Cape May County Coastal Evacuation Routes

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Since 1992, Cape May County has been listed by FEMA as the sixth most difficult region in the nation to evacuate in a Category 1 Hurricane. Know your local evacuation routes. 

Northbound Lanes:

Garden State Parkway, U.S. Highway Route 9, State Highway Route 47, State Highway Route 50

Westbound Lanes:

State Highway Route 49, NJ Routes 47/347

During evacuation, the New Jersey State Police and the Department of Transportation will coordinate traffic flow out of Cape May County with assistance from county and municipal agencies.

Register In Advance

Cape May County residents who may have difficulty during an evacuation because of physical or other limitations or lack of transportation can register in advance online at New Jersey’s Special Needs Registry,, or by calling 2-1-1. Also, registration forms are available at click on Emergency Management then go to Page Navigation and click on Special Needs Registry. Additionally, registration forms are available at the Office of Emergency Management. For more information, please call (609) 463-6570.

What to Bring When You Evacuate

  • Extra clothing
  • Pillows
  • Blankets
  • Personal care and hygiene supplies
  • Glasses
  • Medications
  • Important documents
  • Cash
  • Power cords for portable electronics
  • Items for children and infants – toys, games, books, diapers, formula
  • Items for family members with special needs
  • Items for pets

Sheltering in Cape May County

For sheltering information, contact your local Office of Emergency Management. Click here for contact information.

Should evacuations be either recommended or ordered by the Cape May County Office of Emergency Management, residents and tourism visitors should seek refuge in State of New Jersey sponsored shelters or with family and friends outside of the area of the hurricane impact.

The Southern Regional Chapter of the American Red Cross is the County’s partner in providing sheltering for our residents and visitors.

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