Written by James Fitzpatrick Saturday, January 05, 2013 09:25 am
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Hurricane Sandy survivors looking to rebuild according to the most up to date flood safety standards can find the data they need online in new advisory base flood elevation maps published by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Advisory maps containing recommended building elevations are available for Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean and Union counties. To learn more, see the following web sites:
See www.region2coastal.com/sandy/table to view recommendations for a specific address in the counties with advisory maps.
Click here to show advisory base flood elevation maps for the state.
See www.region2coastal.com/site-news to subscribe to FEMA news about flood map updates.
See www.region2coastal.com/faqs for frequently asked questions about advisory maps.
See www.region2coastal.com/sandy/abfe to read more about the advisory map program.
Advisory maps show how high structures should be elevated to minimize damage from future flood events, based on the best available information. The maps show that portions of communities are in new flood zones, which may impact insurance rates and building practices.
For information on federal flood insurance see www.floodsmart.gov. You can also call (888) 379-9531 or contact your insurance agent.
FEMA provides flood insurance resources including publications and frequently asked questions online at www.fema.gov/nfip.
Communities are encouraged to adopt advisory base flood elevation maps to reduce future flood risk and to decrease the cost of flood insurance. FEMA advises that property owners should work with local building officials to fully understand all requirements to rebuild stronger, safer and smarter.
Contact your local officials if you have questions about advisory base flood elevation maps and how they affect you and your community.