Hurricanes and Flood Information
Be Floodsmart - Reduce Your Risk
- Learn your flood risk. Properties that are not located within high-risk areas can also flood. Find out your flood risk right now by entering your address using Federal Emergency Management Agency's One-Step Flood Risk Profile. Insurance agents can also help assess your risk.
- Plan for evacuation. Plan and practice a flood evacuation route, ask someone out of state to be your "family contact" in an emergency and make sure everyone knows the contact's address and phone number.
- Move important objects and papers to a safe place. Store your valuables where they can't get damaged.
- Conduct a thorough home inventory. Thorough documentation of your belongings will help you file your flood insurance claim. For more information, visit www.knowyourstuff.org.
- Build an emergency supply kit. Food, bottled water, first aid supplies, medicines and a battery-operated radio should be ready to go when you are. Visit www.ready.gov for a disaster supply checklist.
- Reduce your flood risk through home improvements. Learn about ways to lower your risk of sewer backup, electrical problems, basement flooding and other flood-related issues.
Talk with your insurance agent about your flood insurance options. If you live in a high-risk area and carry a mortgage from a federally regulated or insured lender, you are required to purchase a flood insurance policy. If your property is located in a low - to moderate-risk flood zone, you may be eligible for a low-cost Preferred Risk Policy, which can start as low as $119 a year.
Learn how to prepare for floods, how to purchase a flood insurance policy and the benefits of protecting your property against flooding by accessing FloodSmart's website.
Purchase a flood insurance policy. Most homeowners insurance does not cover floods and there is a 30 -day wait before a policy becomes effective. If you already have a flood policy, remember: your policy needs to be renewed each year.
- Flooding costs New Jersey. In the past five years, (2003–2008), insured flood losses in New Jersey totaled approximately $266 million
- More New Jersey residents are now flood insured.
- Since April 2007, flood insurance policies in New Jersey have increased by 4.6%, to more than 225,000 policies as of April 2008.
- However, many New Jersey households remain at risk. There are more than 3 million households in New Jersey (2000 U.S. Census), but just 225,171 insurance policies in effect. Only seven percent of the state’s households are covered.
- Source: National Flood Insurance Program
Hurricanes & Flooding in New Jersey
New Jersey has experienced flooding due to severe storms, hurricanes and tropical depressions. The majority of the State’s floods in the past five years have occurred during the spring and summer months. Since 2000, New Jersey has experienced five federally declared disasters due to flooding.
Hurricane Ivan crashed ashore in July 2004 and quickly became a category five hurricane. New Jersey residents were hit with intense rains, causing millions of dollars in damages to homes and businesses.
Most recently, the spring floods of April 2007 covered New Jersey in almost a foot of rain. Extensive flooding destroyed land and property, causing every county in New Jersey to be declared a federal disaster area.
Click HERE for information regarding the Somerset County Flood Mitigation Program.
Clerk HERE for FEMA Elevation Certificate Form and Instructions
Click HERE for the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management Website
Clerk HERE for the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Website
Click HERE for River Gauges for the Millstone River
Click HERE for River Gauges for the Raritan River
Click HERE for Somerset County Department of Health
Click HERE for Somerset County Emergency Management
Click HERE for Sustainable Raritan River Initiative Website
Click HERE for Rutgers Impervious Cover Assessment
Click HERE for FEMA Second Story Conversion Fact Sheet
Did you fill out a Blue Acres application?
- BeFloodReady - Flood Siren Monthly Test
- BeFloodReady - Basement flooding and purchase flood insurance
- Be Flood Ready Volunteer to Help Your Fellow Residents
- 2016-1175 - Manville Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance (PDF)
- 2017 Community Rating System Annual Recertification (PDF)
- Blue Acres-Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
- Flood Protection Information (PDF)
- Mandatory Purchase of Flood Insurance (PDF)
- Manville Flood Map (PDF)
- Sandy Blue Acres Buyouts - Land Use Guidance (PDF)
- Home Elevation Regulations Per FEMA (PDF)
- Hazard Mitigation Status Past Projects 2014 (PDF)
- Hurricane Survival Guide for New Jersey
Flood Protection Information
- Above the Flood Elevating Your Floodprone House
- Answers to Questions About the NFIP
- Elevated Residential Structures
- Protecting Manufactured Homes from Floods and Other Hazards
- Protecting Building Utitliy Systems From Flood Damage
- Protecting Floodplain Resources
- Reducing Damage from Localized Flooding