I just received this press release from Barbara Lynch, who works in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s external affairs office.
FEMA, External Affairs
N.J. Deptartment of Environmental Protection
NEW FLOOD MAPS ON VIEW AT OPEN HOUSE
State, FEMA Officials Will Be On Hand To Answer Questions
June 13 at Bayshore Senior Center
NEW YORK – May 29 – Monmouth County residents are invited to review the county’s new, preliminary flood maps at an “open house” to be held at the Bayshore Senior Center on Friday, June 13.
The meeting is being hosted by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which developed the new maps in conjunction with Monmouth County flood plain managers and local officials.
From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., residents will be able to check their property’s risk for flooding on the new maps, find out what type of data is necessary for a successful appeal of their flood zone designation, and get information on the National Flood Insurance Program, state and federal officials said.
At 6 p.m. there will be a formal presentation on the Map Modernization process, a five year, $1 billion initiative mandated by Congress to provide new digitized maps for 92 percent of the country. This presentation will also include a background on the Global Positioning Systems (GPS) mapping technology used to develop the new community maps.
“We are very satisfied with these new maps,” said Michael J. Dabney, Mitigation Division Director for FEMA Region II, which covers New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. “GPS enables us to track elevations to within six inches, ensuring that these maps provide an extremely realistic assessment of the flood risks that people face.”
“People should know their risks, so that they can take steps to minimize those risks,” Dabney said. “That’s perhaps the maps’ most important application, although they are also crucial for mitigation planning, effective evacuation planning and sustainable development decisions.”
The Bayshore Senior Center is at 100 Main St., Keansburg, N.J.
FEMA coordinates the federal government’s role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.
Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., said he would be attending the open house, as did U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials.