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.

  • Tuesday, February 07, 2017 10:40 PM | Greg Westfall (Administrator)

    Registration is Open!

    Join us for a hands-on workshop that will give you the opportunity to apply new research on nature-based solutions to managing for coastal resilience.  Facilitated by research scientists, multi-disciplinary teams of workshop participants will use recently collected data and a suite of on-line tools to produce management plans for a local salt marsh site. 


    Two sites:

    March 14, 2017

    Jacques Cousteau Reserve, 130 Great Bay Blvd, Tuckerton, NJ

    9:30 AM - 3 PM

    Register here


    April 3, 2017

    Cumberland County College Conference Center, 3322 College Drive, Vineland, NJ

    9:30 AM - 3 PM

    Register here


    Space is limited! Great networking opportunity.

  • Friday, February 03, 2017 8:21 PM | Greg Westfall (Administrator)

    We are happy to announce a PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE for the NJ FRAMES project!

    Please find a "save the date" flyer below for our upcoming public open house kick-off event for the NJ-FRAMES project. This event is being designed specifically for members of the general public to learn about the NJ FRAMES planning process and provide some initial input into their priorities for the Two Rivers Region.  

    The open house will take place on February 23, 2017 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and will be held in the lobby of well-known Two River Theater in downtown Red Bank. Our open house format will allow participants to come and go at any point during the evening and will feature several stations for both information dissemination and public engagement. Activities will include:

    - A general background information booth on the scope and goals of the project, along with information about other public engagement opportunities

    - A more technical information booth with maps and technical reports

    - A keypad polling activity that will survey participants on their values and priorities for the region

    - A photo booth and social media station to help build energy and momentum around the project

    - A "Kids Corner" to make the event family-friendly and engage our youngest participants in the basics of ecology and resiliency of the region

    - and of course, refreshments!

    Save the date flyer is found here.

  • Wednesday, January 25, 2017 4:17 PM | Greg Westfall (Administrator)

    The CRS offers webinars to help communities understand and meet their CRS requirements. Many will be recorded, so they can be accessed later. Registration is free, but required, as space is limited. Some courses provide continuing education credits for Certified Floodplain Managers (CFMs). See The following one-hour topical webinars are on the calendar, and others will be scheduled. All webinars begin at 1:00 pm EST / 10:00 am PST.

    Ø  Introduction to the CRS— February 21, 2017

    Ø  Repetitive Loss Properties and the CRS— February 22, 2017

    Ø  Preparing for a Verification Visit (1 hour and 15 minutes)— March 21, 2017

    Ø  Changes in the 2017 CRS Coordinator’s Manual—   March 22, 2017

    Ø  The Role of the Community CRS Coordinator—   April 18, 2017

    Ø  Repetitive Loss Properties and the CRS—   April 19, 2017

    Ø  Introduction to the CRS—   May 16, 2017

    Ø  The CRS and Coastal Hazards— May 17, 2017

    Ø  Preparing for a Verification Visit (1 hour and 15 minutes) —   June 20, 2017

    Ø  Developing Outreach Projects for Activity 330 —   June 21, 2017

    Some other anticipated webinars include How FloodSmart Tools can help CRS Communities, Forming a Users Group, and Stormwater Management. If you’d like to have a webinar on the FEMA Elevation Certificate, or a particular CRS activity, contact your ISO/CRS Specialist.

  • Monday, January 09, 2017 4:54 PM | Greg Westfall (Administrator)

    The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) along with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Insurance Services Office (ISO) will be holding several informal workshop on the Community Rating System (CRS).  The CRS program is an optional portion of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) that allows community to go above and beyond the minimum requirements of the NFIP and, in exchange, receive discounts on flood insurance premiums for the communities’ policy holders.

    This CRS workshop will consist of a ½-day presentation on Wednesday, February 22nd from representatives of FEMA, ISO and NJDEP who administers the program under contract to FEMA.  Following the presentation there will be a question and answer session.   Program applications and other FEMA materials will be made available. 

     Should you have any questions regarding this workshop or to register, please contact Jim Watt at (609) 292-2296, or

    For further information go to:  CRS Workshop Avon-by-the-Sea

  • Tuesday, December 27, 2016 11:54 AM | Greg Westfall (Administrator)

    CRS Community coordinators are reminded that the latest on the status of the 2017 CRS Coordinator's Manual has been issued and can be found here.

  • Tuesday, November 29, 2016 10:41 AM | Greg Westfall (Administrator)

    The status of our drinking water infrastructure and proposed solutions are covered in this opinion piece by Jane Kenny and Mark Mauriello. 

  • Tuesday, November 22, 2016 4:08 PM | Greg Westfall (Administrator)

    Trout Unlimited, the US Forest Service and the US Fish & Wildlife Service are hosting 2 events in December focused on stream restoration, flood resiliency, disaster preparedness and post-disaster best management practices.  The purpose of these events is to provide stream restoration education to highway administrators, planning committees, local and state decision makers, and others who make decisions on the ground pre- and post-disaster.  For further information on date, time, location, registration and other information click here.  Specific information on the webinar and workshop is also available.

  • Saturday, November 19, 2016 10:23 PM | Greg Westfall (Administrator)

    A summary of the FEMA NYC Flood Map Appeal New Jersey meeting held on Thursday, November 3rd can be found here.

  • Saturday, November 19, 2016 10:14 PM | Greg Westfall (Administrator)

    The Rahway Watershed Association will be hosting its Holiday Party on Wednesday, December 7th from 7- 10 p.m.  For further information go to:


  • Saturday, November 19, 2016 9:12 PM | Greg Westfall (Administrator)

    This December 2, 2016 at 1 p.m. ET webinar will be presented by three professionals as they dive into APA's new PAS Report, Subdivision Design and Flood Hazard Areas. The discussion will begin with an overview of the drivers, issues, and standards of PAS 584In cooperation with the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM), the American Planning Association (APA) presents the ninth Planning Information Exchange (PIE) webinar. PIE is a free quarterly webinar series focusing on tools, best practices, and strategies on the role of hazard mitigation planning and its connections with recovery planning and preparedness.  For further information see: Subdivision Design Flood Hazard Areas Webinar.pdf  For registration go to:

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