Evacuations

For a Coastal Evacuation Map  Click here

If you are evacuating to a public shelter, bring the following with you:

  • Blanket/Sleeping Bag/Pillow

  • Lawn Chair/Lightweight Chaise Lounge

  • Cash/Credit Card/Checkbook

  • Expensive Jewelry

  • Change of Clothing

  • Family Documents/Photos

  • Birth Certificates

  • Insurance Policies

  • Stock Certificates

  • Flashlight

  • Medicine/Prescription Drugs

  • Infant Formula/Foods

  • Special Dietary Foods

  • Diapers


Do NOT bring to a public shelter:

  • Alcoholic Beverages

  • Extra Food

  • Guns or Other Weapons


You will not be asked to evacuate unless the State, County, and/or Municipal Officials feel it is absolutely necessary for your safety. But sometimes, there is no time to evacuate and in such a case, you may then be asked to shelter "in place".

  • Stay inside your home or whatever building you are in.

  • Stay away from windows, doors and exterior walls if possible. If there is a threat of a storm this is especially important. Branches, trees and other flying debris are extremely dangerous and could crash through doors, windows or even walls.

  • You may be asked to turn off all ventilation systems (heat and air conditioner) if there is a chemical spill.

  • Listen to your local radio stations, television stations and emergency responders for vital information.


If you think transportation could be a problem, check with neighbors to see if you can ride with one of them. In an emergency, you can obtain evacuation assistance by calling your Municipal Office of Emergency Management or the Ocean County Sheriff's Department, Office of Emergency Management at (732) 341-3451 or toll free at (800) 331-8152.

You should also register with your local police department ahead of time through Ocean County’s “We Care” program if you or a loved one needs special assistance in any evacuation (bed bound, wheel chair capable, sight or hearing impaired, oxygen/respirator use, dialysis, Alzheimer/dementia, or another challenge requiring a transportation need.)

 Links To Public Shelters