FEMA Flood Maps in NJ: FAQ Guide
FEMA Flood Maps FAQ
The State of New Jersey recently released a brief list of Frequently Asked Questions based on the FEMA flood maps and rebuilding questions many homeowners have had.
The FEMA flood maps are still a very gray area for most people, and nothing is really finalized yet. This is why we urge all homeowners and business owners to consult with their town and with their local contractor when weighing their options of whether to rebuild or not, how much they have to raise their house, etc.
The guide touches on the following questions…
Do I have to elevate my home and/or build to new construction standards?
What is the definition of substantial damage?
To what elevation must I rebuild?
Should I wait to see if the FEMA flood maps change before rebuilding?
What happens when they finalize the FEMA flood maps?
What’s the difference between A-Zone and V-Zone?
Is there an appeals process?
Benefits of elevating a home if you’re not required?
You can view the full FEMA flood maps document HERE.
And if you’re a small business owner, you can read our small business rebuilding guide that goes into a lot more detail on these questions and more.
There is no one guide or resource to consult when considering rebuilding your home or business. There is a lot of information out there and it’s difficult to discern what exactly you need to do. We have a resources page that we keep up to date with the latest information, including grants, regulations, FEMA flood maps, and more.
Again, if you have a local reliable contractor, he or she will be able to guide you a bit in this process. Contractors are on the ground every day and they have a good handle on all of this information.