New FEMA Flood Maps for Cape May Ready for Review. Open House Scheduled
Release Date: December 04, 2014
Do you know your flood risk? Local and County officials are hosting a Flood Risk Open House to provide citizens in Cape May County with an opportunity to learn more about newly updated flood maps, known as Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs). Both Cape May County and community officials, as well as NJDEP and FEMA representatives, will be on hand to answer citizens’ questions about the updated maps, the mapping process, flood risk, and flood insurance.
The Open House is scheduled for December 12th, 2014 at the Cape May Convention Hall, 714 Beach Avenue, Cape May, New Jersey 08204, from 4pm until 8pm. Residents will be able to locate their property on the updated maps and view the changes as compared to the current FIRM. Once residents view this information, they can talk to members of the flood hazard mapping team, flood insurance specialists, and local, county, and state officials about the maps, the process, and flood insurance.
Flooding is the number one natural disaster in this State. It is vital for property owners to understand their risk and take advantage of tools or programs available to them, including flood insurance, to help reduce flooding impacts. The new maps in Cape May County are an update of the existing FIRM, which dates back over 30 years in some places. The FIRM and the associated Flood Insurance Study (FIS) provide the basis for communicating and identifying risk and for floodplain management measures. Cape May County is required to adopt updated maps to continue participating in the NFIP, which makes flood insurance available to the community.
As a result of these map updates, some buildings in Cape May County may, for the first time, be included in a high-risk flood zone, known as the Special Flood Hazard Area, or SFHA. This may result in those affected property owners being required to purchase flood insurance.
For more information or to access the mapping portal where you can view the updated maps, visit http://www.region2coastal.com/preliminaryfirms .