Office Of Emergency Management

The Rockaway Township Office of Emergency Management maintains an Emergency Operating Plan for our Township that provides vital information on the response and handling of disasters, natural and man made, within our Township. This plan is constantly re-evaluated and submitted for approval every three years to the State of New Jersey Office of Emergency Management. 

In the event of an Emergency, we will attempt to keep the public informed to the best of our ability by utilizing several communications means. The most frequently used will be NIXLE, Reverse 9-1-1, Township Web Page, OEM Hotline and message boards. This will all vary on the type of emergency that is occurring. We encourage all residents to register to receive NIXLE alerts, Reverse 9-1-1 notifications, and for residents that are in need of special attention we recommend you utilize Register Ready. This is a service that you can inform us of your special need and in case of an emergency that may effect your well being we will have the necessary information to assist you. You can also fill out the Township Special Needs Notification form as well and this information will be entered into our Dispatch System and will be available to responding emergency service personnel. Thank you.

New Jersey Hurricane Florence Preparedness Information

State of New Jersey link:

JCP&L Prepares for Hurricane Florence 

Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) is closely monitoring Hurricane Florence and is preparing should possible heavy rain, high winds and flooding interrupt service to its New Jersey customers.

As part of the storm planning process, JCP&L has secured additional line, substation, forestry and support personnel and is prepared to set upstaging sites should they be needed.

Other steps JCP&L is taking to prepare for Hurricane Florence include:

·        Setting up specially designed flood barriers and pumps in several key substations, as needed, as an added precaution should rising water levels cause any issues with the localized electrical system.  

·        Preparingto activate its Emergency Command Center and Incident Command System, ifneeded.

·        Communicating with emergency management officials, state officials, regulators and local officials about our storm preparation efforts. 

·        Communicating with customers regarding storm preparation tips and safety.

·        Securing helicopters to provide aerial inspections of power lines.

·        Planning to staff additional dispatchers and analysts at regional dispatch offices. 

The company also encourages customers to plan by following these tips.

·    JCP&L reminds customers to immediately report downed wires to their utility at 888-LIGHTSS (888-544-4877), or to their local police or fire department.  Customers should never go near a downed wire even if they think it is no longer carrying electricity.  Extra caution should be used in areas where downed lines are tangled in trees or other debris.

  • Keep flashlights and fresh batteries in your home.  Avoid using candles to light your home, especially around children and pets.
  • If you have a water well and pump, keep an emergency supply of bottled water and/or fill your bathtub with fresh water.
  • Stock an emergency supply of convenience foods that do not require cooking.
  • Have a hard-wired telephone or a charged cell phone handy in the event you need to report your electricity is out.  Mobile phones can be charged in your vehicle using a car charger when the power is out.    
  • Gather extra blankets or a sleeping bag for each person.  
  • Do not use gas stoves, kerosene heaters or other open-flame heat sources indoors.  These can cause deadly carbon monoxide gas to build up in your home.
  • Keep a battery-powered radio with extra batteries on hand.  Tune to a local station for current storm information.

For updated information, follow JCP&L on Twitter@JCP_L, on Facebook at or online at


Coordinator: Lieutenant Rob Scherr
First Deputy Coordinator: Chief Martin McParland