Training Uniform Guidance- Coast Guard
Motorcycle riders should review the JB MDL motorcycle policy letter accessible by calling the safety office or by visit https://afkm.wpafb.af.mil/community/views/home.aspx?Filter=25618.
All motorcycle training courses are held at the Lakehurst motorcycle range. The JB MDL Safety Office offers three motorcycle training courses from April through November: Basic Riders’ Course, Basic Riders’ Course 2 (formerly the Experienced Riders’ Course) and Sport Bike Course. Loaner bikes are available for the Basic Rider’s Course. The training schedule is scheduled to be posted to https://afkm.wpafb.af.mil/community/views/home.aspx?Filter=25618 in February.
Enlisted Rank Insignia
ARMY — * For rank and precedence within the Army, specialist ranks immediately below corporal. Among the services, however, rank and precedence are determined by pay grade.
NAVY/COAST GUARD — * A specialty mark in the center of a rating badge indicates the wearer’s particular rating.
** Gold stripes indicate 12 or more years of good conduct.
*** 1. Master chief petty officer of the Navy and fleet and force master chief petty officers.
2. Command master chief petty officers wear silver stars.
3. Master chief petty officers wear silver stars and silver specialty rating marks.
The U.S. Coast Guard is a part of the Department of Homeland Security in peacetime and the Navy in times of war. Coast Guard rank insignia are the same as the Navy except for color and the seaman recruit rank, which has one stripe.
E-1 THROUGH E-3 LEVELS
Service members in pay grades E-1 through E-3 are usually either in some kind of training status or on their initial assignment. The training includes the basic training phase where recruits are immersed in military culture and values and are taught the core skills required by their service component.
Basic training is followed by a specialized or advanced training phase that provides recruits with a specific area of expertise or concentration. In the Army and Marines, this area is called a military occupational specialty; in the Navy it is known as a rate; and in the Air Force it is simply called an Air Force specialty.
MID-LEVEL ENLISTED RANKS
Leadership responsibility significantly increases in the mid-level enlisted ranks. This responsibility is given formal recognition by use of the terms noncommissioned officer and petty officer. An Army sergeant, an Air Force staff sergeant, and a Marine corporal are considered NCO ranks. The Navy NCO equivalent, petty officer, is achieved at the rank of petty officer third class.
E-8 AND E-9 LEVEL
At the E-8 level, the Army, Marines and Air Force have two positions at the same pay grade. Whether one is, for example, a senior master sergeant or a first sergeant in the Air Force depends on the person’s job. The same is true for the positions at the E-9 level. Marine Corps master gunnery sergeants and sergeants major receive the same pay but have different responsibilities. All told, E-8s and E-9s have 15 to 30 years on the job, and are commanders’ senior advisers for enlisted matters.
A third E-9 element is the senior enlisted person of each service. The sergeant major of the Army, the sergeant major of the Marine Corps, the master chief petty officer of the Navy and the chief master sergeant of the Air Force are the spokespersons of the enlisted force at the highest levels of their services.
Vehicle and Motorcycle Registration
Vehicle registration is not required for entry to the installation. Vehicle decals are optional and may be obtained at any Welcome Center.
To register a vehicle on base, provide proof of insurance, a valid driver’s license, vehicle registration and a military identification card. If a vehicle is leased, the member will need a copy of the lease agreement. Decals will not be issued if the owner has a temporary vehicle registration. If owners have questions concerning registration, visit one of the welcome centers.
Motorcycle operators require a valid motorcycle license and must attend motorcycle safety training to register their motorcycles on base. For more information, contact the Safety Office at (609) 754-7233.
