Residents and visitors on Atlantic County’s barrier islands are asked to evacuate by 4 PM on Sunday, October 28. A mandatory evacuation of the barrier islands, between Sandy Hook and Cape May, was issued earlier today by Governor Chris Christie.
Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson has confirmed that the county will initially provide five shelters for evacuees, three of which will be pet-friendly. Crews are currently working to move resources into place. Locations of those facilities will be provided later today and will likely be opening early tomorrow. However, the shelters provide only basic provisions to provide protection for those who are unable to find other accommodations. If possible seek out friends and family members with whom you can stay to ride out the storm.
People should also take this time to gas up their cars, gather supplies, including prescription medicines, have cash on hand, review evacuation routes and check on the elderly and those with special needs.
“Residents may leave at any time. And the sooner they do so the less likely they will be to experience traffic delays,” stated Levinson. “Before leaving, please be sure to let someone know where you are headed and at what time you plan to leave.”
The county executive stressed that this storm is different than any we have ever experienced as Hurricane Sandy is projected to come in from the ocean and make landfall in New Jersey and perhaps mix with two other storm fronts. Heavy rainfall, high winds that may reach in excess of 70 mph, coastal and inland flooding and severe beach erosion are expected over several days.
“This storm is of historical proportions and needs to be taken extremely seriously.”
Residents in need of assistance should first contact their local office of emergency management. Contact numbers are available at www.ReadyAtlantic.org.