Toms River Readies for Hurricane Sandy

Toms River OEM says cooperation key among agencies

With some forecasts calling for Hurricane Sandy's land fall to hit Toms River, local officials said they are closely monitoring the storm and are busy preparing.

Toms River Office of Emergency Management Director Paul Daley said it's the good working relationship between Toms River Regional Schools, fire and EMS companies, police and township administration that aids in the days preparing for a storm.

"The way Toms River works is we can call a meeting at any time to brief everyone on the progress of the storms and everyone’s job responsibility," Daley said.

Whatever the storm brings, current staff have the experience preparing for and responding to it, Daley said.

"Toms River is in an excellent position due to the fact all emergency services, Police, Fire, and EMS have a great working relationship and all of the players have been through numerous events," Daley said.

Daley urged residents to clear storm drains of debris. Falling leaves blocking sewer drains could acerbate flooding, and clearing the drains of leaves is one step that could help, Daley said.

So far, no public messages beyond basic preparation have been issued. Residents are urged to stock up on essentials and begin hurricane readiness. No orders to evacuate have been issued and no cancellations or closures have been announced as of Friday morning for the storm, which some forecasts call for Sunday rain and heaviest storm Monday into Tuesday.

Daley urged residents to stay tuned to news media as the storm nears.

"I ask that the public be vigilante and listen to the local radio stations, continue to monitor Toms River Patch and be ready to deal with whatever may arise," Daley said.

The storm is being compared to Hurricane Irene, which in the days after the storm found Toms River residents grappling with power outages. The Toms River flooded, evacuating about a dozen residents, and low-lying areas also grappled with flooding, such as Silver Bay, the Bay Shore, downtown Toms River, Winding River, Shelter Cove, Pelican Island, Ortley Beach and the barrier island communities.

Colleen October 26, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Any plans to reschedule Trick or Treat and Halloween Parade for Toms River?
Catherine Galioto (Editor) October 26, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Those plans won't be made until Sunday, says parade organizers at Toms River Fire Co. No. 1.
Martin October 26, 2012 at 07:55 PM
People are acting crazy because forecasts show the Frankenstorm hitting the Jersey Shore. They're buying every available flashlight and generator, as well as milk, bread and wine. I saw a woman stocking up on chocolate for "10 days stuck in the house." When I told my right-wing neighbor that the local power co. warned of 10 days without electricity, he responded that the Obama campaign probably told union members to delay turning it back on so that votes couldn't be counted on Nov. 6th. The only problem, he admitted, is that it won't make a difference here in true-blue NJ.
Laura October 26, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Here's to hoping that this storm weakens, and it's all much ado about nothing!
beaches October 26, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Agreed Laura. I hate the stress of these things.
Seriously? October 27, 2012 at 01:59 AM
No matter what party affiliation, you really can't fix stupid.
JoAnn Pugiese October 27, 2012 at 03:15 AM
Joe Fix drainage This town is a total flood zone......
Dave Frank October 27, 2012 at 04:34 AM
please everyone if you need anyhelp with preparing for the storm ...davidfrankdesigns.com
barbara October 27, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Thanks to office of emergency management and others who work hard for us.
barbara October 27, 2012 at 01:13 PM
our house in toms river always floods, right off fischer blvd., horrible. my son rents it now and i am sure they will have to come here. hate these noreasters, stresses me out for sure. hoping it is not as bad as they are saying, but have to be prepared.
Tony October 27, 2012 at 05:19 PM
I, as a right-winger, admit we have some loons on our side. But you elect yours to high office. We treat ours like the silly uncle we hope doesn't come for dinner.
Barbara Cagle Brooker October 27, 2012 at 08:21 PM
is there a shelter that takes people w/ animals in toms riveder?
Sandra October 27, 2012 at 10:10 PM
I notice I have not seen one squirrel today. The birds have almost disappeared too and it is Saturday. But the squirrels are the ones that go up the trees and I hope they are not instead in someones attic. I have found that squirrels pretty much predict with their actions when bad weather is approaching. But this is crazy, they are really gone already. Hope they stay gone.
sickofcrooks October 27, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Emergency Shelter: The Pine Belt Arena will open at 4 PM on Sunday 10/28 as a regional shelter. Please bring blankets, pillows and snacks. Pets are welcome. Please bring a cage (we have some) pet food and a leash.
Patty October 28, 2012 at 11:11 AM
I live in Waters Edge off Fischer Blvd......I need some opinions, should I stay or leave?? What would you do???
. October 28, 2012 at 11:36 AM
I also live off of Fischer by the old Foodtown building. We plan on staying, but you are a little closer to water. I have two dogs and birds to worry about. It is a tough call on what to do.
wookfish October 28, 2012 at 11:48 AM
thank god for that..damn liberals
barbara October 28, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Ficher and Windsor always flooded. one year boats had to evacuate us
Ed Alois October 30, 2012 at 08:01 PM
any infor or pictures of Green Island
Edward Alois October 30, 2012 at 08:02 PM
any info or pictures if Green Island
Barbara Cagle Brooker November 01, 2012 at 02:06 PM
my husband called toms river south police dept to see how to volunteer-couldn't get through to any other numbers listed. They gave him a # to call. The woman who answered was very rude-said not taking volunteers- and hung up! His job is w/o power so he wanted to help! Oh well...
anna javorova January 20, 2013 at 03:47 AM
i planing stay becouse cant find someting for dis money


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