Sheriff’s Office Unveils ‘Know Your Zone’ Coastal Safety Signs

Rumson Police Chief Scott Paterson, Freeholder Serena DiMaso, Sheriff Shaun Golden, OEM Coordinator Mike Oppegaard, Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long and Sea Bright Police Officer and OEM Coordinator Dan Chernavasky. (Photo courtesy Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office)

MONMOUTH COUNTY – September is National Preparedness Month, with each week dedicated to putting one piece of the disaster preparation plan together for you and your family.

Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden is reminding residents, visitors and businesses about the ‘Know Your Zone’ campaign implemented by the Office of Emergency Management last September. As part of that reminder, 70 signs will be put up in coastal communities across Monmouth County, the first being placed next to the Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge.

“There is no better time than now to launch these ‘Know Your Zone’ signs as we enter the peak of hurricane season in Monmouth County,” said Sheriff Shaun Golden, whose agency oversees the Monmouth County Office of Emergency Management. “With the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Sandy upon us, and the recent events unfolding in Texas, I hope that residents, visitors and businesses take this time to visit the website mcsonj.org/knowyourzone and familiarize themselves with the zone in which they live.”

70 ‘Know Your Zone’ signs will be placed throughout Monmouth County. (Photo courtesy Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office)

‘Know Your Zone’ links up to Monmouth County’s Coastal Evacuation Plan and is the first of its kind in New Jersey. Residents are placed in the A, B, C or D zone, and when a disaster strikes, they will be able to receive targeted evacuation messaging based on their specific zone.

Over the past year since the program launched, over 6,000 people visited mcsonj.org/knowyourzone to find out which zone they belong to.

There’s still time to catch up this month and develop a disaster preparation plan:

  • Week 1: September 1-9: Make a Plan for Yourself, Family and Friends
  • Week 2: September 10-16 – Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community
  • Week 3: September 17-23 – Practice and Build Out Your Plans
  • Week 4: September 24-30 – Get Involved! Be a Part of Something Larger

For more information about National Preparedness Month, visit ready.gov/september.

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Sara Grillo is the Assistant News Editor/Writer at Micromedia Publications. She has lived in numerous areas within Monmouth and Ocean Counties for the past 9 years. Grillo studied Journalism and Communication Arts at Ramapo College and has held positions in Marketing, Public Relations and Sales prior to writing for Micromedia. Readers can contact her by emailing [email protected]