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A new disaster resource for Ocean County

01 Oct 2015

A new disaster resource for Ocean County

Posted by with - in 2015

TOMS RIVER A new Ocean County site for storm information should be on line by Friday, Oct. 2.

The Ocean County Community Organizations Active in Disaster or OC COAD, will collect and disseminate important information about Hurricane Joaquin and other upcoming storms, according to Sue Marticek, executive director of the Ocean County Long-Term Recovery Group.

“We want people to know that this is where you can go to get accurate information,” Marticek said Thursday. She said the new group will send out email blasts containing pertinent storm information and will also send texts to people’s mobile phones. To receive information from the new group, send an email to and include your cell phone number for text updates.

Information about places to evacuate, if necessary, and shelters where pets are accepted are samples of the types of messages the new group could send out. It will also serve as a clearinghouse for where to volunteer and what to donate in the event a storm or other disaster does occur.

The OC COAD site will attempt to coordinate and disseminate vital information so that residents will have one place to turn to for important updates

“There are 560-some municipalities throughout the state, and they all tend to do their own thing,” said Keith Adams, the chairman of New Jersey Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, a statewide consortium of volunteer groups active in disaster response.

Adams’ group and the Ocean County Department of Human Services are working with the long-term recovery group to create the new OC COAD site.

Jean Mikle: (732) 643-4050,

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