Monmouth County receives honor for storm readiness plan
You're likely familiar and may be apart of it but the 'Know Your Zone' campaign rolled out in 2016 in Monmouth County is receiving praise for what it's done and what it's intended to do here in 2018.
Monmouth County has received the Special Achievement Graphic Information System Award from Esri, a global leader in spatial analytics, at its annual Esri User’s Conference.
This Jersey Shore county was selected from more than 300,000 eligible candidates for its innovative application of mapping, data analytics, and thought leadership after the Office of Emergency Management and the Division of Planning developed a story map for the High Water Mark Initiative and the implementation of the “Know Your Zone” campaign.
The “Know Your Zone” public awareness campaign is designed to educate residents, visitors and businesses as to which evacuation zone they live, work or visit.
“This is a great accomplishment and I am extremely proud of the efforts that the Monmouth County Office of Emergency Management team is doing to ensure public safety during weather related events,” Sheriff Shaun Golden, whose agency runs the Office of Emergency Management, said. “There is no office more deserving of the recognition and I commend all for their commitment in building resiliency against the impacts of storms.”
During the original launch, Monmouth County and 14 local and federal partners placed 100 signs in prominent locations in various municipalities.
Since the original launch, the County and its partners have continued to expand upon the outreach efforts with the High Water Mark Story Map being the most recent.
The story map guides viewers through various historical events that are designed to raise public awareness about resiliency and risk mitigation efforts that are taking place throughout Monmouth County.
“The joint partnerships that have been developed as part of this program is a clear indication that educating the public about the risks of flooding is a whole community responsibility and we are honored to be recognized by Esri for our groundbreaking use of GIS Story Map technology,” Freeholder Deputy Director Lillian G. Burry said. “The High Water Mark Initiative story map would not have been possible without the efforts of the Monmouth County Division of Planning, the Monmouth County Office of Emergency, Monmouth University’s Urban Coast Institute (UCI) and the NJ Sea Grant Consortium.
The success of this program is further under scored by contributing to saving the residents of Monmouth County over $1.8 million dollars in annual flood insurance premiums”, Freeholder Burry said.
As Hurricane season picks up in the Atlantic, it's important to make sure you're ready just in case a big storm heads our way.
“The actions you take today will help to insure that you and your family can re-cover efficiently should we be impacted by a storm,” Sheriff Golden said.
The 'Know Your Zone' program is one of kind here in New Jersey and provides a simple process for people to learn their evacuation zone.
Visit www.mcsonj.org/knowyourzone, click on find your zone, insert your address, and the map will show you which zone you are in.
The website has had more than 13,000 inquiries since it launched in September of 2016.