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  • Tuesday, April 05, 2016 3:53 PM | Greg Westfall (Administrator)

    NJAFM Members,

    Attached is announcement from the Jacques Cousteau Reserve and the New Jersey Association for Floodplain Management (NJAFM) regarding a course on Leveraging Tools for Conducting Damage Assessments.      The course takes place on June 1st (Ocean County) and June 3rd (Monmouth County).

    The scope of this course is to provide a review of damage assessment, the importance of providing quick and accurate assessments, and an opportunity to review and practice with tools to assist in conducting damage assessments.  The course will also review various disaster damage assessment processes, collaborating agencies, and resources.

    Participants will discuss and develop a damage assessment action plan in order to ensure that resources are in place for an adequate response, followed by a hands-on exercise using various tools and software to collect damage assessments. 

    For further information and registration see the attached.

    Leveraging Tools for Conducting Damage Assessments.docx

  • Thursday, March 31, 2016 4:23 PM | Greg Westfall (Administrator)

    June 3, 2016 • 8:30 AM -1:00 PM James. J. Florio Special Events Forum at the Rutgers University Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy 33 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08825  

    Climate change presents serious challenges to public health in New Jersey as well as in the United States and around world. The multidimensional impacts of projected climate change include direct health effects of more frequent, intense, and longer-lasting heat waves that also worsen risks of drought, wildfire, and air pollution risks; increasing heavy rain events, more intense storms, and changes in precipitation patterns that lead to drought and ecosystem changes, and rising sea levels that intensify coastal flooding and storm surge. The workshop will provide an overview of how a changing climate may affect human health, the latest research on public health implications of climate change, and leading efforts around the U.S. to prepare public health professionals and agencies to address impacts from climate change. A panel of New Jersey public health practitioners will discuss challenges and opportunities and lay out possible next steps for action in New Jersey.  Find the Conference website at:

    For further information go to:  ClimateandPublicHealth.pdf

  • Monday, March 14, 2016 9:49 AM | Greg Westfall (Administrator)

    This year will bring another routine update and revision of the CRS Coordinator’s Manual, the all-purpose reference and guidance document for the Community Rating System. The current, 2013 edition of the Coordinator’s Manual is effective until the end of this calendar year. Between now and then, minor updates are being made and it will be subject to review by the Office of Management and Budget. It is expected that a new edition will become effective early in 2017 and be in force for three years, as usual.

    No major alterations are in store this cycle. Instead, attention is being paid to the following:

    ---Language that has been deemed potentially confusing or contradictory is being clarified, with an eye toward making the guidelines and instructions easier to understand.

    ---Corrections are being made to typographical errors and other minor matters, such as incorrect section numbering or mistakes in cross-references.

    ---All references to and links to sources of information and further assistance—both within the CRS and among outside entities—are being updated.

    ---The credit criteria and scoring details for flood-related special hazards (tsunami, coastal erosion, ice jams, etc.) are being moved from the separate supplements into the Coordinator’s Manual. Having all this information in one place will make it more convenient for both the communities and the CRS team.


    FEMA and the CRS Task Force welcome suggestions for needed clarifications and corrections. Mention them to your ISO/CRS Specialist or send an email to

  • Monday, March 14, 2016 9:27 AM | Greg Westfall (Administrator)

    Please help us spread the word, and share the following announcement regarding the 2016 FEMA Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) grants, with your local floodplain administrators, municipal coordinators  and other interested parties.  The Fiscal Year 2016 application period will be open starting March 15, 2016 and applicants must apply for either grant via the Mitigation eGrants system located on the FEMA portal:   

    All complete applications are due to NJOEM (through e-grants) by COB May 13, 2016.  NJOEM Mitigation Unit staff must review, revise and coordinate with other State agencies before submitting final complete application packages through the Attorney General’s office prior to the June 15, 2016 FEMA deadline. We encourage all applicants to submit applications through e-grants as early as possible due to the short timeframe and turnaround of applications.


    FMA:  In FY 2016 the total amount of funds distributed under the FY 2016 FMA Grant Program will be $199 million.

    PDM:   In FY 2016 the total amount of funds distributed under the FY 2016 PDM Grant Program will be $90 million.


    These grants are competitive nationwide and are open to all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Federally-recognized Native American Tribal governments, American Samoa, Guam, Norther Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Local Governments are considered sub-applicants and must apply to their applicant state/territory.

    Funding Guidelines/Application Submission and Review Process/Evaluation Criteria:

    Please pay close attention to the important information set forth in the below in the attached FEMA Fact Sheets/Notice of Funding Opportunity links for the PDM/FMA 2016 open period.

    FY16 FMA Fact Sheet.pdf

    FY16 PDM Fact Sheet.pdf

    FMA-PDM - Hazard Mitigation Grants.pdf

    FY 2016 FMA NOFO.pdf

    FY 2016 PDM NOFO.pdf

    *Applications are due to NJOEM through e-grants by COB May 13, 2016 (e-grants)

    Thank you for your interest in hazard mitigation in New Jersey.  If you have any questions, please contact the Mitigation Unit at (609) 963-6900 X 6208 or 

  • 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.


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