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Toms River Wants Residents To Participate In FEMA "Hazard Mitigation" Program

If homeowners wish to participate in the program, they are advised to complete the form on the township web page and include all the required information by Feb. 5

Toms River will participate in FEMA's "Hazard Mitigation Program," township officials say.

The township will be submitting a "letter of intent" to Ocean County, as required by FEMA, advising the the state Office of Emergency Management of the township’s intention to participate in the program.

If homeowners wish to participate in the program, they are advised to complete the form on the township web page and include all the required information by Feb. 5.

Once complete and accepted, the form will be automatically sent to the appropriate program managers and homeowners will receive a confirmation email with contact information in it. Prior to completing the form, homeowners need to be aware of the following, officials say:

  • This is a “competitive” program and funds for the entire program will be limited to a statewide maximum amount, which has not yet been determined.
  • No criteria has been established thus far to determine funding priorities either.
  • There is no individual maximum amount you can apply for; however, the reality is that funding will be limited for the program ,and it is likely that a large percentage of residents will not be able to receive funding once the money runs out statewide.

For homeowners considering raising their homes, FEMA has advised that, in order to qualify, you would have to raise your home to the base flood elevation (BFE) shown in the FEMA “Advisory” Base Flood Elevation maps issued in December.

Under the current FEMA guidelines, funds are not available for demolition/rebuilding of homes.

For more information, please see www.tomsrivertownship.com in the Hurricane Sandy Information Section on the upper left hand side of the page. Click on Hazard Mitigation Program.

barbara January 12, 2013 at 12:50 AM
i don't get this.....we have already begun to repair our home that was totaled in toms river, yea, i realize we may have to raise it, but my son rents it and i have 6 family members living here with me in seniorville. FEMA did not help us at all, thankfully i had flood ins which i hope covers all repairs, but if we have to raise we are screwed. my homeowners which i never put a claim in dropped us 4 days after sandy and now it gonna cost me almost triple just for hazard ins on the house. so sick of this, do i apply for this or is it just more wast of my time? just want our lives back.
jeff miller January 13, 2013 at 02:23 AM
does anyone know about the raising of all homes?? someone told me theres an application about you have to raise our house?? im almost ready to rebuild. but what happens if im told i have to raise the house???
Tonysoprano_62 January 13, 2013 at 02:41 AM
go to the toms river township website it's on there. If your property sustained fifty percent of the land improvement value of your property meaning the 2012 assessed value of your home only you will probably need to raise your house or pay a much higher premium for flood insurance. You may also be required to raise your house under the new ABFE guidelines set by FEMA, You may also be eligible for the mitigation grant offered on the website along with up to 30k from ICC.
barbara January 13, 2013 at 10:56 PM
geesh, thanks. can't take much more of this, i gonna crack......

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