The Ocean County Sheriff's Office, Office of Emergency Management closely monitors weather systems and the effect it may have on our area. Below is a link to current weather warnings and updated information. Click here for more information
Residents Urged to Prepare for Winter Weather
With dropping temperatures, predictions of snow and freezing rain there is no doubt winter is not far away and Ocean County officials are urging residents to prepare now for winter weather. Click here to read the release
Superstorm Sandy Housing Recovery Centers Open
Beginning at 8 a.m., Saturday, June 8, Housing Recovery Centers will open in each of the nine counties most impacted by Superstorm Sandy. Click here for more information and locations
Public Input Sought on Hazards Mitigation Plan
The second public session on Ocean County's Comprehensive Hazards Mitigation Plan is scheduled for May 20 at the Ocean County Southern Service Center in Manahawkin. Click here to read the release
Multi-jurisdictional All Hazard Mitigation Plan
Ocean County is developing a Multi-jurisdictional All Hazard Mitigation Plan between now and Autumn 2013. Please click here
to learn more and submit comments. This website will be used throughout the planning process to post information, collect comments, announce meetings, and to post draft documents. Visit the ‘Announcements' page to subscribe to alerts!
The following are the websites providing information for residents of Long Beach Island towns and the northern barrier island towns in Ocean County. www.tomsrivertownship.com www.seaside-heightsnj.org www.lavallette.org www.seasideparknj.org www.twp.brick.nj.us http://twp.berkeley.nj.us/index.aspx www.mantoloking.org/
For Long Beach Island information visit the Long Beach Island Joint Emergency Operation Center website at www.lbieoc.org/home.html
Hurricane Survival GuideFrom August through the Fall, tropical storms become more prevalent in our area. It is important to be prepared before they strike. Please see the attached guide for helpful hints on preparing for storms.
Hurricane Survival Guide Emergency Management Hurricane Evacuations Emergency Management After the Hurricane
Heat Related Emergency Safety Tips
The Ocean County Office of Emergency Management recommends residents be mindful that excessive heat can cause serious illness.
The following heat related emergency safety tips can help in navigating the summer heat:
-Stay indoors in air conditioning as much as possible
-If you do go outside stay in the shade
-If your home is not air conditioned, spend at least two hours daily at an air conditioned mall, library or other public place
-Wear sunscreen outside, along with loose fitting light colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible
-Drink water regularly even if you are not thirsty. Limit alcohol, and sugary drinks which speeds dehydration
-Never leave children or pets alone in the car
-Avoid exertion during the hottest part of the day
-Take a cool shower or bath
-Be a good neighbor, check on elderly and people with disabilities in your community who may need assistance keeping cool
Additionally, residents should contact their local offices of emergency management regarding any open air-conditioned senior centers or cooling stations.
According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, older adults and people with disabilities are more at risk for heat because they do not adjust as well as young people to sudden changes in temperature; they are more likely to have a chronic medical condition that changes normal body responses to heat; and they are more likely to take prescription medicines that impair the body's ability to regulate its temperature or that inhibit perspiration.
The CDC also offers the following tips for older adults, persons with disabilities and/or their caregivers:
-Visit older adults who are at risk at least twice a day and watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
-Encourage them to increase their fluid intake by drinking cool, nonalcoholic beverages regardless of their activity level.
-Warning: If their doctor generally limits the amount of fluid they drink or they are on water pills, they will need to ask their doctor how much they should drink while the weather is hot.
-Take them to air-conditioned locations, if they have transportation problems.
Heat is often referred to as the "silent killer," in contrast to tornados, hurricanes and other natural hazards with more dramatic visual effects. For more information regarding heat related emergencies, please log on to www.ready.nj.gov, visit the National Weather Service Heat Safety Page (http://www.weather.gov/om/heat/index.shtml), or call 2-1-1.
Prepare In Advance for Storms
The following are suggested actions to be taken prior to arrival of a storm:
- Check battery-powered equipment such as radios and flashlights. Buy extra batteries.
- Secure outdoor objects that might become caught in the wind.
- Keep your car fueled should evacuation be necessary.
- Be aware of where evacuation routes are located.
- Stock up on non-perishable food items and water.
- Keep tuned to a local radio or television station for the latest National Weather Service advisories as well as instructions from local officials.
-Be familiar with the telephone number of your local Office of Emergency Management.
Some suggestions once the storm arrives:
-When road conditions are poor stay at home if at all possible.
-If you have to travel give yourself extra time, make sure you have water and other nonperishable food items in the car.
Additional information can be found on emergency preparedness and safety concerns by clicking on Event of Emergency/Hurricane on the navigation bar found on the emergency preparedness website at www.co.ocean.nj.us.