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  • 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.


  • 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 -

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