Region II Coastal Video Library

Provided below are links to videos available from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other organizations about coastal flood risk, coastal flood mapping, flood insurance, and the actions you can take to reduce flood risk and prepare for emergencies.

Coastal Flood Risk

Coastal areas often have the greatest risk of flooding because they are affected by large, powerful storm systems like hurricanes and nor'easters. If you live in a coastal area, it's important to know your flood risk. These videos will help you understand your risk.

This video examines coastal flood risks in New Jersey and New York City, as well as the roles of homeowners, local government, and other agencies in mitigating those risks. It also describes actions to protect against future flood risks. This video was produced before Hurricane Sandy.

Video explaining the effects of SuperStorm Sandy on NJ/NY communities
This video explains the effects of Hurricane Sandy on coastal New Jersey communities and discusses rebuilding, planning, mitigation, and preparedness in the aftermath of the storm. Experts appearing in the first Coastal Flooding Video return to share their views post-Sandy.

These 3D animated videos show the effects of coastal forces that could harm homes or other structures during a coastal storm.

NOAA/NWS Storm Surge Video
This fast draw video explains storm surge, which is what officials use when determining who to evacuate.


Video about the sea level rise viewer, a tool developed by the NOAA Coastal Services Center
Decision Maker's Toolbox: Viewing Sea Level Rise
This video provides information about the sea level rise viewer developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Services Center that offers access to data and information about the risks of sea level rise, storm surge, and flooding along the coastal United States. The web-based map can help business owners and community planners build in a more resilient way.
Coastal Flood Mapping 
FEMA Region II has initiated a coastal flood study to produce updated Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for 14 coastal New Jersey counties and New York City. As a result, your community may have recently received or may soon receive updated flood hazard data. Watch these videos to learn more about coastal flood mapping.
Video about the new flood hazard maps for New Jersey and New York
This video explains the difference between the new flood hazard maps for New Jersey and New York that are being completed and the previously issued maps (including the Advisory Base Flood Elevation maps).


Video about preliminary work maps of flood zones in New Jersey
This video addresses questions about Preliminary Work Maps of Flood Zones in New Jersey.



Video about the coastal flood mapping process
This video describes the coastal flood mapping process.



Animation showing the coastal zones in the new NFIP maps
This animation describes the three basic coastal zones and one new zone (LiMWA) in the new NFIP maps.



This video collection features interviews with key stakeholders regarding the importance of Risk Mapping, Assessment, and Planning (Risk MAP) in their communities.


Recorded webinar providing information about coastal flood map revisions in New Jersey and New York
Webinar: Your Role in NJ/NY Coastal Flood Map Revisions
This two-part webinar provides information related to coastal flood map revisions in New Jersey and New York. Session A covers post-Sandy efforts, Advisory Base Flood Elevations (ABFEs), Risk MAP, and the coastal flood study underway. Session B covers Risk MAP products, the public's role in the map revision process, and map revision timelines.

Recorded webinar about using Flood Insurance Rate Maps to reduce coastal flood risk
Webinar: Reducing Coastal Flood Risk: Making Use of the Updated FIRMs
This two-part webinar provides information about using FIRMs to reduce coastal flood risk. Session A covers post-Sandy efforts since January 2013, coastal flood zones, and reducing flood risk. Session B covers affected communities, coastal flood study timelines, and available flood risk tools.

Flood Insurance

Flood insurance helps homeowners, renters, and business owners financially protect themselves from floods, which can be costly. Watch these videos to learn about recent flood insurance reform and key National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) terms you should know.
Video collection covering topics related to the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012
Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012
This video collection covers topics related to BW-12, including the impacts of BW-12 on the National Food Insurance Program, elevation ratings, subsidized rates, and reducing insurance costs.

Video collection that explains key National Flood Insurance Program terms
The Language of the NFIP
This video collection from H20 Partners, Inc. explains key NFIP terms such as base flood elevation, flood insurance rate map, flood zones, and elevation certificate.


