This notification is to advise that FEMA has posted new files on the FEMA website for the Elevation Certificate and the Floodproofing Certificate for Non-Residential Structures that reflect a new expiration date of November 30, 2022.
You may access the forms at the following locations on the FEMA website:
- Elevation Certificate and Instructions: https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/do cuments/160
The file labeled Elevation Certificate Form Only is a fillable form.
- Floodproofing Certificate for Non-Residential Structures: https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/2748
Until further notice, since the only change to each form is the form expiration date, for NFIP insurance purposes the prior form with an expiration date of November 30, 2018, is acceptable and can be used for policy rating.
BOROUGH OF SHIP BOTTOM
INFORMATION IN THE EVENT OF A FLOOD EMERGENCY
This information is being sent to you as part of the requirements to give public information in the event of a flood emergency by the Borough of Ship Bottom. Our municipality is located in the 100-year floodplain and additionally located entirely in what FEM A (Federal Emergency Management Agency) labeled a special flood hazard area. A map depicting this information is available for perusal at Borough of Ship Bottom Construction Office, 1621 Long Beach Blvd and also at the Ocean County Public Library located in Surf City. The purpose of this notification is to inform you of the flood hazard associated with this area and suggest possible actions you can take to protect yourself and your property. This notice is not intended to frighten, but to inform the public. If you rent your property, please provide a copy of this notice to your tenants.
FLOOD HAZARD AREA
The 100-year Floodplain is the area that will be flooded on the average of once every 100 years. It has a 1% chance of being flooded in any given year. Put another way. it has about a 25% chance of being flooded over the life of a 30-year mortgage. Smaller floods have a greater chance of occurring in any year and can still create a significant flood hazard to people and property. Also, larger floods can and do occur.
Ship Bottom has developed a warning system for all areas within the community. Warnings will be disseminated by sirens, radio (WJRZ-100.1 FM, 1160 AM), TV, Comcast Cable TV, weather radio and by police and fire vehicles equipped with public address systems. The flood warning system is intended to provide up to twenty-four hour advance warning of a flood emergency.
Since you have received this information in the mail, you should he concerned about the flood hazard. There are several actions you can take to mitigate the flood hazard, including:
- SHUT OFF ELECTRIC AND GAS SERVICE.
- PLAN EARLY ESCAPE ROUTES TO ROUTE72 TO HIGHER GROUND. ROUTE 72 IS THE ONLY ROUTE OUT.
- DURING TIMES OF HEAVY RAINFALL. MONITOR THE LEVEL OF WATER IN THE AREA STAY TUNED TO RADIO OR TV FOR POSSIBLE FLOOD WATCHES AND WARNINGS.
- EVACUATE THE FLOOD HAZARD AREA IN TIMES OF IMPENDING FLOOD OR WHEN ADVISED TO DO SO BY POLICE OR FIRE DEPARTMENT. IT IS FOR YOUR SAFETY. ORDERS TO EVACUATE WILL BE ANNOUNCED BY SIRENS AND PUBLIC ADDRESS SYSTEMS MOUNTED ON POLICE AND FIRE VEHICLES.
- DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CROSS A FLOODED AREA ON FOOT OR BY CAR, IT MAY BE DEEPER THAN IT APPEARS.
- IF YOUR CAR STALLS IN HIGH WATER, ABANDON IT IMMEDIATELY AND SEEK HIGHER GROUND.
- KEEP CHILDREN AWAY FROM FLOOD WATERS, DITCHES, CULVERTS AND STORM DRAINS
- BE ESPECIALLY CAUTIOUS AT NIGHT You may also call 361-1000 in Long Beach Township for storm and emergency updates
The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) was created by Congress in 1968 to provide homeowners flood insurance at a reasonable cost. Keep in mind that standard homeowners policies do not cover flood losses. Depending on your coverage, location (flood hazard zone), and elevation of the structure, rates will vary. In the regular Federal Flood Insurance Program, coverage of up to $250,000 is available for residential dwellings, and up to $100,000 is available for contents. There is a 30-day waiting period before coverage goes into effect. Flood Insurance is required by law for federally financed loans when buying or improving structures. For more information on flood insurance call 1-800-427-4661. National Flood Insurance Program website is http://www.fema.gov/business/nfip/
PROPERTY PROTECTION MEASURES
During an emergency certain measures can he taken to protect your property from serious damage. Board windows or use masking tape to keep breaking windows from shattering. Move all loose outside objects and furniture to an enclosure to secure them. These objects can become deadly projectiles in a high wind. If you leave your home, turn off the electric and gas. Moving your furniture and personal objects to a second floor or lifting them off the floor will protect them from rising water.
If your property has had flood damage in the past and even if you have been fortunate enough to never have experienced a flood there are steps to take to give your house more protection in the future. Studies have shown that retrofitting (the practice of flood proofing, elevating, or otherwise modifying to protect from flood damage) can effectively reduce flood damage, especially from shallow, slow moving flooding. The best way to minimize flood damage is to raise your home so the lowest habitable floor is at or above your base flood elevation. Current cost estimates for this range from $25,000.00 to $35,000.00 and your flood insurance premiums could he significant he reduced. The inexpensive cast task of installing flood vents in your home can also reduce flood damage. Additional information can be obtained from several sources including the local building department: the Ocean County Library located in Surf City, The Floodplain Resource Center, Boulder Colorado (303) 492-6818 and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
FLOOD PLAIN DEVELOPMENT
Certain permits are required for all types of development and improvements. Before making improvements to your home or property, contact the Construction Code Office at 609-494-2171. You should contact the Construction Code Office immediately to report any illegal construction. The Construction Official can help guide you through the process for flood proofing and or raising your house.
SUBSTANTIAL IMPROVEMENTS REQUIREMENTS
The National Flood Insurance Program and the IRC and IBC adopted codes which your community complies with, I require that if the cost of reconstruction, rehabilitation, addition or other improvements to a building equals 50% of the buildings assessed value, then the building must meet the same construction requirements as a new building. Substantially damaged buildings must also be brought up to the same standards (e.g. a residence damaged so that the cost of repairs equals or exceed 50 of the buildings assessed value before it was damaged must he elevated above the base flood elevation). This requirement is enforced by the Local Construction Code Official.
DRAINAGE SYSTEM MAINTENANCE
Strict enforcement of the local Codes is crucial to maintain the family atmosphere we pride ourselves on. As a part of this, it is important to maintain our storm drainage system in order to keep storm water flowing freely through them. Ship Bottom has a drainage system maintenance program and any major blockage should be reported to the Borough Hall 494-1614. Additionally, the Borough has adopted and enforces regulations that prohibit the illegal dumping of material to the storm drain system. Do not sweep trash or yard clippings into the system and do not dump chemicals into the storm drains. Violators should be reported to the Ship Bottom Police Department at 609-494-1518 immediately.
NATURAL AND BENEFICIAL FUNCTIONS
Long Beach Island is considered a barrier island approximately one mile off the southern coast of New Jersey. In that context it is viewed as a barrier between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mainland, meaning that the Island will be sacrificed to protect the Mainland and those inhabitants and their property. Like most barrier islands along the eastern seaboard, the land slopes from a high elevation in the ocean-side dune area, 16-20 feet above mean sea level to an elevation of 3-4 feet bayside. The Borough is prone to flooding from hurricanes, tropical storms and nor’easters. The dunes are our first line of defense against the onslaught of the high incoming seas resulting from these storms. Beach dunes are the most important natural protection we have against the ocean. The dunes functionally serve to prevent the ocean from reaching property. Without the dunes, property would be subjected to frequent flooding and or total destruction. It is important to remember this and to protect the dunes. Preserving the dunes is of the utmost importance. The Borough maintains strict standards for dune restoration and preservation. Homeowners in this area are encouraged to erect dune fences, which help build up the dunes, and to plant dune grass which stabilizes them. Local, State and Federal building codes have since been established to protect the dunes, which in turn protect lives and property. The Borough of Ship Bottom municipal code section 12.12.070 restricts access to the beach and section 16.72.010 prohibits construction in beach dune areas and restricts removal of sand within the beach-dune area. The local building office can provide more information about laws which protect the dunes.
Additional information and or materials concerning the above topics is available from the Ocean County Library located in Surf City located at 217 S. Central Ave., Surf City, NJ 08008. Other sources of information are: Ship Bottom Building Department (609) 494-2171, The Floodplain Management Resource Center (303) 492-6818 HAZCTR@COLORADO.EDU, The Federal Emergency Management Agency (800) 638-6620 or your community National Flood Insurance Program Coordinator in Ship Bottom (609) 494-2171. Borough staff is available to undertake site visits, if requested, to review flood, drainage and sewer issues. Call the Borough Hall at 494-2171. The Borough has developed a web site with valuable information found off the home page under Flood Information at www.shipbottom.org.
FEMA maps may also be viewed at the Borough of Ship Bottom, 1621 Long Beach Blvd., Ship Bottom, NJ 08008. Staff is available to answer any questions.
Borough of Ship Bottom Community Rating System Coordinator: Susan Kilcheski, 609-494-2171 ext. 121
Flood Insurance information – call your insurance agent or 800-427-4661
Borough of Ship Bottom Construction and Zoning Office, 609-494-2171 ext. 121
Borough of Ship Bottom Public Works Department, 609-494-2171