The township has coordinated a Town Hall meeting with FEMA for Monday, March 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Lacey Middle School.
“FEMA is looking to get out in every community to have such things called town hall meetings,” Township Administrator and Municipal Clerk Veronica Laureigh said at the township Committee meeting Thursday.
The meeting will highlight five different aspects of FEMA, including hazard mitigation, flood insurance, Increased Cost of Compliance (ICC) claims and the flood maps and elevating homes, she said. A brief presentation will be made and then residents will have the opportunity to have one-on-one consultation with FEMA representatives.
Representatives from State Mitigation, the Small Business Administration, Advisory Base Flood Elevations, flood insurance and Lacey’s building department and tax assessor’s office will also be available, she said.
“I think it’s important because there’s a deadline for the elevation, hazard mitigation paperwork to be in by March 15 so we can file with the county,” Laureigh said. “A lot of people are still very confused with that whole process and I think it’s important we have a meeting like this.”
Similar Town Hall meetings have been held successfully in Barnegat and Ocean Gate, she said.
The meeting originally conflicted with the Planning Board meeting, which has been canceled. Laureigh had tried to schedule a Saturday meeting but FEMA pulled funding for weekend meetings.
“What we’re finding out, things change day to day,” Mayor David Most said. “There’s information we’re learning every day as we go through this. This hasn’t happened to us in a long time, probably 140 years. This is new grounds for us. We’re trying to get through it.”
The township will alert residents using the emergency communication system once the meeting is confirmed.