Emergency Management

City of Ocean City, NJ - Office of Emergency Management
Special Weather Statement:
12:55 p.m. Friday, April 19, 2019  
The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch in effect for Ocean City from 2 p.m. Friday (April 19) through Saturday morning (April 20). 
While flash flooding is a condition that typically occurs near rivers, Ocean City can experience similar conditions if heavy rain coincides with high tide. The latest forecast calls for heavy rain from Friday afternoon through Saturday morning. Some localized spots in the region could see as much as 3 inches of rain, according the NWS notification. High tide on the bay side of Ocean City (at the Ninth Street Bridge) will be at 9:18 p.m. Friday.
Tides are higher than normal because of a full moon, but the NWS water level prediction for Friday evening falls below the threshold for minor flooding. Strong south winds are also in the forecast. Residents and guests are asked to closely monitor the forecast and weather conditions.
Residents should be prepared to move vehicles. Please don’t be caught off-guard. Heavy rain flooding can impact parts of the island that don’t typically experience tidal 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.
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.


Frank Donato
Ocean City Emergency Management Coordinator

Emergency Evacuation Route Map

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)



Emergency Evacuation Route Map
Other Informational Links
Tide and Flood Level Predictions
Street Flooding Projection Maps (See which streets might flood at various tide levels. Note: these maps are based only on tide levels. Other factors may contribute to flooding.)
Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) and Flood Awareness Presentation
Post Disaster Recovery
Weather Links