Training Uniform Guidance- Navy
Every motor vehicle registered in this State which is used over any public road, street, or highway or any public or quasi-public property in this State, and every vehicle subject to enhanced inspection and maintenance programs pursuant to 40 C.F.R.s.51.356, except historic motor vehicles registered as such, collector motor vehicles designated as such pursuant to this subsection, and those vehicles over 8,500 pounds gross weight that are under the inspection jurisdiction of the commission pursuant to Titles 27 and 48 (as amended by this legislation) of the Revised Statutes, shall be inspected by designated examiners or at official inspection facilities to be designated by the commission or at licensed private inspection facilities. The commission shall adopt rules and regulations establishing a procedure for the designation of motor vehicles as collector motor vehicles, which designation shall include consideration by the commission of one or more of the following factors: the age of the vehicle, the number of such vehicles originally manufactured, the number of such vehicles that are currently in use, the total number of miles the vehicle has been driven, the number of miles the vehicle has been driven during the previous year or other period of time determined by the commission, and whether the vehicle has a collector classification for insurance purposes.
Speed While Driving On Base
The base-wide speed limit is 25 mph unless otherwise posted.
Traffic accidents, moving and parking violations may result in suspension or revocation actions and traffic point assessments involving military and DOD civilian personnel, their family members and other personnel operating motor vehicles on a military installation.
1-10 MPH.................. $0................... 3 points
11-15 MPH............ $113.00.............. 4 points
16-20 MPH............ $123.00.............. 5 points
20+ MPH................. Court................ 6 points
Privately Owned Weapons (POW)
Personnel who live in dormitories/barracks or temporarily are staying in lodging need to store their POWs at the Armory Building 6049 8th St. All residents must register their firearms in the POW program if temporarily or permanently stored on base, to include privatized military housing (see Firearms Registration).
Base housing residents must store their POWs with SFS until they are properly registered. Weapons must be registered at the ARMAG but are not required to store POWs. The 87th SFS will store POWs for dorm/barracks residents for an unspecified amount of time.
The ARMAG Building 6049A (Dix) is open 24/7. A representative will always be available
to register, provide information about or store POWs.
Residents are briefed in newcomer’s briefings about the rules and storage information for personal firearms. The Military and Family Support Center hosts the newcomers’ briefs.
Firearm owners must show up in person with the appropriate paperwork from their commanders.
If transporting firearms, they must be unloaded, and contained in a closed and fastened case, gun box or locked in the trunk of a motor vehicle. Contact the 87th SFS armory for more details at (609) 754-3197 or 3938.
Dormitory residents on McGuire and Dix must register privately owned firearms and store them in the 87th Security Forces Squadron armory upon arrival. To register firearms, complete an Air Force Form 1314, which requires commander’s signature, Department of Defense Form 2760 and receive a Lautenberg briefing. Forms are available at the Security Forces Armory at 6049 B Doughboy Loop. Members must take the completed form and firearm to the SFS armory within 72 hours of arrival.
Cell Phones on Base
Cell phone usage must be HANDS FREE. This means some type of Bluetooth earpiece or integrated Bluetooth in-car system. If you have neither, pull over and make or take your call. No texting while driving.
Military.............................................. 3 points
Civilian..................................... $125 + points
Training Uniform Guidance- Air Force
Reveille, Retreat & Taps
Reveille will sound at 6 a.m. and will be immediately followed by “To the Colors.” At the first note of Reveille, all military personnel in uniform will immediately face the flag and stand at parade rest (if flag is not in view, face the source of music). When Reveille concludes, come to attention and salute at the first note of “To the Colors,” hold salute until the last note. Civilian and military personnel not in uniform should place right hand over heart at the first note of “To the Colors” and keep it there until the last note. Males should remove headgear with right hand and hold it at the left shoulder with right hand over heart. Saluting is optional for service members and veterans not in uniform. If in a moving vehicle, pull to the side of the road and stop. All vehicle occupants should sit quietly until the last note of music.
Retreat will sound at 5 p.m. and be immediately followed by the National Anthem. At the first note of Retreat, all military personnel in uniform will immediately face the flag and stand at parade rest (if flag is not in view, face the source of music). When Retreat concludes, come to attention and salute at the first note of the National Anthem, hold salute until the last note. Civilian and military personnel not in uniform should place right hand over heart at the first note of the National Anthem and keep it there until the last note. Males should remove headgear with right hand and hold it at the left shoulder with right hand over heart. Saluting is optional for service members and veterans not in uniform. If in a moving vehicle, pull to the side of the road and stop. All vehicle occupants should sit quietly until the last note of music.
