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Welcome to Berkeley Township! Our newly designed website provides residents, and visitors, information about our ever-growing township and gives an overview of the functions of municipal government Click HERE for our suggestion/Feedback page.

Visit our website often and access our roster of programs and municipal services, which are geared to meet your needs and concerns. With innovative energetic leadership, and committed partners. Berkeley's future is brighter than ever with its attractive residential areas and charm of a resort town enjoyed by vacationers and lifelong residents. My goal, as your Mayor, along with our Township council members, is to ensure that Berkeley Township is well maintained, open and transparent for its citizens.   More...
Press Releases

Planning Board Meeting Cancelled

The Planning Board Meeting for Thursday, March 5, 2015 has been cancelled. All cases will be carried to the April 2nd Planning Board meeting. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Planning Board Secretary: Kelly Hugg, 732-244-7400; ext. 250

WINTER STORM WARNING

03-04-15 MAYOR AMATO WOULD LIKE TO LET RESIDENTS KNOW THAT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR OUR AREA. IT WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM THIS EVENING TO 7 PM EST THURSDAY, MARCH 5TH.

HAZARD TYPES - A STEADY ACCUMULATING SNOW POSSIBLY HEAVY AT TIMES... FROM LATE TONIGHT INTO THURSDAY.

SNOW ACCUMULATIONS....4 TO 8 INCHES..

TIMING - RAIN WILL CHANGE TO SNOW OVERNIGHT AND THE SNOW WILL CONTINUE INTO THURSDAY. IMPACTS - WIDESPREAD AND SUBSTANTIAL IMPACTS ON TRAVEL ARE EXPECTED FOR LATE TONIGHT AND THURSDAY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS: THIS WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS THAT SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE EXPECTED. THE SNOW WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE. As we prepare for this snow event, we would like to remind residents the following: FROM THE DIVISION OF STREETS AND ROADS: SNOW PLOW AND SALTING PROCEDURES At the start of a snow storm, salt and sanding vehicles are dispatched in Berkeley Township. Major roadways are usually done first, followed by secondary roadways. After the snow has stopped and it has been determined that accumulations have exceeded 5", the Township will begin to snow plow. The Township will utilize approximately 70 pieces of Township equipment and approximately 30 contracted loaders for cul-de-sacs. All streets are opened curb to curb to insure the drains are opened. Sanding and salting operations continue as needed. Each snowplow vehicle has been assigned a section to plow and will remain in that section until all roadways have been sufficiently cleaned. This may require the snowplow vehicle to make multiple passes on each street. Township forces will be plowing each street from curb to curb during each snowfall. On occasion, due to the lack of areas between the sidewalk and curb, sidewalks and driveway aprons may become covered with snow that falls off the snowplow blade. Township forces will not remove snow from any sidewalk or driveway apron in these instances. We regret this unfortunate inconvenience. At no time is snow to be disposed of into the street from the property, parking lots, driveways and sidewalks. All snow blowers should be directed to blow snow back onto the property. After the streets are plowed and salted, snow deposited back into the roadway creates hazardous situations, causes additional plowing of the streets and blocking of parked vehicles and driveways after the original cleanup. Summonses could be issued for non-compliance. We want to thank everyone for complying with these requests and following the ordinances, rules and regulations of the Township of Berkeley. Any questions on these policies and procedures, Call Steven J. Seiler, Principal Public Works Manager At: 732-349-4616 or 732-341-1022. Or you can Email:btpwsec@twp.berkeley.nj.us

FROM THE DIVISION OF POLICE: Township Ordinance 7-8.3 Temporary Parking Prohibited for Snow Plowing and Removal. Whenever snow has fallen and the accumulation is such that it covers the streets and highways, an emergency shall exist and no vehicle shall be parked on the streets or highways or portions thereof indicated. The parking prohibitions listed below shall remain in effect after the snow has ceased, until the streets have been plowed sufficiently and to the extent that parking will not interfere with the normal flow of traffic. Any unoccupied vehicle parked or standing in violation shall be deemed a nuisance and a menace to the safe and proper regulation of traffic and any Police Officer may provide for the removal of such vehicle. The owner shall pay the reasonable costs of the removal and storage, which may result from such removal before regaining possession of the vehicle.

OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT: OEM is now fully operational. A request list for dialysis patients for transport is being collected. Patients should call: Phone: (732) 914-8966 Or Email: berkeleytwp.oem@comcast.net

For additional general information and updates please check the website or turn on TV channel 22.

