management -- NJ Dept of Military & Veterans


    • ·        Michael Scarano, Deputy District Engineer for Programs and Project Management – USACE

    Afghanistan District

    • ·        John Sclesky, Base Engineer – Dover AFB
    • ·        J.L Contreras LCDR, CEC, USN - Public Works Officer, Naval Weapons Station Earle           

    The following firms have generously sponsored this event:







    Ensign Engineering, P.C.

    Enviroscapes, Inc.




    Hatch Mott MacDonald

    Homeland Security Construction Corp.


    Kennon Surveying Services, Inc.

    KS Engineers, P.C.


    Promatech, Inc.

    PS&S Global, LLC

    Ram Tech Systems, Inc

    Sevenson Environmental Services, Inc.

    SPG Solar

    The Louis Berger Group, Inc

    TTI Environmental, Inc.

    VJ Associates

  • Friday, April 01, 2011 1:41 PM | Craig Wenger (Administrator)

    FEMA recently announced that they are changing their mapping approach of “without levee” analysis. This change is due to the political pressure from Congress asking that FEMA discontinue the National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP) use of “without levee” analysis when the levee structure does not meet the regulatory requirements for accreditation and an affected community objects to such analysis in favor of more precise methods of flood modeling.


    FEMA has now included this topic as an important consideration in their ongoing NFIP Reform efforts, while exploring short-term resolutions.  In addition, FEMA will replace the “without levee” modeling approach with a suite of methodologies that are technically sound, credible, and cost-effective.


    FEMA recently produced two publications dealing with FEMA’s approach and treatment of levees.  These FEMA publications can be downloaded from the ASFPM website at

  • Friday, March 18, 2011 11:52 AM | Craig Wenger (Administrator)
    For details Click HERE 

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