Note: If wearing an official physical training uniform for Reveille or Retreat, military personnel will follow their service specific-guidance (i.e., Army and Air Force personnel will follow the “in uniform” guidance, while other service members will follow the “not in uniform” guidance).
Taps will play at 10 p.m. All personnel outdoors should stand, face the flag or source of music and remain silent.
AtHoc Mass Notification System
AtHoc is an emergency mass-notification system used at JB MDL that provides state-of-the art emergency notifications throughout Air Mobility Command. This emergency notification system has five capabilities:
- Network Alerting System for desktop, email and text messaging notifications to personnel both on and off duty.
- Telephone alerting capability to personnel via a commercial call center.
- Integration with the Giant Voice systems.
- Capability to centrally manage, track and display alerts from all personal and mass devices that were used to make the notifications.
- Failover capability for server locations.
Officer Rank IInsignia
Officer ranks in the United States military consist of commissioned officers and warrant officers. The commissioned ranks are the highest in the military. These officers hold presidential commissions and are confirmed at their ranks by the Senate. Army, Air Force and Marine Corps officers are called company grade officers in the pay grades of O-1 to O-3, field grade officers in pay grades O-4 to O-6 and general officers in pay grades O-7 and higher. The equivalent officer groupings in the Navy are called junior grade, mid-grade and flag.
Warrant officers hold warrants from their service secretary and are specialists and experts in certain military technologies or capabilities. The lowest ranking warrant officers serve under a warrant, but they receive commissions from the president upon promotion to chief warrant officer 2. These commissioned warrant officers are direct representatives of the president of the United States. They derive their authority from the same source as commissioned officers but remain specialists, in contrast to commissioned officers, who are generalists. There are no warrant officers in the Air Force.
Naval officers wear distinctively different rank devices depending upon the uniform they’re wearing. The three basic uniforms and rank devices used are: khakis, collar insignia pins; whites, stripes on shoulder boards; and blues, stripes sewn on the lower coat sleeves.
To Burlington and Ocean Counties
Welcome to the Garden State!
New Jersey’s Burlington and Ocean counties, both part of the Delaware Valley area, are east of the Delaware River. Burlington County stretches across the state, with its southeast corner stretching toward estuaries leading to New Jersey’s Great Bay. To the east of Burlington, Ocean County stretches to the Jersey Shore, with most of the county being flat and coastal, including parts of the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge.
Burlington County, population 449,284 in July 2016, is home to the city of Mount Holly Township, the county seat, and McGuire Air Force Base and Fort Dix. Ocean County has 592,497 residents, and its county seat is Toms River. The county is home to NAS Lakehurst.
Both counties are rich in historical and cultural attractions plus modern amenities. In addition to inviting landscapes and peaceful natural settings, there are numerous museums and parks. Outdoor activities abound, among them hiking, camping, biking, beachcombing and more.
There are also shopping, dining and nightlife opportunities to explore: Annual events and festivals celebrate everything from the area’s agriculture to Arts in the Park, and many showcase the history of New Jersey.
Burlington and Ocean counties each have long and rich histories, dating far beyond colonial America.
The indigenous Lenni Lenape were the earliest-known inhabitants of the area that would be Burlington and Ocean counties. Annually, these people migrated from as far away as the area of what would be Delaware to enjoy the shore and its plentiful food supply.
Anglo-European records of Burlington County date to 1681, when a court was established in the Province of West Jersey. The county was formed May 17, 1694, named for Bridlington, a town in England. Burlington County was the seat of government for the Province of West Jersey until its amalgamation with East Jersey in 1702, forming the Province of New Jersey. The county was much larger and was partitioned to form additional counties as the population increased. In 1714 one partition to the north became Hunterdon County, which itself was later partitioned to form three additional counties. The county seat had been in Burlington, but, as the population increased in the interior, away from the Delaware River, a more central location was needed. The seat of government was moved to Mount Holly in 1793.
