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Emergency Preparedness Information



Before an event even occurs, you should take steps to keep you and your family safe in the event of an emergency.

Create a family Emergency Operations Plan which identifies what type of hazards and potential risks your jurisdiction faces and what you will take with you and where you will go if you are asked to evacuate, etc.

Every home should also have a Disaster Supplies Kit at all times, which should be portable, updated every six months, and contain the following:

  • A three-day supply of water (one gallon per day per person).
  • A list of family physicians
  • A list of medications and prescriptions, including dosage
  • The style and serial number of medical devices
  • A supply of non-perishable packaged or canned food that does not require cooking.
  • A non-electric can opener
  • A first aid kit
  • A battery powered radio and flashlight with extra batteries




    Hurricane Categories

    Category Sustained Winds Damage
    1 74-95 mph Minor
    2 96-110 mph Moderate
    3 111-130 mph Major
    4 131-155 mph Severe
    5 above 155 mph Catastrophic


    In the event of an evacuation follow arrows on signs posted around town.

    Ocean County Evacuation Routes
    Click On Map To Download Pdf Version


    Advisories and warnings -

    The National Weather Service can usually provide up to five days of advance warning. The Weather Service of NOAA issues advisories when hurricanes approach land.

    A "hurricane watch" is issued whenever a hurricane becomes a threat to coastal areas. If in the area, listen for further advisories and be prepared to act promptly if a hurricane warning or evacuation order is issued.

    "A "hurricane warning" is issued when hurricane winds of seventy-four miles an hour or higher, or a combination of dangerously high water and very rough seas, are expected in a specific coastal area within twenty-four hours. Precautionary actions should begin immediately.






    Flooding causes more than ninety percent of the disaster related property damage in the United States each year. Preparation is the key to surviving a flood and reducing property damage.


    • Take inventory of all personal items including model types, serial numbers, photographs, and descriptions. Place all important documents in a water resistant and fire proof box
    • Most homeowner policies don’t cover flood damage. To determine your risk, contact your local Emergency Management Coordinator. Remember that there is a thirty-day waiting period before flood insurance policy coverage goes into effect.
    • You may need National Flood Insurance Policy coverage even if you do not reside in a high-risk flood zone. Check with your insurance agent or broker.

    Home :

    • Elevate your utilities a minimum of two to three feet above the base flood elevation.
    • If you have a fuel tank, anchor it to a large concrete slab whose weight can resist the force of floodwaters and flotation.
    • Install sewer backflow valves to prevent sewage entry into your home.

    Safety :

    • Obtain a battery powered weather radio.
    • Pay attention to the latest information when heavy rains occur and to flash flood and river flood watches and warnings issued by the National Weather Service.
    • Never drive your vehicle through floodwater. It may be deeper than you realize and could trap you in your vehicle.


    Power Outages

    Whether a power outage in your home is caused by grid failure or severe weather, you can take the following steps to prepare and respond.


    • Keep extra cash on hand since an extended power outage may prevent you from withdrawing money automated teller machines or banks.
    • Keep a supply of non-perishable foods, medicine, baby supplies and pet food as appropriate on hand. You should have a water supply of one gallon of water per person per day for a minimum of three days on hand as well.
    • Have one or more coolers for cold food storage, in case the power is prolonged. Perishable foods should not be stored for more than two hours above forty degrees Fahrenheit.
    • Have an emergency power supply for anyone dependent upon medical equipment requiring electricity.
    • Keep a supply of flashlights, batteries, and a battery-powered radio on hand.
    • Keep your car fuel tank at least half full (gas stations rely on electricity to power their pumps.)


    • Avoid opening the refrigerator or freezer. Food should be safe as long as the outage does not last for more than four to six hours.
    • Do not use candles, as they can pose a fire hazard.
    • Connect only individual appliances to portable generators and never plug a generator into wall outlets, as they can feed electricity back into the power lines, putting you and line workers in danger.
    • Use gas-powered generators in only well ventilated areas.
    • When driving, be careful at intersections as traffic lights may be out.
    • Turn off any electrical equipment that was in use prior to the power outage.
    • Turn off all but one light to alert you when power resumes.
    • Check on elderly neighbors, friends or relatives who may need assistance.
    • Resist the temptation to call 9-1-1 for information - that is what your battery powered radio is for.


    • When power is restored, wait a few minutes before turning on major appliances to help eliminate further problems caused by a sharp increase in demand.


    Winter Storm




    Animal Emergency Preparedness and H.E.L.P.

    Plan ahead

    In the event of disasters, you need to take steps to not only protect yourself but your pets and livestock as well.

    Plan ahead of time for a safe place to take your pets and livestock in the event of an evacuation.

    During an evacuation, shelters run by the American Red Cross cannot accept animals or pets, except for service animals who assist people with disabilities.

    Find out whether friends, relatives, pet-friendly hotels, boarding kennels or , or humane societies, stables or racetracks, or private farms outside your immediate area can shelter your animals in the event of a disaster. Also, make arrangements with trustworthy neighbors for pet and livestock care if a disaster strikes and you cannot get home in time to evacuate. This person should have access to your animals and be familiar with them.

    To determine the locations of established pet shelters and/or pet friendly shelters, call your Municipality ahead of time or listen for announcements. Some shelter managers try to provide space for pets that are leashed and have their own portable carriers.

    In case you must leave the area with your pet, you should also prepare a disaster travel kit that includes:


    NJ Special Needs RegistryExternal Link



    Hurricane Preparedness Flyer Pdf File


    Red Cross Hurricane Safety Information
    Check List Pdf File
    Family Disaster Plan Pdf File
    Food and Water in an Emergency Pdf File