Emergency Management

City of Ocean City, NJ - Office of Emergency Management
Special Weather Statement:
10:00 a.m. Monday, March 13, 2017  
The National Weather Service has issued a Coastal Flood Warning and a High Wind Warning in effect for Ocean City on Tuesday (March 14). 
Water levels are expected to peak in the hours around high tide on the bay side at 10:14 a.m. Tuesday. Forecasters project a tide that could exceed 7 feet on the mean low water scale. The January 2016 nor'easter (Jonas), by comparison, reached 8.46 feet on the same scale. Tides during a storm on Jan. 23 of this year reached 7.22 feet. The warning for moderate flooding will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, but continued flooding is possible with high tide at 10:37 p.m. Tuesday.
Flooding is likely prior to high tide and may last for several hours. Vehicles should be moved from areas that typically experience tidal flooding. The roads closer to the beach including Central and Wesley avenues are typically at higher elevation. 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).
Snow and heavy rain are expected to contribute to flooding. Sustained onshore winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph will generate storm surf that will prevent the back bays from fully draining at low tide. The wind warning will be in effect from 6 a.m. through 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Loose objects on your property should be brought inside or secured. All contractors are asked to secure job sites.
Please write down the following emergency contact numbers for local utility companies should you experience outages or other problems during the upcoming storm:
  • Atlantic City Electric: 800-833-7476
  • South Jersey Gas: 888-766-9900
  • Comcast Cable: 800-COMCAST (800-266-2278)
The utility companies recommend you contact them directly as soon as you experience a problem so that they can properly track outages and repairs.
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.


Frank Donato
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)

Ocean City Citizen Corps Enrollment

FloodSmart Program

Sign up for Emergency Notification System 


Prepare for the Storm (MP3 Audio File Podcast)