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  • Monday, March 14, 2016 9:19 AM | Greg Westfall (Administrator)

    The 2016 AWRA Mid-Atlantic Conference, Solving Tomorrow’s Water Resource Challenges Today, is scheduled for September 15-16, 2016 Chase Center on the Riverfront, Wilmington, DE ( Presented by the Delaware Section-AWRA In conjunction with the New Jersey State, National Capitol Region, Pennsylvania State and Philadelphia Metropolitan Area Sections CALL FOR ABSTRACTS Abstracts are sought for oral presentations and posters relevant to the conference theme: “Solving Tomorrow’s Water Resource Challenges Today”. Abstracts will be selected for presentation based on their technical and policy merit, currency and relevance to conference topics (see below). The conference committee may invite an abstract submitted for an oral presentation to exhibit a poster if all presentation slots are filled. Presentation length will be strictly held to 25 minutes, with an additional 5 minutes for questions and answers. All conference presenters are required to register for the conference. The conference committee’s goal is a program that will include a wide-range of water resources topics to interest practitioners and researchers from a variety of disciplines. The area covered by the five AWRA Sections includes a wide variety of ecosystems ranging from rivers, streams and lakes to estuaries and oceans. Our goal is to provide an interesting and informative program that will provide attendees with lessons and tools to apply in their watersheds.   A Save the Date and Call for Abstracts is attached.   AWRAMidAtlanticConferenceCallforAbstracts.pdf                 AWRAMidAtlanticConferenceSave the Date Flyer - March Final.pdf

  • Friday, February 12, 2016 10:11 PM | Greg Westfall (Administrator)

    Gordon Announces Hearing on State’s Failed Application for Flood Protection Funding

    By Trish Graber | 02/08/16 4:12pm

    Gordon Announces Hearing on State’s Failed Application for Post-Sandy Flood Protection Funding


    TRENTON – Senator Bob Gordon today announced that the Senate Legislative Oversight Committee will hold a hearing Thursday to discuss the state’s application for federal flood protection funding that resulted in the state securing only $15 million of the more than $300 million requested. The application was submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for part of $1 billion made available to states through a competitive process for flood-mitigation funding. New York received over $200 million.


    “New Jersey’s storm protection needs are significant, and particularly in a post-Sandy era we need to do all we can to obtain available federal funding. The fact that we secured such a small amount of money compared to our neighbors in New York is concerning,” said Senator Gordon (D-Bergen/Passaic), chair of the Senate Legislative Oversight Committee. “We need to understand the process undertaken by the state to determine why certain flood protection projects were included in the application to the federal government, and how the application was prepared. There is no doubt that we are in desperate need of protection against future storm events and that should have been reflected in the final award of federal money. We need to know exactly what went wrong during this process.”

    New Jersey requested over $300 million in relief funding for projects including the construction of a berm, water pumping stations, and various restoration and flood mitigation projects in the Meadowlands, as well as a NJ Transit bus garage. The State’s application in the National Disaster Resilience Competition received a very low score, and New Jersey subsequently received only $15 million in federal funding. The committee will examine the process to get a better understanding of why New Jersey was awarded such a small portion of the available funds, particularly in light of the receipt of over $212 million between New York City and State of New York. The committee will also address HUD Secretary Julian Castro’s statement that NJ “submitted a weaker application on several measures.”

    Source: PolitickerNJ -

  • Wednesday, February 10, 2016 4:20 PM | Greg Westfall (Administrator)

    Join the Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) Water Resources Program to learn how to address the impacts of stormwater runoff in our communities using green infrastructure solutions. This conference will appeal to a broad range of constituents including planners, engineers, floodplain managers, environmental commissions, green teams, landscape architects, and more! This conference will also highlight efforts in the Raritan River Basin on the impacts of impervious surfaces such as roadways, parking lots, and buildings. We have requested continuing education credits for professional planners (APA), licensed landscape architects, floodplain managers, and public works managers; engineers can self-report CEUs for this conference (5 CECs for CFMs and 6 contact hrs for CPWMs are available).

    DATE: Friday, February 26, 2016

    TIME: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

    LOCATION: Middlesex County Fire Academy, 1001 Fire Academy Drive, Sayreville, NJ 08872

    COST: $25 Registration Fee*

    Please note, registration will close on Friday, February 19th at 11:00 pm EST.


