Video: Stop FEMA Now Talks Flood Maps

The resident-led organization wants to challenge FEMA's flood maps.

Grassroots organization Stop FEMA Now held a recent meeting in Toms River to discuss the Federal Emergency Management Agency's new advisory base flood elevation maps and their implications for residents along New Jersey's coast. 

Though the combination meet and great and rally ended early after being shut down by police because of safety concerns due to overcrowding of the meeting location, residents were able to share concerns and some answers regarding the flood maps. 

proud February 24, 2013 at 10:58 AM
['A loss for everybody': Communities start cleanup ... - CNN.com www.cnn.com/.../tropical-weather-sandyOct 31, 212 – "We are not going to tolerate red tape, we are not going to tolerate bureaucracy,"...] Thank you Mr. President
Rich Wieland February 24, 2013 at 02:05 PM
Both political parties passed the Biggert-Waters Act of 2012, which is bailing out FEMA from its Katrina debt at our expense (and 18%-25% of the US in its expanding flood zones) -- and feeding the bureaucracy that gave us inaccurate maps, over-reaching elevation mandates and exorbitant annual insurance costs. FEMA inflicted more damage on the Shore than Superstorm Sandy!
proud February 24, 2013 at 03:06 PM
lucille February 24, 2013 at 03:58 PM
did anyone see christie got the highest poll ever for reelection guess they didnt take that poll down shore
lucille February 24, 2013 at 03:59 PM
I have an empty house in little egg harbor if u want to use it for meetings
wookfish February 24, 2013 at 04:14 PM
yep, the Katrina debt...not enough minorities involved this time..wake-up white people, you're on your own
Chris February 24, 2013 at 11:47 PM
I have been saying this for a while now...1) You are on you'r own& 2) Christie is only going to help his rich political buddies in the towns he want too. Forget about the regular little people.
proud February 25, 2013 at 12:04 AM
@ Chris, we may be on our own, but there IS strength in numbers--as in number of votes. That is what every politician covets. Let's let every one of them, from the municipal council members all the way to the White House know that YOUR vote is in jeopardy if THEY don't do something about the coveting of OUR property. One letter isn't going to do it, but hundreds or thousands will. This compliant "it is what it is" coming from politicians up and down the food chain (see:feeding frenzy) is "unacceptable to me", and it should be to YOU. Please : www.stopfemanow.com
Hank Kerchef February 25, 2013 at 10:23 AM
its amazing hot the townships and the states love to ruin peoples lives even more. Enforce communist rule on people and their homes with no choices.
Dave February 25, 2013 at 02:40 PM
This is just another ploy for the government to take your property. I can't figure out why voters want government to take care of them but yet complain when they can't follow government rules and regulations. Wake up people!
Martin February 25, 2013 at 02:41 PM
There's talk of a class-action suit by bayside and mainland property owners who were flooded by Sandy and could be hit again. No one's ocean view is more important than our personal safety and our most important assets -- our homes. Building dunes and replenishing beaches would be CHEAPER and MORE EFFECTIVE than raising tens of thousands of homes for a few billion dollars. It's physically impossible to raise many homes, even if each owner had a spare $100,000 lying around. That, and the alternative of $30,000-a-year insurance premiums, would result in mass abandonment of the Shore. FEMA has created another multi-billion-dollar bungle! FEMA is expanding flood zones. Near rivers, lakes, bays, coast-to-coast, up to 25% of Americans will be in its bureaucratic jurisdiction -- with similar “overkill” rules and expenses -- unless we Stop FEMA Now. Facebook.com/StopFemaNow ==> Next meeting March 9th, 3 PM <== at a bigger site to accommodate the crowd. Bring a friend.
Squandered Youth February 25, 2013 at 08:25 PM
