City of Ocean City, NJ - Office of Emergency Management
Special Weather Statement:
12:25 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, 2017
The National Weather Service has issued a Coastal Flood Advisory in effect for Ocean City from 6 p.m. to midnight on Wednesday (May 24, 2017) and from 8 p.m. Thursday through 2 a.m. Friday.
Water levels are expected to peak in the hours around high tide on the bay side of Ocean City at about 8:01 p.m. Wednesday and 8:50 p.m. Thursday. Forecasters project tides that could exceed 6 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, and they reached 6.47 feet last month (April 25, 2017). See sampling of Ocean City historic tides for context.
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. These roads also offer the safest routes of travel across the length of the island. For your safety and for the protection of neighboring properties and your own vehicle, never attempt to drive on a flooded street.
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).
Rain and northeasterly winds are expected to contribute to flooding. The regularly predicted evening tides are among the highest of the year because of a new moon on Thursday. A morning high tide at 8:30 a.m. Thursday is not expected to be as severe but could still bring some flooding.
For Police and 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
Post Disaster Recovery