  • Wednesday, February 03, 2016 10:04 PM | Greg Westfall (Administrator)

    The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will be hosting two workshops, given by the National Nonstructural/Flood Proofing Committee, to promote the use of nonstructural flood risk adaptive measures for reducing flood risk to residential, commercial and public property. There will be representatives from USACE, FEMA, and the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management in attendance to discuss nonstructural measures and to help answer your questions.   The workshops are to be held in Newport and Port Norris, NJ.  For further information see the attached.National Nonstructural Flood Proofing Committee NFPCWorkshops.docx

  • Sunday, January 24, 2016 7:09 PM | Greg Westfall (Administrator)

    Insurance Committee Member Alert: 

    FEMA released the updated Elevation Certificate and Floodproofing Certificate

    Jan. 22, 2016  

    Good Afternoon,

    For those who have not heard, FEMA released the updated Elevation Certificate and Floodproofing Certificate Jan. 6 via an NFIP Bulletin W-16002. Unfortunately, it has not yet been posted on FEMA's website nor did FEMA provide any indication of the changes made or when you must stop using the old ones.

    A review of differences between the new and old EC was recently completed by the ASFPM Insurance Committee Co-chairs (thanks John Gerber for taking the lead), and the following are some of the noticed differences:

    • The main one is the addition of Diagram 2B - Intended to address the situation where the bottom floor is below ground level (grade) on all sides. This is generally where the natural grade/fill is removed on one side to create an area that is often considered a walkout basement. The grade immediately adjacent to the structure on that one side may be at or below the bottom floor, however, since the area was dug out, the LAG must be taken at the existing grade before the material was removed and not adjacent to the structure. 
    • The form is now on legal size paper
    • Currently, it is only in Adobe; there is no Word version. The Adobe pdf has some limitations. It can be opened in Adobe, and populated, but it cannot be saved (a warning notice pops up telling you that). If you want to save it, you must have Adobe Pro. Also, the photo section is a text field and you have to have Adobe Pro to convert it to an image field before pictures can be attached.
    • Page numbering starts on the cover sheet - 15 pages. On the old EC, page numbering started on the instructions page going from 1-9 and did not include the EC form.
    • Page 3 - added the statement at the top of the page: Copy all pages of this Elevation Certificate and all attachments for (1) community official, (2) Insurance agent/company, and (3) building owner.
    • The Property information inputted in Section A now auto-populates Section B3 and the subsequent pages where the property information is required. This is definitely a helpful improvement!
    • Section D, the certification page, was moved to the second page of the EC form. This may be an oversight by FEMA since the EC was modified years ago to include the certification on the first page to prevent the second page certification from being attached to incorrect or different first pages. Surveyors were finding their seal on the second page was stapled to multiple first pages that they did not actually complete.
    • In the "Comment" section, the following wording was added: including type of equipment and location. Per C2(e), if applicable

    There are a few other minor ones; however, if you see a major one that was missed, please alert the co-chairs at ( Meanwhile, look for future updates in the Insurance Corner of The Insider if additional guidance is provided by FEMA.

    Your humble Insurance Committee Co-chairs

    John Gerber and Bruce Bender

  • Sunday, January 24, 2016 7:05 PM | Greg Westfall (Administrator)

    New Elevation Certificate and Floodproofing Forms

    We have been waiting a long time for the new FEMA Elevation Certificate and Floodproofing Forms to be approved by the Office of Management and Budget and I’m pleased to say it’s finally happened!  Both forms have expiration dates of 11/30/2018.  You will notice many formatting changes as well as a new building diagram on the Elevation Certificate depicting walkout basements.  They have not yet been posted to the FEMA Library but you can download both forms at:  and should start using them immediately.


  • Monday, January 11, 2016 8:50 AM | Greg Westfall (Administrator)

    NJAFM members are encouraged to attend the New Jersey Society of Professional Land Surveyors (NJSPLS) Conference, SurvCon 2016 at their member rate as a result of a partnership agreement between the two organizations.  The Conference is to be held at Bally’s in Atlantic City, NJ from Wednesday, February 3rd through Friday, February 5th.   3.5 Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) continuing education credits will be available for each of the following courses:

    Course # 4: Update on Flood Insurance & Floodplain Management

    Wednesday, 2/3/2016 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM  

    Presenter: Tom Little, CFM, Smart Vent Products, Inc., Risk Reduction Plus Group, Inc


    Course # 9:  New Jersey Tidelands Claims

    Wednesday, 2/3/2016 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Presenter: Edward C. Eastman, Esq.


    Course # 14:  Wetlands Basics for Surveyors

    Thursday, 2/4/2016 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Presenter: Vincent Creevy, PLS


    Course # 21: How Do the Pieces Fit? A Guide to FEMA, FIRMS & NFIP

    Friday, 2/5/2016 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Presenter: J. Andrew Martin, CFM Mitigation Outreach FEMA Region II

    Further information on the Conference can be found at:


    HOTEL INFORMATION: The NJSPLS room rate is just $65.00per room in Bally’s Tower.  These rooms are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. SurvCon guests will also receive complimentary Internet access in their hotel room and on the conference floor. Hotel reservations can be made directly with Ballys by calling:  888-516-2215 (24 hours a day, seven days a week) and state that you are with the New Jersey Society of Professional Land Surveyors and use ** GROUP CODE:  SBO1LN6** to receive the group rate.


    Registration for NJAFM members at the NJSPLS member rate CANNOT be done online and can only be done by using the registration form and scanning and e-mailing or via fax.  Be sure to indicate that you are a member of NJAFM on your registration form. We hope to see you in Atlantic City!

    E-mail is:

    Fax Number: 1-888-475-1858

  • Friday, January 08, 2016 7:02 AM | Greg Westfall (Administrator)

    The Emergency Management Institute National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Maryland is offering a course on Integrating Emergency Management Education into Your Institution.

    This course is an interactive workshop designed to assist minority and minority-serving institutions of higher education (IHEs) in establishing or enhancing Emergency Management (EM) courses or programs in their institutions. It addresses issues unique to them, and begins the process of identifying and overcoming institutional roadblocks to increasing their schools’ EM-related offerings. 

    Alternative dates of the course offering and other information can be found in the attached file.     

    EMI -E0390 Integrating Emergency Management Education into Your Institution.pdf

  • Monday, December 28, 2015 8:56 PM | Greg Westfall (Administrator)


    NFIP Training is Now Available Online!

    The NFIP offers free online courses in basic and advanced flood insurance topics through the FEMA Emergency Management Institute.NFIP Training courses are free and open to anyone. Click on a link below to begin your self study course. 


    Basic Agent Tutorial
    With the introduction of the Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 and the Homeowner Affordability Act of 2014, it is critical for agents to refresh their knowledge of the NFIP. The
     Basic Agent Tutorial presents the fundamentals, including zones, coverage, loss settlement, and underwriting rating concepts such as the FEMA Elevation Certificate. The course covers all training topics mandated by the Flood Insurance Reform Act (FIRA) of 2004.

    Theory of Elevation Rating
    This specialized course is appropriate for those with a basic understanding of the FEMA Elevation Certificate and who are ready to tackle advanced topics in elevation rating for A and V zones. Important rating considerations in high-risk zones are discussed and demonstrated including the Lowest Floor Elevation, machinery and equipment, and whether the building is with or without obstruction.

    Insuring Condominiums
    With a growing number of condominium developments throughout the US, particularly in the most flood-prone states, insurance agents can expand their book of condominium business by writing coverage through the NFIP.
    Insuring Condominiums provides a broad overview of the different ways that condominiums can be insured through the Program. Short video segments guide insurance agents through the key elements they need to know to effectively write condominium exposures.

    Writing Commercial Exposures
    Insurance agents regularly view the NFIP as an outlet to write personal lines exposures for their clients, but they may not be aware of additional opportunities to cover their policyholders’ commercial exposures.
     Writing Commercial Exposures provides practical insights designed to assist agents with identifying, targeting, and writing commercial risks through the National Flood Insurance Program.

    Coastal Barrier Resources Act
    In an effort to minimize loss of human life and future flood damage as well as protect our nation’s natural resources, the Coastal Barrier Resources Act restricts development in the Coastal Barrier Resources System (CBRS) and Otherwise Protected Areas (OPAs) by prohibiting all federal expenditures and financial assistance, including flood insurance, for residential and commercial development in the identified areas. The
     Coastal Barrier Resources Act course takes insurance agents through identifying protected areas on the Flood Insurance Rate Map and reviews the significance of the CBRS designation date and the building’s date of construction or improvement. Understanding these important elements will assist agents in determining eligibility for flood insurance.



    NFIP Claims Review for Adjusters
    New and experienced adjusters seeking the necessary knowledge and skill to adjust claims for the NFIP will find
     NFIP Claims Review for Adjusters, formerly a 7-hour classroom presentation, essential for adjusting NFIP claims. This course defines the role, standards, and necessary requirements to adjust claims within the NFIP. In addition, it offers an overview of the Standard Flood Insurance Policy through a step-by-step outline of the similarities and contrasts found in the Dwelling Form, General Property Form, and the Residential Condominium Building Association Policy. With a focus on providing excellent customer service, this course also identifies common errors and adjustment issues where special attention is needed to ensure a high level of quality in the claims settlement process.

    Adjuster Customer Service
    Adjusters are among the first responders to interact with policyholders after a flood and therefore play a critical role in representing the NFIP. Due to the traumatic nature of a flooding event, adjusters must create and maintain a customer-centric focus during each interaction with the policyholder.
    Adjuster Customer Service provides guidance on using empathy, sincerity, friendliness, and other skills to communicate effectively with policyholders. The course reviews the attributes of excellent customer service and aids the adjuster in building positive rapport with each policyholder.

