City of Ocean City, NJ - Office of Emergency Management
Special Weather Statement:
8:45 a.m. Saturday, July 21, 2018
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Flash Flood Watch in effect for Ocean City from 2 p.m. Saturday (July 21) through the night.
The forecast calls for heavy rain with 2 to 4 inches possible in only a few hours. High tide is at 4:22 p.m. at the Ninth Street Bridge on the bay side of Ocean City. Strong and gusty east winds will increase tide levels. The National Weather Service predicts a tide of 5.1 feet on the mean low water (MLW) scale, which is just below its threshold for minor tidal flooding. But if the heavy rain coincides with high tide, streets could flood, See sampling of Ocean City historic tides for context: www.ocnj.us/octides.
Residents and guests are asked to closely monitor the forecast and weather conditions and be prepared to move vehicles. Please don’t be caught off-guard. Street flooding could occur prior to high tide and may last for several hours. The roads closer to the beach including Central and Wesley avenues are at higher elevation. These roads also offer the safest routes of travel across the length of the island. Parking will be available at the Trinity United Methodist Church at 20 North Shore Road in Marmora (please read letter from Trinity if you take advantage of this service).
For your safety and the protection of your vehicle and neighboring properties, never attempt to drive through flood waters, and do not drive around barricades.
For Police & Fire Department emergencies, call 911. For non-emergencies, call 609-399-9111.
The Ocean City Office of Emergency Management is the Agency that coordinates with Federal, State, local and private resources throughout the city during times of disasters and emergencies. The mission of OCOEM does not end there - in fact OCOEM 's day to day operation is vital in preparing Ocean City for whatever challenge it may face.
As we all are aware, disasters for the most part take place at the local level. It is the intent of OCOEM to assist local government in being prepared for, responding to and recovering from disasters. At the OCOEM web page we are highlighting our intent by emphasizing the planning, training and exercise design functions available. We encourage you to tour our site as well as the hot links connected to our web site.
We are attempting to make emergency management at the municipal level more community based, to assist our local community identify potential risks, to enhance the response of assisting agencies and be a point of warning and coordination for all agencies within the city.
We welcome your thoughts and feedback. We will be attempting on a regular basis to keep this page updated with current and pertinent information. The field of Emergency Management is very unique.
We are asking for your assistance in maximizing Ocean City’s ability to prepare for and in some cases prevent potential disasters. Thank you for your interest and we look forward to hearing from you.
Ocean City Emergency Management Coordinator
Please call 609-399-9111 to report a downed wire. Do NOT touch or go near them.
Power Outages: Atlantic City Electric 1-800-833-7476 or ONLINE
(provides an interactive outage map)
Click HERE for Steps to Staying Safe when returning to a Flooded Home
Learn About EAS (Emergency Alert System)
Prepare for the Storm (MP3 Audio File Podcast)
Other Informational Links
Tide and Flood Level Predictions
Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) and Flood Awareness Presentation
Post Disaster Recovery