MORRISTOWN, NJ -  Home owners who are interested in finding out more about their specific flood risks are invited to two Open Houses being run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDOE).

The Open Houses will take place on November 8  from 4pm - 8pm at the Morris County Public Safety Training, 500 West Hanover Avenue, Morristown and November 9 at the Lincoln Park PAL/Community Center, 10 Boonton Turnpike, Lincoln park. The Open Houses will provide residents with the opportunity to meet with experts one-on-one to learn more about their flood risk, get information on potential changes to flood insurance rates or requirements, and learn tips on how to mitigate and prepare for future floods.

Because of the flood map changes, some properties in Morris County may be included in a high-risk flood zone, known as the Special Flood Hazard Area, for the first time. This may result in those affected homeowners being required to purchase flood insurance. It is vital that property owners understand their current flood risk, and take advantage of the tools and/or programs available to make their property and community safer and stronger against future flood risk. 

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Residents who plan to attend may come any time during the scheduled hours and ask questions. There will be no formal presentations.  Residents and property owners should bring a copy of their elevation certificates and flood insurance policies, if available. 

On Feb. 26, 2016, FEMA released preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) to communities in Morris County for public comment. Since that time, the maps have gone through a period of review.  The maps provide updated information each community’s flood risk, inform residents about potential insurance rates and purchase requirements, and help property owners make decisions about how to protect themselves and their properties against future flood events.

To view the Morris County Preliminary FIRM, visit: http://arcg.is/2zDVFcK

Additional information on mapping is available on FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center at https://msc.fema.gov/portal, and flood insurance information can be found at https://www.fema.gov/national-flood-insurance-program