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September 3, 2014

Re: I. “A Decade of Progress” the 10th Annual NJAFM Conference, October 14 – 16
II. New Jersey League of Municipalities session on the FEMA Community Rating

Dear Mayor:

I want to alert you to two important upcoming conferences that will be of great benefit to your staff, especially those involved with floodplain management and insurance, code enforcement and recovery from Hurricane Sandy and other events that have caused flooding in New Jersey. 

I. “A Decade of Progress” the 10th Annual NJAFM Conference, October 14 – 16

The New Jersey Association for Floodplain Management’s 10th Annual Conference, titled “A Decade of Progress,” will take place in October.  It will provide an opportunity to educate professionals in the fields of governance, code enforcement, floodplain management, emergency management, planning and the technical trades of engineering, hydrology and geology, through a series of Plenary and topical Concurrent Sessions. 

Over the past 10 years, the New Jersey Association for Floodplain Management (NJAFM) has worked diligently to train and educate municipal officials and residents, to advocate for sound floodplain management policy, and to mitigate the adverse impacts of storms and floods.  While significant contributions have been made to improved floodplain management over the past decade, much work remains to be done.  NJAFM has partnered with the League in progressing public safety, building and infrastructure security, securing a lasting tax base and maintaining a vibrant local economy by reducing future damages.

This year’s conference will provide an opportunity to review the progress that has been made, identify the ongoing challenges we all face, and to focus on the important work at hand. The conference will feature a wide range of presentations and information regarding the ongoing recovery from Hurricane Sandy, optional in-depth courses, networking events and a host of technical presentations regarding pre-and post-storm planning, flood mapping, regulations, code enforcement, flood insurance and hazard mitigation.  The keynote speaker on October 15 will be David Miller, Associate Administrator of FEMA’s Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration; in plain speak, he’s FEMA’s top regulatory, mitigation and flood insurance guy.

We encourage you to send officials that are dealing with flooding to take advantage of this premier conference, this year in Atlantic City – convenient for many that are still recovering from the worst of Hurricane Sandy. 

The New Jersey Association for Floodplain Management 10th Annual Conference “A Decade of Progress” will be held October 14, 15 & 16, 2014 at Bally’s -Atlantic City, NJ.  Local Official and Student Scholarships still available; Local Municipal Official Discounts for registration.  A copy of the full agenda is available at

Sessions include:

•Community Rating System (CRS), the “good driver” discount program for flood insurance, and how to keep flood insurance increases down
•Pre-storm preparedness, including how to address sea level rise, engineered dunes and beach renourishment
•Code enforcement and compliance with the National Flood Insurance Program
•Flood mapping and how to use the new Preliminary Maps
•Networking including learning what other municipalities are doing to mitigate flooding
•Enhanced planning tools that can mitigate future hazards and protect people and property from repetitive damages, costs and misery.

For more information or to register for the conference, please visit

II.  New Jersey League of Municipalities session on the FEMA Community Rating System

In addition to attending NJAFM’s Conference in October, you will want to join us in November at the New Jersey League of Municipalities Annual Conference for a  session called “FEMA’s Community Rating System: a Flood Insurance Discount Program” held Wednesday, November 19 starting at 3:45 pm.  This panel will be discussing the advantages of joining the voluntary “good driver” premium reduction program.  League President and Stone Harbor Mayor Suzanne Walters will lead the session and speak about Stone Harbor’s residents and businesses receiving a 25% discount on flood insurance; the Community Rating System saves New Jersey policyholders $25 million per year.  The NJLM and NJAFM have partnered for many years in a row to offer important advice in a Conference session – this one is a “can’t miss” as your learning will save money for your community members.

As we recover from Hurricane Sandy and prepare for future storms, your New Jersey League of Municipalities and the New Jersey Association for Floodplain Management are providing you the latest knowledge on how to mitigate flood risk.  We encourage you to take these opportunities to educate yourself.

Very truly yours,

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director



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