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September is National Preparedness Month

The Campaign theme for this year is “Take Control in 1,2,3”. The campaign focuses on preparing older adults for disasters. We know that older adults can face greater risks when it comes to the multitude of extreme weather events and emergencies we now face, especially if they are living alone, are low-income, have a disability, or live in rural areas.

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“Register Ready - New Jersey’s Special Needs Registry for Disasters” ( allows New Jersey Residents with disabilities or access and functional needs and their families, friends, caregivers, and associates an opportunity to provide information to emergency response agencies so emergency responders can better service them in a disaster or other emergency.  

The information collected in Register Ready is confidential and will NOT be available to the public. The information is held securely and only used for emergency response and planning.

Why register?

    •     To be notified by local officials when an evacuation has been ordered

For more information, check out the Plan & Prepare section of this website or email OEM at

FEMA and FCC Plan Nationwide Emergency Alert Test for October 4, 2023

On Wednesday, October 4, FEMA in coordination with the FCC will conduct a NATIONWIDE test of the Emergency Alert System(EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts(WEA). The test will consist of two portions testing the WEA and EAS capabilities. The test will start at approximately 2:20 PM EDT.

In the event that there is a severe weather or other significant event, the test will be postponed till October 11.

The test message will state that this is a Nationwide test and that no action is required by the public.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact OEM at

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Ocean is really ready to re-start our CERT team. We are currently in the process of recruiting members for our first class that will be starting in January. The class is around 20 hours and consists of a combination of classroom and practical sessions. The training will teach you basic skills that are important to know in a disaster when emergency services are not available. With training and practice, and by working as a team, you will be able to protect yourself and maximize your capability to help after a disaster.

The training is free and we provide all the necessary materials. Once you complete the training you will have the option of joining the CERT team for the township, though it is NOT required.

Check back here or on our Facebook page for when the orientation meeting is scheduled in January. For more information or to put yourself on our mailing list email