"Stop FEMA" is a great rallying cry, but we need a more specific dialog about how we want to stop increased flood insurance premiums from altering the essential character of the shore. We all suspect ABFE elevations are too high and too much "global warming" margin has been built into rates, but it is going to be hard to win hydrology or actuarial disputes against a federal agency that will hold the hearings and can use either ABFEs or rates to drive premiums. Ideally, I'd like to wake up to find that ABFE was just a bad dream and we only have to worry about rebuilding, but given the budget realities that created Biggert-Waters, I'm not sure that even a motivated Governor Christie could get FEMA to back down that far - although it would be good to see him try. The most direct approach to limiting the damage FEMA can do is putting a cap on NFIP premiums of, say 0.6% of insured value, or $2100. This will not perpetuate irresponsible construction, as if and when cumulative damage reaches 50% of a property's value, it still must be rebuilt to new codes and standards, but at a time when the cost of compliance would be marginal during new construction, not a $50k expense imposed on every homeowner. If a home doesn't suffer substantial damage, there really isn't a reason to raise its premiums. And it wouldn't hurt to put some of the money saved on house-raising to solving the real problems of building robust dunes.
Irina February 25, 2013 at 08:44 PM
There should be a class action suit initiated. The mainland would never have been flooded if it wasn't for the elite and selfish who don't want to ruin their views with those pesky dunes. I hope FEMA comes in builds dunes, bills the elite and selfish to the breaking point. Even better yet Eminent Domain the entire barrier Island and make one big park. Charge admission like at Sandy Hook. As for the FEMA maps....leave them alone. As it stands right now they missed me by 2 blocks.
proud February 25, 2013 at 10:47 PM
@Squandered Youth, as usual your logic is impeccable.I think you would make a great spokesperson for www.stopfemanow.com
Floodgate February 26, 2013 at 01:52 AM
He's on to something
Martin February 26, 2013 at 04:24 PM
Why isn't Christie having FEMA do this in NJ? I'd take 105% of my pre-flood value in a second! "Gov. Cuomo said yesterday that 169 of 192 residents of Staten Island’s storm devastated Oakwood Beach have taken him up on his offer to buy out their Sandy-ravaged homes. "The people who live in the battered neighborhood have been enticed by a deal that will pay them 100 percent of their damaged home’s prestorm market value — plus 5 percent if the homeowners stay on Staten Island, Cuomo said. The feds will pick up 75 percent of the tab."
George Mazurkiewicz February 26, 2013 at 10:46 PM
Do we live in Russia or the USA?
D Venditto March 03, 2013 at 10:14 PM
As a person who has been to many flooded areas in the state I am shocked at the damage but more shocked the subsiquent over reaction by FEMA. People who were not damaged by the storm now find themselves in the dreaded "V" zone. This zone is several feet higher than neighboring "A" zones and have "draconian" building restrictions. Granted homes along the ocean where storm surge velocity is a factor should be rebuilt to the V specifications. But homes on Barnegat Bay, where tidal flooding is the greatest threat should not be so severly restricted. It is causing upheaval with peoples plans to move forward, not to mention insurance fees and property values down the road. People of the shore, my heart is with you
Spooner March 03, 2013 at 11:16 PM
The Waters-Biggert law and the accompanying updated maps are nothing more than to extract more tax money in the name of additional premiums to help reduce FEMA's red ink that just got enlarged with the passage of the $50B Sandy bill. You don't here not one politico down in Washington opposing this rip-off...Where's Boehner's outrage over this additional revenue going into Obama's coffers!
Donald Jodice March 07, 2013 at 03:59 PM
How do i become part of the STOP FEMA NOW group. Im an ortley beach resident and to say that im frustrated with all that is going on is an understatement. The only progress i have been seeing and reading about is the rebuilding of the area boarwalks and the businesses located on them. Asbury Park, Point Pleasant, Seaside. Can somebody tell our Govener NOBODY LIVES ON THE BOARDWALK!!!! The Govener should bemore proactive and focused on the residents and with the rebuilding of homes and communities. Start going after the Insurance companys that are trying to nickle and dime the people hat have PAID thier flood insurance for many years. And finally stop the ridiculas rules that FEMA is imposing on the home owners to be compiant with.
Kim E March 12, 2013 at 09:02 PM
Donald, To join us, just go to stopfemanow.com or visit and like us on Facebook!!! Tell your friends.......


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