The 1793 state legislature approved the relocation of the Burlington County seat from Burlington City to Mount Holly, which was approved by voters in a 1796 referendum. Several important municipal buildings were constructed, including the courthouse in 1796 and the county prison built circa 1819. The Burlington County Prison was designed by Robert Mills, a nationally known architect who designed the Washington Monument. The town has numerous 18th- and 19th-century buildings, most of which are included in the Mount Holly Historic District; it is listed in the New Jersey and National Register of Historic Places. Commercial buildings were constructed primarily along High Street. In 1849, the Burlington and Mount Holly Railroad was established, connecting communities along the Delaware River to Philadelphia, the major city of the area. The railroad supported industrialization along its route.
In addition to the indigenous people and the European settlers, people of color played important roles in developing the region. The African-American presence in New Jersey, including the area that encompassed Mount Holly, extended back at least to the late 17th century, when slavery served as a source of labor for agriculture and industry. That practice continued until 1804, when the New Jersey legislature passed “An Act for the Gradual Abolition of Slavery.” Although this law freed children of enslaved parents when those children reached the age of majority, it did not emancipate those currently enslaved and it permitted the practice of “apprentice for life” until 1865. Members of Burlington County’s African American and Quaker communities participated actively in the antebellum abolition movement, and Mount Holly became one of the original stops on the Underground Railroad. The town’s historic village of Timbuctoo, a community of free African Americans founded in 1820, was such a haven for escaping slaves using this network.
Burlington County’s proximity to the transportation hubs of Philadelphia and Camden, as well as its agricultural, canning, manufacturing and textile industries, contributed to its economic success as a regional force by the onset of the 19th century.
In the 20th century, the region’s economy received a boost from the Camp Dix Army base, established in 1917 as a staging and training center for World War I. During the 1930s, the camp served as a base for members of the Civilian Conservation Corps, and in 1939 the Army made it a permanent military base, Fort Dix. In 1948, Fort Dix Airport was renamed McGuire Air Force Base.
As in Philadelphia and Camden, to which Mount Holly’s economy was closely tied, the latter part of the 20th century became a period of economic decline. National trends of mills, factories and food-processing plants relocating to less unionized states or overseas meant a loss of blue-collar and middle-class jobs and residents.
During Dutch exploration in the early 1600s, Capt. Cornelius Hendrickson charted the New Jersey coast and Barnegat Bay in the areas that would eventually become Ocean County. Hendrickson sailed through Barnegat Inlet into the bay on a small Dutch ship from which he charted the Toms River, the forks of Forked River and Great Bay. By the end of the 17th century, whalers were at work off the coast. This opened the region to settlement. Soon saw and grist mills flourished along the streams and rivers leading into the bay.
These whalers were the grandfathers and fathers of the privateers during the American Revolution. Ocean County endured 23 Loyalist and British attacks on its saltworks, as well as other skirmishes during the Revolution. There were 77 naval battles off the coast.
After the Revolution, new industries grew. Forges and furnaces were built to smelt the local bog ore into pig iron. Thousands of acres of trees were cut to produce charcoal. Commercial fishing and boat building along the coastal region became primary industries in the county. By the mid-1850s, “cranberrying” and farming had expanded in the rural regions of the county.
Ocean County was officially established Feb. 15, 1850, from portions of Monmouth County, with the addition of Little Egg Harbor Township which was annexed from Burlington County March 30, 1891.
Toms River was selected as the seat of the new county government. On May 8, 1850, the first Board of Chosen Freeholders, consisting of two representatives from each of the six original townships, selected insignia to represent the public officials of the time. The sloop, schooner and steamboat are still the official seals of the Freeholders, County Clerk and Surrogate, respectively. The choice of these symbols reflects the maritime tradition of the area.
One of the first tasks was to construct a courthouse and a jail. By September 1851, the new courthouse was serving the public’s needs. The adjoining county jail, containing 10 cells, was of compatible architecture. The sheriff’s residence, built in the courtyard behind the courthouse, remains to this day. The courthouse quickly became a gathering point for social meetings, political rallies and conventions, as well as a mustering center during the Civil War. With the start of the war in 1861, members of the county supported President Lincoln’s call for volunteers to join the Union Army. Of the 478 who served, the county lost 59 to the ultimate sacrifice. It was also during this time that railroad service began in the area, transporting Union troops.
A continuous history of shipping accidents along the coast during the 19th century prompted Congress to appropriate funding for the construction of lifesaving stations. Within a few years, the first station, built in 1849, was joined by many more, every 5 miles along the shore. This early Lifesaving Service became the forerunner to the United States Coast Guard Service founded in 1915. That year also saw Ocean County as the only county in New Jersey to support a referendum to amend the state constitution extending suffrage to women.
As the United States entered World War I, the U.S. Army established Camp Kendrick. The U.S. Navy, which had acquired Camp Kendrick from the Army in 1919, commissioned it in June as Lakehurst Naval Air Station to be used as a lighter-than-air base. Lakehurst NAS was the site where the Hindenburg — a huge, luxurious, German-built dirigible — crashed in a fiery blaze in 1937.
In 1950, Ocean County celebrated its centennial, and in 1954 the Garden State Parkway opened. By the 1970s, the county’s population mushroomed to 208,470. Since 1990, Ocean County has been one of New Jersey’s fastest-growing counties, representing more than 60 racial and ancestral ethnic groups. Ocean County was also the fastest growing county in New Jersey between 2000 and 2010 in terms of increase in the number of residents and second-highest in percentage growth
State of New Jersey
Office of Emergency
The New Jersey Office of Emergency Management, under the direction of the New Jersey State Police, plans for and responds to natural and man-made disasters. The division’s bureaus include Communications, Emergency Response, Recovery and Preparedness. Visit the division’s website for guides on survival kits and evacuations as well as preparedness information for severe weather, pandemics, technological hazards, special resources concerning pets and animals, and more.
Emergency Management 609-518-7200
The Burlington County Office of Emergency Management coordinates, maintains and administers emergency management and homeland security practices through education in the areas of mitigation, preparedness, response, recovery, detection, prevention and protection. Visit the office’s website for the county’s disaster planning guide and other disaster preparedness information.
Emergency Management 732-349-2010
Ocean County’s Office of Emergency Management, a division of the county Sheriff’s Office, develops and enhances the county’s disaster preparedness and recovery plans for all hazards. Visit the department’s website for the county’s hurricane guide and other disaster preparedness information.
Weather and Climate
Burlington and Ocean counties enjoy about 200 sunny days per year. Higher humidity in the more inland areas makes summertime temperatures somewhat more uncomfortable.
Burlington County has a humid-subtropical/humid continental transition climate, with relatively cold winters and hot summers. However, the weather of the county is moderated by the nearby Atlantic Ocean. Rain is common year-round, and severe thunderstorms are common during warmer months. Most precipitation falls in summer months, and annual rainfall is about 41 inches. The county’s warmest month is July, with an average high of 87 degrees and an average low of 64 degrees. The coldest month is January, with an average high of 41 degrees and an average low of 22 degrees.
In Ocean County, the warmest month is July, with an average high of 85 degrees and an average low of 64 degrees. The coldest month is January, with an average high of 41 degrees and an average low of 22 degrees. Most precipitation falls in summer months, and average yearly rainfall is about 46 inches. Areas closer to the coast typically experience more mild winters and cooler summers due to the Atlantic Ocean’s influence.
Every second counts in a disaster so planning and preparation can be lifesavers.
The State of New Jersey Department Office of Emergency Management provides residents, communities, public safety professionals, businesses and schools with invaluable information and resources for dealing with calamities, from floods to fires to earthquakes, hazardous waste and terrorism, to name just a few. Go to the website, http://ready.nj.gov, and click on “Plan & Prepare” and then learn how to confront specific emergencies, create an emergency plan and emergency kit, save your pet, and make necessary adaptations for the elderly and those with special needs.
Another great resource for natural disaster and severe weather information is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov/disasters. Here you can find information on how to prepare for various weather emergencies.
The following are considered significant hazards in New Jersey.
