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Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Ocean is restarting our CERT team. We are recruiting members for our second class that will be starting in June. 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 your community 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  for the township, though it is NOT required.

Registration is now open for our class starting in June, 2024. If you would like more information or want to sign up, please click here.


The campaign slogan for 2023 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