Recovery and Mitigation: Best Practices and Successes

Learn about best practices for reducing risk of loss in the event of a flood, and see how people affected by Hurricane Sandy are rebuilding after the storm and applying these practices.
Home in the rebuilding process
Hurricane Sandy Video Collection

FEMA videos showing response and recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy.


Home being demolished by a crane
First Blue Acres Buyouts Home is Demolished in Sayreville, NJ
A Sayreville, NJ home is the first house to be demolished as part of the Blue Acres, a state of New Jersey program that seeks to purchase homes from property owners in flood-prone areas on a voluntary basis.

Pumping station
South Monmouth Regional Sewerage Authority Unique Mitigation
South Monmouth Regional Sewerage Authority in New Jersey has taken measures to mitigate against recurring damages to their pumping stations by creating a mobile enclosure that can be removed from harm's way prior to a major storm.

Three public officials from Sea Isle City seated at a table
In this video, Sea Isle City public officials discuss their community's Community Rating System (CRS) program success story. CRS gives participating communities flood insurance incentives in return for the implementation of floodplain management standards that exceed minimum National Flood Insurance Program requirements and reduce future flood risk in the community.

Screen shot from FEMA Higher Standards video
Adopting higher standards of floodplain management can save lives, reduce damage to property from floods, and provide discounts on insurance through the Community Rating System program. This video provides information about activities that significantly reduce insured losses at the community level and encourages communities to get involved in local floodplain management.
Video about Avanti Linens' recovery and mitigation efforts after Hurricane Sandy
Avanti Linens Recovery and Mitigation Efforts
Avanti Linens received about 4 feet of flood water in its facility from Superstorm Sandy. After the storm, they created a disaster recovery planning committee to address ideas on protecting themselves from any future storms. This video features their mitigation efforts taken while recovering from the storm.
Video about New York homeowners who are raising their homes as they rebuild after Hurricane Sandy to protect their property from future floods
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, many New York homeowners are looking at raising their homes when they rebuild or renovate to protect their property when the next flood occurs.


Video about homeowners who raised their home to mitigate future flood damage
After being flooded by Hurricane Sandy, homeowners Al Grover and his wife decided to raise their home 13 feet to mitigate from any future flood damage.


Video featuring a Hurricane Sandy survivor who discusses the importance of following FEMA's guidance and adhering to current building codes when building with mitigation in mind
Mitigation Success
A disaster survivor of Hurricane Sandy acknowledges the importance of following FEMA's guidance and adhering to current building codes when building with mitigation in mind.


Video about two New Jersey homes that survived Hurricane Sandy with minimal damage after being built with mitigation in mind
Two homes in Sea Bright, NJ, survived Hurricane Sandy with minimal damage after being built with mitigation in mind.


For many New Jersey residents and businesses, "resilience" means recovering from storms like Hurricane Sandy. Lisa Auermiller with the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve talks about the factors that spur people to take a longer-term view.


NOAA Green Infrastructure Video

Green Infrastructure
Green infrastructure can help protect your community from natural hazards such as flooding.


Preparedness

Get tips to help you and your family prepare for an emergency before it happens.
Video providing tips to help you prepare for a blackout
10 Pre-Blackout Tips
Ten tips to help you prepare for a blackout.



Video providing tips for items to have ready when a storm is coming

Mary Elmasri, Pharmacy Vice President Rite Aid, provides five items to have ready when a storm is coming.


Video featuring a Hurricane Sandy survivor who shares her personal experience with Superstorm Sandy and talks about what steps to take in preparation for a storm
Steps to Take to Prepare for a Storm
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) representative Annmarie Buraczeski shares her personal experience with Superstorm Sandy and talks about what steps to take in preparation for a storm.


Instructional video containing information specific to older Americans and tips on how to prepare for emergency situations
An instructional video containing information specific to older Americans and tips on how to prepare for emergency situations.


Instructional video containing information specific to Americans with disabilities or other access and functional needs regarding emergency preparedness
An instructional video containing information specific to Americans with disabilities or other access and functional needs regarding emergency preparedness.