Earthquakes can occur almost anywhere in New Jersey. Besides the damage from the shaking, earthquakes can trigger landslides, surface fault ruptures and liquefaction, all of which can cause injury or property damage. Contact your local city or county government for information on how to be prepared where you live. More information and ideas on how to secure the contents of your home can be found by visiting http://ready.nj.gov/plan-prepare/earthquakes.shtml.
Extreme Heat and Sun Exposure
Some exposure to sunlight is good, even healthy, but too much can be dangerous. Broad-spectrum ultraviolet radiation, listed as a known carcinogen by the National Institute of Environmental Health Science, can cause blistering sunburns as well as long-term problems like skin cancer, cataracts and immune system suppression. Overexposure also causes wrinkling and premature aging of the skin.
Cloud cover reduces UV levels, but not completely. Depending on cloud cover thickness, you can still burn on a chilly, overcast day, so be prepared with sunglasses, sunscreen, long-sleeved garments, wide-brimmed hats and a parasol.
Because of the county’s high temperatures, it is important to take precautions to avoid heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Stay indoors when temperatures are extreme. Drink cool liquids often, particularly water, even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid alcoholic beverages as they dehydrate the body. Eat small, frequent meals and avoid foods high in protein, as they increase metabolic heat.
If you must venture outdoors, avoid going out during midday hours. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing to reflect sunlight. Avoid strenuous activities and keep hydrated. Cover all exposed skin with a high SPF sunscreen and follow general sun exposure precautions. Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
Heat exhaustion symptoms include heavy sweating; weakness; cold, pale and clammy skin; a fast, weak pulse; nausea or vomiting; and fainting. If you experience symptoms of heat exhaustion, you should move to a cooler location. Lie down and loosen your clothing, then apply cool, wet cloths to your body. Sip water. If you have vomited and it continues, seek medical attention. You should seek out immediate medical attention if you experience symptoms of heat stroke, such as a body temperature of more than 103 degrees; hot, red, dry or moist skin; a rapid and strong pulse; or unconsciousness. For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat.
Floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States. Even beyond coastal regions, flash floods, inland flooding and seasonal storms affect every region of the country, damaging homes and businesses. It is dangerous to underestimate the force and power of water.
During a flood watch or warning, gather your emergency supplies and stay tuned to local radio or TV stations for further weather information. If you are outdoors during a rainstorm, seek higher ground. Avoid walking through any floodwaters — even water 6 inches deep can sweep you off your feet. If you are driving, avoid flooded areas. The majority of deaths in floods occur when people drive through flooded areas. Roads concealed by water may not be intact. Water only a foot deep can displace a vehicle. If your vehicle stalls, leave it immediately and seek higher ground. Rapidly rising water can engulf a vehicle and sweep it away.
For more on protecting yourself from flooding in New Jersey, go to http://ready.nj.gov/plan-prepare/floods.shtml.
Hurricane season begins June 1 and ends
Nov. 30. Hurricane hazards come in many forms, including high winds, heavy rain, flooding and storm surges (high tidal waves). Visit http://ready.nj.gov/plan-prepare/hurricanes.shtml for preparedness tips and help in creating a hurricane emergency plan.
While more likely at certain times of the year, thunderstorms can happen anytime. A severe thunderstorm can knock out power; bring high winds, lightning, flash floods and hail; and spin into a twister in seconds. Pay attention to storm warnings. Remember the rule: “When thunder roars, head indoors.” The National Weather Service recommends following the 30/30 rule: People should seek shelter if the “flash-to-bang” delay — length of time in seconds from the sight of the lightning flash to the arrival of its subsequent thunder — is 30 seconds or less, and remain under cover for 30 minutes after the final thunderclap.
For more information, visit the National Weather Service’s website at http://ready.nj.gov/plan-prepare/thunderstorms-lightning.shtml.
Tornadoes can develop quickly, with minimal warning, so it is important to have a plan in place before they occur. If a tornado watch is issued, weather conditions favor the formation of tornadoes, such as during a severe thunderstorm. A tornado warning is issued when a tornado funnel is sighted or indicated by weather radar. You should take shelter immediately during a tornado warning.
