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  • Wednesday, June 02, 2010 11:10 AM | Anonymous

    Oklahoma City, OK, May 20th, 2010The New Jersey Association for Floodplain Management (NJAFM) was presented the John Ivey Award for Superior Efforts in Certification at the 2010 national conference of the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM). This recognition was celebrated with 1,100 ASFPM national and state chapter members at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.

    In 2001, the ASFPM Board of Directors established the John Ivey Award to recognize individuals or organizations that demonstrate outstanding efforts to encourage the certification of floodplain managers.  NJAFM Chair Joseph Ruggeri and Training Committee Chair Cleighton Smith proudly accepted the award on behalf of the New Jersey non-profit. “This award is a great honor, and we are thrilled to be nationally recognized for our commitment to training and increasing the number of Certified Floodplain Managers (CFMs) in the state of New Jersey,” said Ruggeri.

    Since its founding in 2006, NJAFM has focused on reducing the loss of life and property damage resulting from floods, while encouraging sound floodplain management at all levels of government. To help accomplish this goal, NJAFM has conducted CFM training sessions throughout the state. In addition, NJAFM recently awarded scholarships to 11 community officials to cover CFM training and exam costs and “this really got us national attention” Smith commented.   


    NJAFM’s efforts have generated impressive results. In 2005, there were only five CFMs in New Jersey.  In the past five years, CFM certifications have dramatically increased. Currently there are 119 CFMs in the state, largely due to the active role NJAFM has played in promoting training and certification. During this same time period, the adjacent states of New York, Pennsylvania, and Delaware have also made use of the training courses held by NJAFM, and expanded their CFM enrollments in the process.  The up-to-date roster of CFMs for each state is posted at


    By having a Certified Floodplain Manager on staff, local communities can better administer sound floodplain construction practices that are increasingly beneficial for downstream communities as well. Ultimately, increasing the number of communities with CFMs will improve the effectiveness of flood hazard avoidance and mitigation on a larger scale. After receiving the award, Ruggeri stated, “The John Ivey Award is a nice reminder of the tremendous progress we’ve made in such a short period of time, but there is still work to be done.” Over the years ahead, NJAFM is dedicated to continue the promotion of CFM certifications throughout New Jersey and the surrounding region.


    For more on NJAFM, please visit the Association’s website:


    For copy of press release, click here.

  • Tuesday, May 18, 2010 11:27 AM | Anonymous

    October 14 & 15, 2010

    Palace at Somerset Park in Somerset, NJ

    This Call for Presentations is your invitation to join a broad range of professionals in New Jersey to be part of a dialogue to address issues associated with floodplain and emergency management. The presentations and attendees will include elected officials, scientists, engineers, surveyors, regulators, code officials, emergency managers, insurance agents, real estate agents, land use board members, conservationists, public works managers and vendors. Concurrent sessions, plenary sessions, networking events and a comprehensive exposition of products and services provide an enticing forum for exchange of information.


    For more information, click here.


  • Friday, April 02, 2010 11:00 AM | Anonymous

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of New Jersey to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas struck by severe storms and flooding beginning on March 12, 2010, and continuing.

    Federal funding available to affected individuals in Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Essex, Gloucester, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, and Union Counties.

    Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

    Federal funding also is available to State and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms and flooding in the counties of Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Essex, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Passaic, and Somerset.

    Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

    William L. Vogel has been named as the federal coordinating officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. Vogel said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the State and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.

    FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

    Release Date: April 2, 2010
    Release Number:HQ-10-063

  • Thursday, April 01, 2010 2:07 PM | Anonymous

    Welcome to "Flooding Hazards and Floodplain Management"! This five-week online course will give you the background you need to help you understand flooding hazards and the regulations that govern building in a floodplain. Please read these instructions carefully so you are aware of the steps involved in ensuring you get credit for completion of the course.

    The course is divided into 5 different modules:

    1. An Overview and Forces of Floods on Buildings
    2. Floodplain Mapping
    3. Design and Construction Standards
    4. Administration of a Local Floodplain Program
    5. NJ DEP Land Use Regulations and Other Resources

    You will have 5-weeks to complete all the sections. You may do the course at your own pace (i.e. You can do it all in one day, over a few weeks period, or take all five weeks to complete decide).

    Each section consists of a Power Point Presentation (PDF or HTML depending on your internet connection speed) and a PDF notes page of that presentation that we encourage you to download to take notes on as you move through the modules.

    Within the Power Points are weblinks that you should click on! These links are provided for you so that you may familiarize yourself with the web-based information and resources that are available.

    At the end of each module you will be provided a weblink to a short quiz that will test the knowledge that you gained from that section. YOU MUST COMPLETE EACH OF THE QUIZES TO RECEIVE CREDIT FOR THE COURSE! We encourage you to use your notes and the PDFs to assist you in answering the questions.

    In order to receive credit for the course you must submit answers to all the web quizzes and the final course evaluation. We will notify you to confirm that you have successfully completed the course. Alternatively, we will also notify you if you have skipped one of the steps you need to ensure that you receive course credits

    If at anytime during the course you have questions, please feel free to contact Lisa Auermuller at or at 609-812-0649 X 204.

    Please click on the module that you wish to begin. We suggest that you go in the order that they are listed.

    1. An Overview and Forces of Floods on Buildings
    2. Floodplain Mapping
    3. Design and Construction Standards
    4. Administration of a Local Floodplain Program
    5. NJ DEP Land Use Regulations and Other Resources
  • Friday, January 01, 2010 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    The New Jersey Association for Floodplain Management (NJAFM) has begun its 2010 membership drive. Your membership is critical for NJAFM's continued success and development. Don't Delay...Become a member today!!!

    Become a Member or Renew!!!

  • Friday, January 01, 2010 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    The NJAFM is proud to announce that New Jersey has exceeded 100 Certified Floodplain Managers (CFMs)!!!

    Check out the New Jersey CFM List.

    For more information on the ASFPM CFM program, check out our CFM Certification page or the ASFPM website.

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