POWER OUTAGE INFORMATION

POWER OUTAGES: If a power outage occurs as a result of the severe weather, customers should call 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877) to report their outage or click the “Report Outage” link on: www.firstenergycorp.com via smartphone

In the event of downed utility wires, you should immediately report them to JCP&L at the number above or the Berkeley Township Police Department at 732-341-6600. Residents should never go near a downed power line, even if they think it is no longer carrying electricity. For additional general information and updates please check the website or turn on TV channel 22.

COLD WEATHER TIPS

Here are seven tips to help you prepare for and stay safe during the cold temperatures:

1. Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will help prevent losing body heat.

2. Bring the pets indoors. If that’s not possible, make sure they have enough shelter to keep them warm and that they can get to unfrozen water.

3. Avoid frozen pipes - run water, even at a trickle, to help prevent them from freezing. Keep the thermostat at the same temperature day and night to help avoid freezing pipes.

4. Do not use a stove or oven to heat the home.

5. Space heaters should sit on a level, hard surface and anything flammable should be kept at least three feet away.

6. If using a fireplace, use a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.

7. Turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed.

Report a Pothole

Mayor Amato would like residents to report any potholes by using the form below. Due to the harsh winter season we experience we realize that it creates numerous potholes throughout the Townships 271 miles of Roads. The Public Works Department is asking your help to let us know where these trouble spots are.

Click here to report the pothole location

Special Law Enforcement Officers Applications

Mayor Amato and Chief DiMichele are pleased to announce the Township Police Department is now accepting applications for Class 1 and Class 2 Special Law Enforcement Officers. The Information and application links are below.

The closing date for Class 1’s is March 13th at 4:00pm.

The closing date for Class 2's is March 20 at 4:00pm.

  • Cover letter & Instructions for Application
  • Application
  • FEMA Flood Map Information

    The interactive "What Is My BFE?" tool link below can help you compare the current effective and the revised FEMA flood hazard data available for your property. Click For The Base Flood Elevation (BFE) Lookup Tool

    WEEKLY POLICE BLOTTER 02-14-15

    Mayor Amato would like residents to be informed about police activity in Berkeley Township. This weeks police blotter can be found here....
  • POLICE BLOTTER - to February 14, 2015.
  • LMI Homeowners Rebuilding Program

    02-10-15 Mayor Amato would like to let Sandy damaged homeowners know that The Low-to-Moderate Income Homeowners Rebuilding Program is now accepting applications. ........More

    Click here to Apply

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    Emergency Notifications Via Nixle

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    Mayor Amato Announces
    Emergency Notification System

    Mayor Amato has introduced an emergency notification system (CODE RED) to alert residents and inform them in emergency situations. Click here to Sign-up

    OEM Special Needs data Sheet

    The Berkeley Township Office of Emergency Management wants to better serve the residents of Berkeley Township. Please fill out this Emergency Data form so that we are better prepared to assist you in your time of need. Click here for the Special Needs data Sheet

    FEMA & Sandy Disaster Information
    IMPORTANT FEMA LINKS
  • www.floodsmart.gov
  • Information regarding the National Flood Insurance Program

  • FEMA Website
  • Information regarding the National Flood Insurance Program

    Registered w/FEMA-STAY In Touch

    Mayor Amato urges residents who registered with FEMA by the May 1st deadline to keep their FEMA ID numbers and stay in touch with FEMA. Disaster assistance may be available for LOSSES NOT COVERED BY INSURANCE. Survivors should get in touch with FEMA as soon as they receive their insurance settlement. Be sure to have the registration number FEMA assigned to your application at hand. Survivors who registered for disaster assistance before the May 1 deadline may check the status of their applications online at www.disasterassistance.gov or call the FEMA Helpline, 800-621-3362, as soon as receive their insurance settlement. If you received a letter from FEMA saying you were not eligible for assistance, one reason may be that you had not yet received an insurance settlement and it could not be factored into your application. ..More.

    DIDN'T REGISTER WITH FEMA OR DENIED OTHER ASSISTANCE? HELP MAY BE A PHONE CALL AWAY

    Mayor Amato would like all residents who are still struggling after Superstorm Sandy to know that there are still resources out there that can help. -- As the anniversary of Superstorm Sandy approaches, some New Jersey survivors who didn't apply for federal disaster assistance may now need help. While the deadline to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency has passed, assistance may still be available from voluntary organizations through NJ 2-1-1. ....More

    Disaster Legal Response Program: Volunteer Lawyers for Justice, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, is providing direct legal assistance to the victims of Super Storm Sandy. Volunteer attorneys provide limited legal assistance and advice to all storm survivors. Case descriptions for clients requiring additional legal assistance and who meet VLJ's financial eligibility guidelines are sent to volunteer attorneys via a weekly case list email. The most commonly encountered legal issues include insurance, FEMA, landlord tenant and contractor issues. Please call VLJ's toll free disaster hotline at (855) 301-2525.