For more information on tornado preparedness, go to http://ready.nj.gov/plan-prepare/tornadoes.shtml.
The majority of wildfires are caused by humans. Causes include arson, recreational fires that get out of control, negligently discarded cigarettes and debris burning. Natural causes like lightning can also cause a wildfire.
If your home is in an area prone to wildfires, you can mitigate your risk. Have an evacuation plan and maintain a defensible area that is free of anything that will burn, such as wood piles, dried leaves, newspapers and other brush.
Even if your home is not in the vicinity of a wildfire, the smoke and ash produced by wildfires can create air quality issues for hundreds of miles. Pay attention to local air quality reports following a wildfire in your area.
Wildfires are unpredictable and impossible to forecast so preparation is especially important. Visit http://ready.nj.gov/plan-prepare/wildfires.shtml for information on wildfire preparedness.
Prepare for winter storms by assembling a disaster supply kit for your home and vehicle. Have your car winterized before the winter storm season arrives. Listen to weather forecasts and plan ahead.
When winter storms and blizzards hit, dangers include strong winds, blinding snow and frigid wind chills. Avoid unnecessary travel during storm watches and warnings and stay indoors.
Winter storms can also cause power outages. During a power outage, gather in a central room with an alternative heat source. Use fireplaces, wood stoves and other heaters only if they are properly vented to the outside. Never use an electric generator or a gas or charcoal grill indoors. The fumes are deadly. If you use a space heater, keep the heater away from any object that may catch fire (drapes, furniture or bedding) and never leave it unattended. Avoid letting pipes freeze and rupture by leaving faucets slightly open so they drip continuously.
For more information on winter preparedness and winterizing your home and vehicles, visit http://ready.nj.gov/plan-prepare/winter.shtml.
Chamber of Commerce
Use the chambers’ online membership directories to connect with local businesses as you settle into your new community.
Burlington County Regional Chamber of Commerce
520 Fellowship Road, E502
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054 856-439-2520
Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce
1027 Hooper Ave., Building 1, Second Floor, Suite 5
Toms River, NJ 08753 732-349-0220
Official state, county and city websites are valuable resources for newcomers because they provide information on the local government’s boards and committees, public safety organizations, community social services and other helpful agencies. They also give up-to-date information on municipal contacts, local events and recreational opportunities.
For more information on your new home, visit:
- State of New Jersey: www.nj.gov
- Burlington County: www.co.burlington.nj.us
- Ocean County: www.co.ocean.nj.us
- Township of Mount Holly: http://twp.mountholly.nj.us
- Township of Evesham: www.evesham-nj.org
- Township of Moorestown: www.moorestown.nj.us
- Township of Pemberton: www.pemberton-twp.com
- Wrightstown: http://wrightstownborough.com
- Township of Toms River: http://tomsrivertownship.com
- Township of Jackson: www.jacksontwpnj.net
- Township of Lakewood: www.lakewoodnj.gov
News and Social Media
Get a feel for your new community by tapping into its news and entertainment options online. From local news media or social media, you can get a better feel for the vibe of your new town from the comfort of your armchair at home.
- The Trentonian: www.trentonian.com
- Asbury Park Press: www.app.com
- ABC: http://abc7ny.com
- FOX: www.fox29.com
- PBS: https://whyy.org/tv
- WHYY 90.9 (public radio): https://whyy.org/radio-podcasts
- WUSL 98.9 (hip hop): https://power99.iheart.com
- WIOQ 102.7 (top 40): https://q102.iheart.com
- WRFF 104.5 (alternative): https://radio1045.iheart.com
Drop in and learn the lay of the land from local experts.
Central Jersey Convention & Visitors Bureau
109 Church St.
New Brunswick, NJ 08901 732-745-8090
Ocean County Tourism
101 Hooper Ave.
P.O. Box 2191
Toms River, NJ 08754 732-929-2000
Visit New Jersey
P.O. Box 300
Trenton, NJ 08625 609-599-6540