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Glouco Prepares for Sandy; WD High to Be Emergency Shelter

Gloucester County's preparations for Hurricane Sandy include sandbags and preparing West Deptford High School as an emergency shelter.

Gloucester County submitted the following release:

Gloucester County has implemented preparation for Hurricane Sandy, anticipated to make landfall on Tuesday morning.

Freeholder Director Robert Damminger said that Gloucester County has deployed the sandbag machine to Greenwich Township this morning to preposition it for use along the Delaware River.

Sandbagging operations have already begun with 1000 sandbags being filled now and placed tomorrow in Greenwich Township. The county is also coordinating with Greenwich for emergency pumps at Floodgate Road. 

The county engineer has requested that dam owners begin lowering their respective lakes in anticipation of heavy rainfall. The American Red Cross is preparing for shelter operations at West Deptford High School. Local Offices of Emergency Management will be responsible for coordinating transportation for those residents without means to do so themselves.

Gloucester County Health Department is preparing for medical needs shelter at that location. The Gloucester County Animal Shelter will provide the necessary animal care at the shelter.

Gloucester County Emergency Operation Center will be activated at noon on Monday, Oct. 29 and will operate 24/7 for the duration of the storm. 

“Residents are urged to prepare for this storm. Make sure you have your families emergency’s plan in place, that you have ample food, water and that you are prepared for power outages,” Damminger said.

Freeholder Deputy Director Giuseppe Chila said that this storm should not be taken lightly.

“People should make sure that Halloween decorations and flags are taken down, and trash cans and anything that can blow away or cause damage is secured.”

Chila, liaison to the Department of Emergency Response said that residents can find information regarding Hurricane Preparedness and evacuation routes can be found on the Gloucester County website at gloucestercountynj.gov.

Follow all of West Deptford Patch's coverage of Hurricane Sandy, aka the "Frankenstorm."

stormcamper October 27, 2012 at 12:49 PM
If the high school is a county shelter for all of gloucester county and the town of wd isn't hit hard but other parts of the county are, where do the kids go to school if there is a 1,000 people camped out in it? Just doesn't make sense to me when there are dozens of Fire companies in Gloucester County many of them listed as emergency shelters with the Red Cross. And the high school be next to a stream and less than a 1/4 mile for a delaware river flood plane.........it just doesn't make sense to me. Government at its best I would guess

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