    Preliminary FEMA Maps RELEASED Mayor Amato has learned the Preliminary FEMA Maps have been released. "The original ABFE maps released in December had nearly 40% of the homes in the maritime area in the Velocity "V- Zones". The Preliminary BFE maps released today, have removed that designation. Berkeley homes are no longer in the dreaded "V" Zone and some height elevations have also been reduced. Were very pleased these Preliminary Maps appear to have taken into consideration our argument." Mayor Amato said. " We will be meeting with our professional staff to review thoroughly and add comments to the process as needed. My letter and Council's Resolution: ....RESOLUTION - PROCLAIMING ITS ADOPTION OF THE ADVISORY BASE FLOOD ELEVATIONS UNDER EXTREME PROTEST to FEMA was pretty clear in pointing out the flaws in the ABFE's. This is good news for our residents and Township. The rebuilding process for many can now commence knowing now what the future holds." Mayor Amato said. "The Mayor and Council will re-focus our efforts to the repeal or modification of the Biggert- Waters flood insurance rate act." Mayor Amato concluded.
  • Base Flood Elevation(BFE) Address Lookup Tool
  • Fema Interactive Map of the Jersey Shore, Type your address in the upper right hand corner
  • FLOOD INSURANCE AND MITIGATION HELPLINE Mayor Amato would like residents to know if you have questions about the National Flood Insurance Program and mitigation techniques, FEMA has set up a helpline to call to get the most up-to-date information. The number is 1-877-287-9804 for people who need information about flood insurance, the latest ....More

  • FEMA Base Flood Elevation Mapping Information FEMA has posted the proposed new Flood Elevation maps with tools to see what your area is classified as. Click here for The Web page
  • Advisory Base Flood Elevations - NJ and NY Frequently asked Questions Click Here for the Info
  • Changes in the Flood Insurance Program Preliminary Considerations for Rebuilding Click Here for the Info
  • Answers to Questions About the National Flood Insurance Program Click Here for the Info
  • GAP FUNDING INITIATIVE GRANT Application period is Closed..
  • Click here for the application and more information
  • 05-20-2014 JERSEY CENTRAL POWER & LIGHT RECOMMENDATIONS FOR NEW CONSTRUCTION OR REBUILDING

    To accommodate rebuilding efforts and provide guidance in those areas where customers may have to raise their homes up in compliance with the new FEMA standards,
  • .... Click Here For the Full Details
  • "ReNew Jersey Stronger" Housing Recovery Center For more information on the "reNew Jersey Stronger" initiative, including details about the application process, determination of eligibility, and award calculation, visit

  • www.renewjerseystronger.org
  • or call the hotline number 1-855-SANDYHM (1-855-726-3946).

    The Ocean County Housing Recovery Center that will open is located at: 750 Vassar Avenue, Lakewood, NJ.

    New Jersey' Clean Energy Program - Energy Incentives Mayor Amato would like to remind residents of the New Jersey' Clean Energy Program's enhanced incentives for High Efficiency Appliances for Storm Victims. Berkeley Township is designated as a "major" damaged area impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Because of this designation, Berkeley residents may be eligible for enhanced incentives on high efficiency equipment/appliances. ...More

    Ocean County’s Long Term Recovery Group

    Mayor Amato urges residents who are still financially struggling from Superstorm Sandy to reach out to Ocean County’s Long Term Recovery Group.
  • ...More Information
  • Homes For All, Inc. has grant funds available for re-building. Contact 732-286-7929. ....Click Here for More Information

    New Jersey Natural Gas Update regarding Demolishing or Raising Your Post-Sandy Home
  • NJNG website update
  • WIND DAMAGE LETTER: To facilitate the claims process, Mayor Amato has provided a letter for homeowners who are having problems with their Homeowners Insurance Company regarding wind damage. In addition the OEM Coordinator for Seaside Park has provided us with a letter stating an actual wind gust of 97 mph

    ....Wind Damage letter

    ....Seaside Park Memo measuring wind Gust of 97 mph

    NJDEP BLUE ACRES PROGRAM: NJDEP Blue Acres Info Page

  • NJ Dept of Community Affairs rebuilding restoration guidelines for Sandy Victims NJ DCA Division of Codes Webpage
  • Evacuation Letter for Homeowners in South Seaside Park. Homeowners who own property in South Seaside Park who's Insurance Companies need more than the Governor's Executive Order to prove they are not allowed to live in their homes at this time. ....Click Here to print the Letter
  • Calendar of Events
    View the interactive Calendar of events.
    Emergency Management & Weather
    Click for Bayville, New Jersey Forecast Local Weather for Berkeley Township, NJ
    View the Emergency Management page.