FAQs on Post-Sandy Flood Elevation Standards posted
As New Jersey begins to rebuild from Hurricane Sandy, there is a critical need for clear and accurate information that will help the public and local officials make good decisions about reconstructing damaged structures. On Jan. 24, the state adopted emergency amendments to New Jersey Flood Hazard Area Control Act rules. The amendments set minimum elevation standardsfor reconstruction of structures in flood zones.
The Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Community Affairs havedeveloped a list of Frequently Asked Questions to help local officials and the public better understand the benefits of elevating, guidelines explaining who the rule affects, and tips for getting started. It is our hope that journalists will take a few minutes to review the FAQs and consider using them as a basis for stories.
The updated FAQs may be found under Featured Topics on the DEP’s home page or by clicking:http://www.nj.gov/dep/special/hurricane-sandy/docs/abfes-faq-20130212.pdf
The Governor’s Office news release announcing the emergency rule is available at:www.nj.gov/dep/newsrel/2013/13_0006.htm
The rule may be accessed through the press release or by clicking:http://www.nj.gov/dep/docs/20130124flood-hazard-emergency-rule.pdf
The DEP and DCA are eager to assist you in any way, including setting up interviews withexperts who can answer any detailed questions you may have. DEP’s expertise is focused on therule itself and the elevation standards, which are based on the Federal Emergency ManagementAgency’s new Advisory Base Flood Elevation (ABFE) maps. DCA can provide expertise onconstruction codes and standards.If you have questions or would like to arrange an interview, please Lawrence Hajna in the DEPpress office at (609) 984-1795 or DCA Public Information Director Lisa Ryan at (609) 292-6550.