Coastal Resilience

The following is a list of resources to assist New Jersey residents and businesses prepare for severe coastal storms and their impacts.

Hurricane Season updates:

The Community Resilience Interactive Story Map was created as part of the celebration of the 50th year of the Sea Grant College program. Community resilience is a major priority of the Sea Grant program nationally. To fully illustrate the breadth and impact of resilience projects across the Sea Grant network, this interactive story map was developed by Delaware Sea Grant. is a product of FEMA’s Risk Mapping, Assessment and Planning Program, or MAP, that offers communities and individuals the opportunity to gather knowledge on flood hazards in 14 coastal New Jersey counties and New York City.  Visitors to this site can find information used in the development of updated flood Insurance Rate Maps, or FIRMs, preliminary FIRMs, tools to assess risk in their communities, and details on public meetings among other information.

The National Sea Grant Resilience Toolkit showcases Sea Grant Network’s tools developed over the years that help communities become more resilient.

The Needs Assessment of N.J. Waterfront Business Owners provides insight into the knowledge and concerns that waterfront business owners have about climate change and in particular impacts associated sea level rise.  Business owners located in flood prone areas will find great value in the actions survey respondents reported they implemented after Superstorm Sandy to minimize damage from future storms.

The New Jersey Coastal Community Resilience Demonstration Project was a project funded by the National Sea Grant Coastal Communities Climate Adaptation Initiative, or CCCAI,  and completed by the NJSGC and its partners: N.J. Department of Environmental Protection Office of Coastal Management, Monmouth University Urban Coast Institute, and Stevens Institute of Technology. Experts conducted community-based, climate adaptation demonstration projects in Cape May Point, Little Silver and Oceanport. The objective of these projects was to provide the participating communities with an assessment of their vulnerabilities to help local decision-makers identify opportunities to improve their resilience to coastal hazards and sea level rise.

Digital Coast: NOAA Office of Coastal Management’s website that provides information, data and an interactive SLR (sea level rise) map to communities to better understand and prepare for flood hazards and SLR.

Rutgers University’s NJ Flood Mapper: This interactive mapping tool is specific to New Jersey.

Getting to Resilience: This is an online self-assessment tool for assessing flood vulnerability and preparedness.

Emergency Preparedness

New Jersey Coastal Evacuation Maps detailing coastal evacuation routes for New Jersey counties.

Ready America: “Launched in February 2003, Ready is a national public service advertising (PSA) campaign designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters. The goal of the campaign is to get the public involved and ultimately to increase the level of basic preparedness across the nation.”

Federal Emergency Management Agency: “FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.”

New Jersey Office of Emergency Management: “NJOEM works closely with our federal, state and local partners to prepare for virtually all hazards, natural or manmade, that could affect New Jersey’s families, communities and businesses.”

BOAT US Hurricane Resource Center: Readiness resources specifically targeted to boaters with information on how to protect marine vessels in the event of hazardous coastal events like hurricanes, tropical storms, and Nor’easters.

Preparing Your Boat For A Hurricane:  An informative video courtesy of our colleagues at Florida Sea Grant filled with tips and suggestions for preparing your boat ahead of a storm.

Stevens Institute of Technology Storm Surge Warning System: Subscribe by email to receive storm surge warning notifications for activity along the New Jersey coastline.

Información en Español

Listo: La información y las noticias sobre preparando para las desastres naturales y otras emergencias.