Community Officials – Know Your Risk, Know Your Role, Take Action!

The New Jersey/New York coastal flood study will result in updated Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), important tools that will provide a more accurate picture of flood risk in the region. You, as a community official, play an essential role in the map update process and in managing flood risk in your community.

Know Your Risk

Ocean Co., NJ Preliminary FIRM Data Viewer screenshot

New FIRMs are being developed to help you manage floodplain development in your community as a participant in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), and to determine flood insurance rates and requirements.

  • Be sure to thoroughly review the preliminary FIRMs distributed to you by FEMA and understand the changes proposed. You can also view the maps online or download GIS data.
  • Other flood risk tools designed to help you better understand and plan for flood risk in your community have also been developed. Learn more through the Flood Risk Tools page.

Know Your Role

As a community official, it is your responsibility to represent your community by actively engaging in the mapping process:

Take Action!

Two men look over a county flood map at an open house

By being an active participant in the mapping process, you can make informed decisions about steps your community can take to prepare for and reduce flood risk:

Resources for Community Officials

See the Resources for Community Officials page for a complete list of resources.

  • Frequently Asked Questions – Answers to frequently asked questions related to the coastal flood study, preliminary FIRMs, and more.
  • Community Officials Events Calendar – Information on meetings to review the preliminary FIRMs and other events will be added as it becomes available.
  • Document Library – List of materials featured on the Region II Coastal website, organized by topic.

Resources for Your Residents

See the Resources for Homeowners & Renters page for materials you can share with residents in your community.


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