Ocean County Stormwatch Q+A
WOBM continues to offer Ocean County Stormwatch, the program used by schools, businesses and organizations to post cancellations and delays online during severe weather.
Here’s a Q & A on how your school or organization can participate. You can also watch our how-to video, right here.
Q. We are already registered at njstormwatch.com. What do we need to do in order to report our cancellations and delays this winter?
A. If you’re a registered user, an email was sent on August 22 to the primary concact email address on file with us. It included complete instructions and a reminder of your password. Please make sure your email box will accept email from email@example.com
Q. What if we don’t receive an email?
A. Check your email account’s junk mail or spam folder. If you don’t find an email from us there, phone our NJ Stormwatch administrator, Dan Alexander at 609-359-5358.
Q. We haven’t been registered in NJ Stormwatch. How do we sign up now?
A. Use the form below and we will contact you directly.
Q. Does it cost anything to participate?
A. No. This is a free service designed for use by all New Jersey public and private schools, day cares, houses of worship, government agencies — any organization with a need to alert people about weather-related closings, cancellations or delays.
Q. We are registered but have had a change in personnel. How do we make sure the new person will be able to submit our cancellations and delays to Ocean County Stormwatch?
A. Phone Dan Alexander at 609-359-5358. He will look up your organization’s registration information and help you update it including assigning a new password.
Q. Will our old password still work this year?
A. Yes. The password you used for the 2015-16 school year will still work this school year. If you would like to change it please contact Dan Alexander. Note that any log in information used prior to the 2014-15 school year is not valid.
Q. After we receive our log-in instructions and password, will we be able to send a test report?
A. Yes. Log into your account and select OTHER and then TEST REPORT under “special statuses.”
Q. How will we know whether our test report was received?
A. Once you’ve clicked on “SUBMIT,” you should be able to go to our closings page and see the test closing appear within the next few minutes.
I went through all the steps and I don’t see my test report What do I do?
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and Dan will check the status.
Q. What if we report a delayed opening and then decide to close for the day? Will we be able to update our report?
A. Yes, you will be able to log in again to make that change to your status.
Q. How do we arrange for each of our individual schools, offices or locations to have their respective cancellations, closings and delays listed?
A. They must each be registered separately so that information specific to them can always be listed on our site.
Q. Can cancellations and delays be phoned into Ocean County Stormwatch?
A. No, Ocean County Stormwatch is an online-only program. We are not able to accept phoned-in information on weather-related closings and delayed openings
Q. What if there’s no power or I lose my internet connection?
You’ll be able to access NJ Stormwatch via mobile devices, like smart phones and tablets. But it’s also a good idea for the primary contact to share their account information with another trusted person within the organization as a backup.
Q. How will your station’s website users find our cancellations and delays?
A. The homepage of wobm.com will prominently display where to all locate our closings whenever we have a severe weather event.
Q. Are the closings read on the air by WOBM?
A. Yes but not the entire list every time. The best place to get the latest list is online. Putting in online allows people to conveniently check it at any time, using computers, smart phones or tablets.