    Introduction to Flood Claims
    NFIP flood losses and loss settlements are particularly specialized. To adjust NFIP claims, a flood adjuster must be qualified and must complete the process of becoming an NFIP certified adjuster. NFIP adjusters achieve levels of authority based on flood adjusting experience and knowledge of the Program.
     Introduction to Flood Claims provides an overview of adjusting NFIP claims and reviews the NFIP Standard Flood Insurance Policy.

    Understanding Basement Coverage
    Due to coverage limitations, adjusting claims in buildings with basements can be challenging.
     Understanding Basement Coverage reviews key characteristics of basement buildings and discusses covered and non-covered building and personal property items located in basement buildings. The course concludes with a review of special adjustment issues.

    Introduction to Commercial Claims
    Introduction to Commercial Claims reviews the General Property Form as it relates to both small and large commercial claims, and provides a review of certification requirements, adjuster authority, documentation requirements, and adjustment standards and requirements. Knowledge in each of these areas is fundamental to meeting Program requirements for flood adjusters. The course presents two case studies that reflect real world flood adjusting experiences and challenge the learner to apply flood adjusting concepts involving policy limits, reserve estimating, and coverage restrictions.



    Elevation Certificate for Surveyors
    The FEMA Elevation Certificate is an administrative tool of the NFIP which is used to provide elevation information necessary to ensure compliance with community floodplain management ordinances, to determine the proper insurance premium rate, or support a request for a Letter of Map Amendment.
     Elevation Certificate for Surveyors provides necessary information and resources for surveyors, engineers, architects, and community officials to understand how to properly complete the Elevation Certificate. In addition to a fundamental overview, this course offers advanced topics such as Engineered Flood Openings, Floodproofing, and V Zone Design Certificates.



    Increased Cost of Compliance
    After severe flooding, local communities must assess a building’s damage to assure compliance with local floodplain management ordinance provisions. Before building repair or reconstruction is permitted, it may be necessary to require certain measures to reduce future flood damage. Increased Cost of Compliance (ICC) coverage is available under the NFIP Standard Flood Insurance Policy to assist policyholders with the cost to comply with these requirements. The
     Increased Cost of Compliance course provides an overview of ICC coverage and eligibility and takes the learner through the claims process to gain a better understanding of this important coverage benefit.

    EC Made Easy: Elevation Certificate Overview
    Do you know when the FEMA Elevation Certificate is required, optional, or not needed to rate NFIP flood insurance premiums?
     EC Made Easy: Elevation Certificate Overview will guide you through the purpose of the Elevation Certificate, aid you in locating a certifying professional, and provide details on properly completing and interpreting the Elevation Certificate. This course assists insurance agents and other professionals in learning the basics of the Elevation Certificate and identifying the impact flood risk has on flood insurance costs.

    FEMA Mapping Changes
    All NFIP stakeholders will benefit from this course, which provides a practical look at how changes to FEMA flood maps affect property owners, insurance agents, lending institutions, and others.
     FEMA Mapping Changesexplores the impact of map changes through a series of self-guided interactive exercises designed to assist learners with navigating through mapping changes as they occur.





    PLEASE NOTE: These courses are NOT approved for continuing education (CE) credit by any State Department of Insurance.

    Upon successfully passing the exam, you will receive a Certificate of Achievement noting CE earned through IACET ( Each hour of instruction completed earns 0.1 CE units through IACET. If you are taking a FEMA EMI Independent Study course to earn CE, be sure to confirm in advance that your professional board or other preferred accrediting entity will accept IACET CE. You can also check IACET's website for a list of entities that accept IACET CE: FEMA accepts IACET CE.

    EMI Independent Study course exams now require a FEMA Student Identification (SID) Number. You can register for an SID at


  • Wednesday, December 16, 2015 6:09 PM | Greg Westfall (Administrator)
    The US Army Corps of Engineers will be sponsoring a floodproofing workshop for Cumberland County to be held Thursday Feb 18 and Sat Feb 20. The Thursday session will run from 6:30-8:30 PM with a Q/A and breakout session from 8:30-9:00PM at the Downe Township Hall.
    The Saturday session will be held from 12:00-12:30PM meet and greet 12:30-3:00 Workshop and 3:00-4:00PM Q/A breakout session at the Bayshore Center in Bivalve.   CFM continuing education credits (CECs) will be  available for attendance at the 2/18 training (2 CECs) and the 2/20 training (3.5 CECs).For further information contact:

    Eric T Majusiak
    Hydraulic Engineer
    USACE Philadephia

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