What a shocker. And they say the FEMA issue isn’t a political one.
More details forthcoming.
Head on over to the Bayshore Senior Center in Keansburg, on Main Street.
FEMA officials and representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will address residents’ concerns one-on-one.
Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J. will also be attending, as will other elected officials (assumably, as some have made it a point to keep up with this issue).
I’m looking forward to seeing residents voice their concerns. I’m also looking forward to FEMA’s “formal presentation” around 6 p.m.
I wonder if it’ll be anything I haven’t heard yet.
I just received a press release from Barbara Lynch, the Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) Region II External Affairs Specialist.
I’m interested to see how this process is going to pan out in the Bayshore. My guess is that the fun will really kick off this Friday during the FEMA Open House.
FEMA, External Affairs
N.J. Department of Environmental Protection
FLOOD MAP APPEAL PERIOD OPENS JUNE 11
Officials and residents have 90 Days to submit applications; process to be detailed at June 13 open house
NEW YORK – June 9 – Monmouth County residents and local community officials who want to challenge the new flood zone designation will have 90 days from June 11 to submit their appeals, state and federal officials announced Friday.
Details about the risk for flooding as reflected on the new digital flood maps, the map appeal process, the flood insurance program and other information will be provided at the countywide Open House to be held June 13 at the Bayshore Senior Center in Keansburg, officials said. National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and Map Modernization information is also available at the FEMA Web site, http://www.fema.gov.
“The fundamental purpose of these preliminary maps is to identify properties that are at risk for flooding,” said Michael J. Dabney, Division Director for Mitigation for FEMA, Region II, which includes New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. “If residents can provide technical documentation that their home has a specific elevation or surrounding topography that mitigates that risk, we want to know.”
To appeal the new, preliminary digital maps, local officials and residents must submit technical or scientific data pertaining to the proposed Base Flood Elevations. A Base Flood Elevation (BFE) is the projected level water is anticipated to rise in a flood that has a one percent chance of happening in any given year.
“Community feedback is part of the process,” Dabney said. “We welcome hard data that will help us revise or amend the maps so they more accurately reflect the ‘facts on the ground.’ “
Individual homeowners who think there may be a problem with the Base Flood Elevation as shown on the new map should contact local officials who may have technical data that could assist them with this process. Factors that could be considered in an appeal include such things as storm water management systems, drainage systems, culverts or hydraulic analysis.
The new digital flood maps are the result of a 2003 Congressional mandate known as “Map Modernization,” which will ultimately update the nation’s flood maps for 92 percent of the country’s population.
FEMA coordinates the federal government’s role in preparing for, responding to and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man made, including acts of terrorism.
Assemblywoman Amy Handlin, R-District 13, is featured online in an article by Jim McConville of The Asbury Park Press.
Basically, Handlin does not think the approximately six-hour Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Open House at the Keansburg Senior Center on Friday, June 13, is “enough.”
I’m beginning to think Amy should just go work for FEMA, considering she’s so “concerned” about the way the agency operates.
I also think Handlin is doing residents a disservice by criticizing the agency who is willing to help. Albeit, it took a few weeks. But, as Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-N.J., said, these things take time.
Then again, she’s just trying to buy more time for her petition that FEMA representatives have said several times is nothing more than a collection of signatures.
And only about 1,300 signatures at that. I guess Handlin has a screening process, considering there are at least 4,300 new residences affected by the updated Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), including about 1,800 in both Keansburg and Middletown, respectively.
Handlin thinks the meeting would be better suited for Middletown. Of course she would, she has screaming authority there. Being the meeting is in Keansburg, the assemblywoman has no platform, therefore no say. Also no respect, in my opinion.
Overall, another sad attempt by Amy Handlin to take the public’s eyes away from the fact that Pallone has done something good for the Bayshore. His efforts, as well as other pieces of legislation supported by senators Robert Menendez and Frank Lautenberg, both D-N.J., are the actions that will truly affect the area.
As to having a “series” of these meetings: What do you want, FEMA for breakfast, lunch and dinner? Take a chill pill, the meetings are going to come. And if not, I’m sure every Monmouth County resident can rest assured knowing AMY HANDLIN will bug the brains out of FEMA until the agency shows up.
From the APP:
“That has been the story of our lives for many weeks,” Handlin said. “FEMA has been distinctly unresponsive, but at least they’ve finally seemed to open the door a crack.”
Actually, the agency’s door has been open for the past few weeks. Wide open, really. I’ve been able to call FEMA on an almost-daily basis and speak to an actual person. And, get this: I’ve had my questions answered.
Maybe Handlin hasn’t done enough? Or maybe FEMA officials aren’t returning her calls?
Gee, where have I heard that story before.
PHOTO: The only shot my camera could take of Amy Handlin during her petition drive in Union Beach, weeks ago. That was when she claimed she had almost 1,000 signatures and was just about ready to “hand deliver” her petition to FEMA. (Melissa L. Gaffney)
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.