News & Announcements Blog

This blog is about NJAFM News and Announcements. Posts can only be made by NJAFM Administrators, however comments to the posts can be made by all registered members. If you have an announcement that you would like posted to this blog, send the request to This blog is viewable by the public.

  • Sunday, June 19, 2016 12:30 PM | Greg Westfall (Administrator)

    A fillable version of the 2015 Elevation Certificate (EC) (FEMA Form 086-0-33) is now available on the FEMA website at   The PDF form has been enabled to be filled and saved using Adobe Reader. For insurance purposes, FEMA will continue to accept properly completed and certified elevation information, submitted on a different format than the FEMA EC, through December 31, 2016. After that date, all elevation information must be submitted using the FEMA EC. Note that in the future, no further transition periods will be provided when a new FEMA EC is approved. If you have any questions concerning the form, please contact the NFIP Bureau and Statistical Agent’s Underwriting Department at 

    Source:  Fillable 2015 Elevation Certificate Letter of 6/16/2016          Fillable 2015 Elevation Certificate Letter.pdf

  • Sunday, June 19, 2016 12:21 PM | Greg Westfall (Administrator)

    The Monmouth County Division of Planning and Monmouth County Office of Emergency Management in cooperation with the participating municipalities has been working with Monmouth University’s Urban Coast Institute, community stakeholders and businesses in helping to coordinate FEMA’s  HWM Program in the county.  Fourteen municipalities have passed resolutions of support indicating their interest in being part of this initiative.  The HWM Project is an extension of the county’s ongoing Community Rating System (CRS) Municipal Assistance Program.  FEMA has incentivized participation in the HWM Project by providing communities financial assistance toward the design, development and printing of signs.   The project will be launched on June 27th in Middletown.  For further information on the project contact Margaret Murnane Brooks at:

  • Saturday, June 18, 2016 6:12 PM | Greg Westfall (Administrator)

    This course addresses the professional application of the ubiquitous USDA NRCS Curve Number method. It does this by examining its origins, development, assumptions, performance and applications. Through this, it strengths, gaps, weaknesses, and needed modernizations are highlighted. Model sensitivity and comparison lessons to general rainfall-runoff hydrology are discussed. 

    The purpose of this Seminar is to clarify many misconceptions and significant inaccuracies in using the USDA NRCS Curve Number Method, and to initiate and promote professional awareness. The short course will help resolve and identify those issues. 

    The course is to be held on August 19, 2016 at the College of New Jersey (TCNJ), Ewing, NJ.  Eight (8) continuing education credits will be awarded.  To register contact:  Dr. Michael Horst at TCNJ at by August 12, 2016.

    For further information please see the attached announcement and abstract.  

    Curve Number Rainfall-Runoff Professional Applications Short Course Announcement.pdf

    Curve Number Rainfall-Runoff ProfessionalApplications.pdf

  • Thursday, May 19, 2016 8:17 PM | Greg Westfall (Administrator)

    The New Jersey Section of the ASCE Central Branch has announced four courses to be given in August 2016.  Two courses are using HEC-HMS and two other courses are on HEC-RAS.    Up to 40 Professional Development Hours (PDH) are available to maintain your Professional Engineer license. Courses will be given at the College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ.  The courses are as follows:

    Course 1: “Engineering Hydrology: Applications using HEC-HMS” August 1-3, 2016

    Course 2: “Advanced Engineering Hydrology” August 4-5, 2016

    Course 1: “HEC-RAS Introductory Course” August 8-10, 2016

    Course 2: “Unsteady Flow using HEC-RAS” August 11-12, 2016

    Further information is available on the attached fact sheets.                          HEC-HMS Course Announcement August 2016.pdf                                          HEC-RAS Course Announcement August 2016.pdf

  • Wednesday, April 20, 2016 6:04 PM | Greg Westfall (Administrator)

    This workshop (held at a north and south Jersey location) will review tools and actionable steps that communities can take to be more prepared and resilient to the impacts of climate change. The tools were developed and vetted by public, non-profit and academic partners throughout the state, including Sustainable Jersey’s Task Forces. As such, they represent some of the most current resiliency tools available to New Jersey municipalities. Topics to be covered include the NJ Municipal Resilience Cycle, coastal and tidally influenced vulnerability assessments, extreme temperature event plans, emergency preparedness self-assessments (“Getting to Resilience”), emergency communications for vulnerable populations, and more.

    The workshop is intended for planners, engineers, emergency managers, local officials, green teams and citizens and organizations interested in learning about local resiliency tools and actionable steps. You don’t need to be a Sustainable Jersey community to benefit from the workshop, although you’ll probably want to join the growing list of registered communities afterwards!  For further information see the attached file.

    May workshops Resiliency.pdf

  • Wednesday, April 20, 2016 3:42 PM | Greg Westfall (Administrator)

    New Jersey Association for Floodplain Management (NJAFM) is seeking an individual or consultant to provide Certified Floodplain Management (CFM) training during 2016.  Deadline for submitting a proposal is            May 1, 2016.  For further information on this opportunity please see the attached file.      CFMRFPRev.pdf

  • Monday, April 11, 2016 10:49 PM | Greg Westfall (Administrator)

    The revisions to the NFIP Flood Insurance Manual that became effective on April 1, 2016, have been posted for your reference in the FEMA Media Library at:

    Please contact the iService WYO Support Team at if you have any questions.

  • Monday, April 11, 2016 10:42 PM | Greg Westfall (Administrator)

    FEMA has announced its first Annual Report of the Office of the Flood Insurance Advocate (OFIA) that is now live on This report is being released publicly to further the OFIA’s goal of transparency and is available on the OFIA webpage. The OFIA identified five trends that present opportunities for program improvement: the lack of actionable data, Increased Cost of Compliance (ICC), the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 (HFIAA) surcharge, issuance of prior-term refunds, and information related to floodproofing. The trends identified in this report emerged from the inquiries submitted to the Office this past year and represent areas of concern that impact a broad population of National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) customers. The NFIP program areas were provided an opportunity to respond to these findings and responses are included in the report. The OFIA is an independent office within FEMA with direct alignment to the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (FIMA) Associate Administrator and the FEMA Administrator. The OFIA will make this report and subsequent reports available via its webpage. The mission of the OFIA is to advocate for the fair treatment of policyholders and property owners by providing education and guidance on all aspects of the NFIP, identifying trends affecting the public, and making recommendations for program improvements to FEMA leadership. The report is at: The

    OFIA can be reached by email at

  • Saturday, April 09, 2016 3:02 PM | Greg Westfall (Administrator)

    NJ Department of Homeland Security will be offering a free two day course on this subject on April 12th and 13th at the Middlesex County Fire Academy in Sayreville.  For more information please see attached.

    Disaster Mgt for Water and Wastewater Utilities.pdf

  • Tuesday, April 05, 2016 4:11 PM | Greg Westfall (Administrator)

    Spring stream cleanups in the Millstone and Raritan Rivers are announced in the attached.


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