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Shore OEM’s Are Prepping For Sandy [POLL/AUDIO]

Will it or won’t it? That’s the question surrounding whether Hurricane Sandy will make landfall on the Garden State.

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Forecaster are tracking the storm, which already left the Caribbean soaked, and believe it will either hit the northeast, brush by it, or miss it completely.

With memories of the pounding rain and driving rain that Hurricane Irene brought, especially along the shore, the Office of Emergency Management in both Ocean and Monmouth Counties are readying themselves by carefully tracking the storm’s path.

Monmouth County Office of Emergency Management Director Michael Oppengaard says whenever a storm is in the “maybe” they assess the staffing and make sure their crews are ready to go.

He says while the OEM tracks the storm, the best thing the public can do is prepare their emergency kit and make sure they’re emergency plans are ready.

“Making sure you have someplace to go if you to evacuate, not that it will lead to it but in case it does get to that.”

With it only being a little over a year since Hurricane Irene brought record amounts of flooding and power outages to the state, Oppengaard says it’s good for people to still have preparedness in mind.

“It’s always good to have that base in your mind because we don’t know what will result from a storm.”

Both the Monmouth and Ocean County Offices of Emergency Management are playing a “wait and see” game on how severe the storm will really be, and how it will impact beach erosion and flooding.

“If things get more critical that it looks like some kind of an impact then we’ll begin to ramp up preparedness at that point,” Says Oppengaard.

However, he says these kinds of situations are relatively common.

“We’re used to ramping up sometimes and not having to do anything but it’s always good to keep that preparedness level on the forefront.”

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