Emergency Management

The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is responsible for the Township's all-hazard Emergency Operations Plan. The plan outlines how Middletown will function during emergency or disaster conditions.

The office regularly conducts preparedness drills, assists organizations with their emergency plans and seeks to educate the public about the value of emergency preparedness. OEM is actively involved with several county projects including the Hazard Mitigation Plan, Registry Ready, and a Mass Distribution Plan.

Know Someone with a Disability? Make Sure They Register with NJ Register Ready!


Middletown’s Office of Emergency Management encourages residents with disabilities to register with NJ Register Ready. This free program is designed to assist first responders and emergency planners in identifying community members who may need assistance evacuating in advance of an emergency.

Visit www.middletownnj.org/njregisterready for more information about the program and the three ways you can register.

Instructions on how to sign up for Nixle

Get Ready Middletown: Preparing for Emergencies

The likelihood that you and your family will recover from an emergency tomorrow often depends on the planning and preparing you do TODAY! Read the Office of Emergency Management’s guide (PDF) and FEMA's guide to citizen preparedness (PDF) to help you prepare for emergencies.

Flood Safety

Failing to evacuate flooded areas, entering flood waters, or remaining after a flood has passed can result in injury or death. Are you prepared? 

  • Protect your property 
  • Move valuables to higher levels 
  • Declutter drains and gutters 
  • Install check valves 
  • Consider a sump pump with a battery 
  • Keep important documents in a waterproof container. Create password-protected digital copies. 
  • Purchase or renew a flood insurance policy. It typically takes up to 30 days for a policy to go into effect and can protect the life you’ve built. Homeowner’s policies do not cover flooding. 

Visit the Ready.gov page on floods to learn more about flood safety. Pets are family too! Be sure to include them in your emergency plans. Visit the New Jersey Department of Agriculture Animal Emergency page to find out more! Residents with disabilities or access and functional needs (or their families, friends, caregivers and associates) can provide information that would allow emergency responders to better plan to serve them in a disaster or other emergency. The information will be held securely and only used for emergency planning response. To register for NJ’s Register Ready program, call 2-1-1 or visit the Register Ready website.

Be Ready in a Flash - Create  a Survival Flash Drive

If there were a fire, flood, or other disaster that destroyed your home, where would your important documents such as birth certificate, passport, deed, licenses, permits, etc. be? Protect yourself by scanning all your important documents and storing them on a Survival Flash Drive.

  • Purchase a USB Flash Drive (also called memory sticks or thumb drives due to their small size)
  • Use a permanent marker, sticker, or label to put the world "ICE" (In Case of Emergency) on it
  • Scan your important documents using a scanner, and store the files on the Survival Flash Drive

What to Put on Your Flash Drive

All Govern Issued IDs, Licenses, Permits, and Certificates for Each Family Member

  • Birth Certificate
  • Driver's License/ID
  • Gun Permit
  • Immigration Papers
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Passport
  • Social Security Card
  • Veteran/Discharge Papers
  • Work Permits/Licenses

Important Non-Government Documents

  • Advance Directives
  • Bank Accounts
  • Business Records
  • Contracts
  • Credit Card Accounts
  • Divorce/Custody Papers
  • Health Plan Information
  • Insurance (Home/Auto)
  • Medical Records
  • Power of Attorney
  • Real Estate/Mortgage
  • Rental Agreement
  • Restraining Order
  • Vaccination Records
  • Wills

Other Important Information

  • Current Photos of Each Family Member and Pet
  • Important Family Pictures
  • Emergency Contact List with Addresses and Phone Numbers

Keep It Up-to-Date

Remember to keep the information on your Survival Flash Drive current by updating it regularly.

Password Protect / Encrypt the Information

For an added level of security, you can password-protect the files or encrypt the drive using software like TrueCrypt. Keep in mind that emergency workers would have a hard time opening protected files.

Store It in a Safe Location

Store your Survival Flash Drive in a small sealed plastic bag to prevent damage from the elements. Attach it to your key chain, put it in your purse, put it in a fireproof and waterproof safe, put it in a drawer at work, or put it in the glove box of your vehicle. Keep a copy wherever you think it will be safe and available in an emergency away from your house (in case of fire or flood).

Special Medical Conditions

Create a document on your computer that includes all the details personnel may need to know in an emergency. Name the document ICE (which stands for In Case of Emergency). Safe a copy of the ICE document on your Survival Flash Drive.

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