County to issue state of
Evacuations along shoreline
urged in advance of Hurricane Irene
FREEHOLD, NJ –
Following Gov. Chris Christie’s declaration of a state of emergency in advance of Hurricane Irene, the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders is expected to issue its own state of emergency for Monmouth County when the Board meets in Farmingdale tonight.
Right now, residents living in coastal and low-lying areas are urged to evacuate voluntarily, especially those who have experienced flooding before.
“Last weekend we had 4 inches of rain and some of our evacuation routes were impassable because of flooding,” Freeholder Director Robert D. Clifton said. “This weekend we expect even more rain and wind, so it is important to make the decision to leave early before it becomes too late.”
The county has established shelters in Holmdel High School, 36 Crawford’s Corner Rd., Holmdel, and Wall High School, 1630 18th Avenue, Wall. The shelters will open at 5 p.m. tomorrow.
Gov. Christie today warned potential visitors not to come to the shore this weekend, and he urged residents and visitors along the shore to leave tonight or tomorrow. By tomorrow night, Christie said he would like to see
everyone out of the shore area, especially those on the barrier islands.
A state of emergency will allow the Office of Emergency Management to mobilize all county resources and direct them where they are needed to protect life and property.
These actions include ordering mandatory evacuations and controlling traffic on all roadways.
Irene is expected to arrive Saturday night and continue with high winds and rain throughout the day on Sunday. The governor said he is considering ordering a mandatory evacuation, and the county will follow suit if and when that decision is made.
For everyone else, it is important to prepare for the storm before it hits. Sheriff Shaun Golden strongly suggests that residents assemble a kit of emergency supplies, creating an emergency plan and tuning into local radio and television for current information.
“The most important thing that residents can do in advance of the approaching storm is prepare, plan and stay informed,” Sheriff Shaun Golden said. “While our county crews are preparing for this storm, residents should do their part as well.”
Plan – create an emergency plan – Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so plan a way to contact one another, such as enlisting the help of a third party in another state as a contact, and review what you will do in different situations.
Stay informed – Listen to local radio and television for information on storms and other emergencies. Residents can also check out the county Web site for currently released new and updated information.