Emergency Preparedness


Emergencies can happen anywhere at anytime.

It's crucial to be prepared before disaster strikes - here is a link to help you prepare to keep your family, business and home safe:  NJ OEM Website

Sign up for NIXLE in order to get important safety information from the City. Once you have registered, you will automatically receive notices from your local emergency response team in the event of emergency situations or critical community information as it becomes available. Messages will be sent via email and text message. CLICK to register for NIXLE

Updates will also be posted on the City's website and social media accounts. 
City of Asbury Park official accounts: FacebookTwitter
Asbury Park Fire Department: Twitter
Asbury Park Police Department: Facebook
Monmouth County: Twitter
New Jersey Office of Emergency Management: Twitter
All emergencies should be reported to 911
Department of Public Works: 732-775-0900 

Fire House (non-emergency): 732-775-6300
Police (non-emergency):  732-774-1300
City Hall: 732-775-2100
Monmouth County Health Department: 732-431-7456
Jersey Central Power & Light: 1-800-544-4877
NJ Natural Gas: 1-800-221-0051

Trash and recycling pickup could be affected in case of a weather event. Follow the City's social media accounts for updates. 


When possible, park vehicles off-street in driveways prior to and during winter storms.
Coastal flooding may occur as a result of a storm. Do not park your car on the lake side of roads by Wesley, Sunset, or Deal lakes. If you live in a low-lying area, move your car to higher ground.
After snowfall has ended, park on the odd-numbered side of the road. On the following day, park on the even-numbered side of the road
Alternate side parking rules do not apply in areas that are marked for no parking in snow emergency. Please refer to the 'Alternate Side/No Parking' Legend HERE (or in some cases street signage) for parking rules.
On one-way streets, park on the left hand side of streets as you face the direction of traffic flow (east side for south bound, west side for north bound). This will make it easier for plows to operate on the narrow streets such as Bond, Emory, Heck, Bergh and Webb.
With a large snowfall, it will take some time before the plows can get to all the streets. Please contact Public Works at 732-775-0900 with plowing questions. Staff will be out plowing so you might not receive an immediate call back.
In case of high winds, secure your property. Put away outdoor decorations and other items that could be affected by high winds and heavy precipitation. Clear any debris away from storm drains, allowing water to flow properly.
Snow and ice should be removed for all exit ways, doors and fire escapes. All Fire Department connections must be cleared of snow and ice. If a fire hydrant is on your property, help out the Fire Department by clearing snow from the immediate area around it.
Sidewalks must be cleared by 12 hours after the end of snowfall. Take your time shoveling, and stay wrapped up in layers when outside. Do not shovel snow or aim snowblowers on to the street. Place snow up on the curb out of street lines to prevent it from being plowed back into your driveway. 
After the storm has passed, check in on elderly or disabled neighbors.
Keep your cell phone fully charged and plugged in. Assemble an emergency kit (includes batteries, a flashlight, radio, first-aid medications, food and water to last three or more days, can opener, cooking tools, hand sanitizers, and toiletries), and know your emergency plan in case of evacuation.
In the case of a power outage:
  • Unplug or turn off all lights and appliances, to prevent a circuit overload when the power comes back. Leave one light on and plugged in, in order to tell when the power is back.
  • Do not use candles as a light source. Make sure that you have enough spare batteries for flashlights, lanterns, etc.
  • If you have a generator, do not have it running from inside your house.
  • Keep your refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible, to keep food from spoiling for as long as possible.
  • Do not use your gas oven to warm your house.
  • Turn on faucets to keep your pipes from freezing. 
  • Report outages to JCP&L at 1-888-544-4877

Customers should immediately report any downed wires to JCP&L or their local police or fire department. Customers should never go near a downed power line. Customers are also reminded to never attempt to remove trees or tree limbs from power lines.

To report power outages call 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877) or visit the JCP&L 24/7 Power Center. Customers can also obtain a summary of any current outages affecting their town by clicking on the "MyTown" link on the JCP&L 24/7 Power Center outage maps page.
Customers may also report power outages on smartphone devices. Information on JCP&L's free smartphone apps is available at www.jcp-l.com
This automated system captures and records your information and helps dispatchers pinpoint the power outage. The faster dispatchers can identify the outage, the quicker your power can be restored.

How to Recognize a Natural Gas Leak

Smell – The distinctive odor of rotten eggs (You may not smell the odor if you have a diminished sense of smell, the odor is masked by other scents or it has faded.)

Look – Discolored or dead vegetation, disturbed soil or a dense mist above the pipeline

Listen – A loud and high-pitched sound

Act – If you smell or suspect a natural gas leak ...

Evacuate everyone from the building or site immediately and then call NJNG from a safe location at 800-GAS-LEAK (427-5325). Let us know where you are. 

  • Remove cigarettes or other smoking materials from the area, and then promptly extinguish them.
  • Do NOT use telephones, cellular OR cordless, on the premises where the leak is suspected.
  • Do NOT activate light switches, electrical appliances, flashlights, doorbells or even garage door openers as electrical appliances and devices could cause a spark.
  • Do NOT re-enter the building until NJNG has declared it to be safe.

For your safety, we promptly investigate suspected natural gas leaks as a FREE service 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

During a winter storm, if you see an injured or stranded animal that needs help, contact your local animal shelter or the Monmouth County SPCA
Please remember that homeless animals are in need of food during storm conditions. A bowl of food or unfrozen water can aid them in survival until conditions improve.
When making plans in case of an evacuation, be sure to plan for and bring along your pet.
FOOT CARE - Dogs walking in snowy areas may get large ice balls between their pads, causing the dog to limp. Be sure to keep ice clear from this area. For dogs that have a lot of hair between the pads, keeping it clipped shorter will help with ice ball formation. Dog boots offer protection to those dogs that will tolerate wearing them.

SALT AND CHEMICAL DE-ICERS - Pets who walk on sidewalks that have been "de-iced" are prone to dry, chapped, and potentially painful paws. This will encourage the pet to lick their paws, and ingestion may cause gastrointestinal irritation and upset. Wash off your pet's feet after an outing with a warm wet cloth or footbath.
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