FREEHOLD, NJ - The Monmouth County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is the lead agency in the county with regard to preparedness and response to Hurricane Irene. This web page will be updated with the most current information about the storm and the emergency response. You can also stay updated by checking out the county's Facebook page or by following the county on Twitter.  

Storm update:

As of Aug. 26, 2011 - 11:30 a.m. – Hurricane Irene is predicted to begin impacting Monmouth County mid-day Saturday, Aug. 27 and continue through Sunday, Aug. 28.  

    • The Board of Chosen Freeholders has issued a state of emergency for Monmouth County. This action allows the OEM to mobilize all county resources and direct them where they are needed to protect life and property. The actions can also include ordering mandatory evacuations and controlling traffic on all roadways.
    • At this time, residents living in coastal and low-lying areas are urged to evacuate voluntarily, especially those who have experienced flooding before.
    • If you are evacuating, please go to the home of a friend or family member who does not live in a coastal or low-lying area, preferably west of the Garden State Parkway. If you have nowhere to go, the Red Cross will be staffing two emergency shelters beginning at 5 p.m. Friday. Keep in mind, pets will not be permitted at the shelters:
      • Open at 5pm on Friday, August 26:
        Wall High School
        18th and New Bedford Road

        Holmdel High School
        4 Crawford's Corner Road

        Open as of 8am on Saturday, August 27:
        Colts Neck High School
        Route 537

    • OEM is continuing to coordinate and mobilize resources throughout the county. The county Department of Public Works and Engineering is continuing its work to clear catch basins of debris and deploy traffic cones and barriers in preparation of road closures.
    • OEM asks that you do your part to be ready for the storm: