MAPS ARE KEY TO INSURANCE RATES FOR PROPERTY OWNERS
The Federal Emergency Management Agency plans to release its long-awaited revised preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (pFIRMs) for Morris County on July 28, 2017.
After the revised pFIRMS are released, meetings with the public will be scheduled by FEMA. The formal 90-day appeal period is expected to begin in the fall.
Once finalized and adopted, these new maps will be used to review development plans countywide. They will be key to determining if flood insurance is required and the rates that property owners will pay to the National Flood Insurance Program.
In addition, the maps will help determine eligibility for disaster relief and mitigation funding, and will offer the best source of data for understanding flood risk in communities, especially when considering future development.
Until the new maps are adopted, the existing ones will remain in effect.
When the new FEMA maps are posted later this month, Morris County will post them at https://morriscountynj.gov/planning/firms. The maps will also be available through the Harding Township web page at www.hardingnj.org once they are released for public input.
The proposed new flood maps will be the standard of flood risk determination for many years.
As such, Morris County encourages flood-affected municipalities and property owners to monitor the upcoming map-adoption process, attend soon-to-be-announced public meetings, and to request changes if you believe the maps to be inaccurate.
Homeowners should make map revision requests to their municipalities, which will convey the information to FEMA.
The aforementioned Morris County website currently provides links to view initial maps, information about the map adoption process, and a myriad of resources available, including and contact information for officials at the federal and local levels. Specific pages are dedicated to municipal officials and homeowners.
To speak directly to a FEMA map specialist, call (877) FEMA MAP (1-877-336-2627) from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Questions also can be emailed to FEMA’s Mapping Center at FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com, or to Jennifer McCulloch, Morris County Flood Mitigation Program Coordinator at email@example.com