City of Ocean City, NJ - Office of Emergency Management
Special Weather Statement:
10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 21, 2018
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Coastal Flood Warning in effect for Ocean City through 5 a.m. Thursday (March 22). A Winter Storm Warning also will be in effect through 2 a.m. Thursday.
A strong coastal storm will affect Ocean City through at least two more high tide cycles. Water levels are expected to peak in the hours around high tide on the bay side of Ocean City at about 11:49 a.m. Wednesday and 12:08 a.m. Wednesday night into Thursday. The NWS predicted a tide of 5.7 feet for Tuesday night, and the actual peak reading at the Bayside Center came in at 5.66 feet. The NWS now predicts a tide of 6.2 feet for late Wednesday morning and 6.8 feet for very early on Thursday morning. By comparison, the winter storm “Jonas” reached 7.66 feet in January 2016 and the highest tide in the coastal storm earlier this month reached 6.33 feet. See sampling of Ocean City historic tides for context: www.ocnj.us/octides.
Street flooding could occur prior to high tide and may last for several hours. Residents should monitor conditions and be prepared to move vehicles from areas that typically experience flooding. 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.
The Winter Storm Warning predicts heavy mixed precipitation with snow accumulations of 2 to 3 inches with the worst conditions on Wednesday afternoon. Please make sure mobile phones and electronic devices are fully charged as power outages are possible. Customers can visit Atlantic City Electric’s website at www.atlanticcityelectric.com, use the mobile app or contact the company at 1-800-833-7476 to report any outages.
The NWS predicts northeast winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph. Loose objects on your property should be brought inside or secured. All contractors are asked to secure job sites.
We will continue to provide updates and information as the forecast develops.
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