Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management Hearings

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TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Sheriff’s Office has scheduled two public meetings with municipal officials to help formulate an updated disaster response plan.

The All Hazards Mitigation Plan (HMP) is required by state and federal agencies in order for municipalities to be eligible for certain disaster relief aid, said Ocean County Sheriff Michael G. Mastronardy.

“We are inviting mayors, emergency management coordinators, and other elected officials and municipal officials to attend one of two kick-off meetings scheduled for Wednesday, May 31,” Mastronardy said.

The meetings are scheduled for 1:30 to 3:30 pm at Mancini Hall in the Main Branch of the Ocean County Library, 101 Washington Street in Toms River and from 5 to 7 pm at the Ocean County Southern Service Center, 179 South Main Street, Manahawkin.

Both sessions are identical and officials need only attend one meeting, Mastronardy said.

The meetings are also open to the public.

Freeholder John P. Kelly, who is also Director of Law and Public Safety said it is vital for municipal officials to participate in one of these meetings.

“We want to ensure that if disaster strikes our county residents receive every ounce of state and federal aid that they are entitled to,” Kelly said.