Office of Emergency Management
The Emergency Management Act of 1989, originally known as the Civil Defense Act of 1942, makes it possible to coordinate resources, workforce, equipment and financial assistance from county, state, and federal agencies in the event of a local catastrophe. The State Office of Emergency Management issues guidelines, in the form of a checklist, for development of the county and municipal Emergency Operations Plan (EOP).
The Township of Ocean Office of Emergency Management is responsible for the creation and maintenance of the township’s EOP. It consists of 15 functional annexes that outline how the township will function during emergency or disaster conditions. An emergency is defined as an unusual incident by natural or human causes that is too large to be handled by regular municipal services. A natural disaster could be a hurricane, flood, or large storm. An unnatural disaster could be a plane crash, train derailment, chemical spill or large fire. The EOP is initiated by the Director of Emergency Management or deputy. The Township Office of Emergency Management serves as the conduit to the Monmouth County Office of Emergency Management to request resources from necessary agencies when needed in the event that local resources become overwhelmed.
The Township of Ocean Office of Emergency Management is staffed by a part-time director and four part time deputy coordinators along with several other volunteer functional coordinators who respond and help during disasters. The office also maintains and staffs the Emergency Operations Center, located in Town Hall, to assist in communications during times of emergency.