Governor Chris Christie has declared an State of Emergency in order to mobilize the National Guard and other Emergency Management resources in preparation of Hurricane Irene. The hurricane is expected to hit New Jersey on Saturday evening.
“From Sandy Hook to Cape May, people should prepare to get to higher ground.”
“We do not folks going to the shore this weekend,” Governor Chris Christie said during his Hurricane Irene preparedness press conference.
The Governor said he is actively considering a mandatory evacuation, but is not there yet. He has asked that people residing or vacationing on the New Jersey shore voluntarily leave by Friday mid-day in preparation of the hurricane that is expected to hit on Saturday.
The Governor said he would not issue a mandatory evacuation unless he is convinced that human lives are at risk. However, he asked that people follow his example and voluntarily leave the shore. Christie said he and his family are cutting short their Island Beach State Park vacation today.
Christie said the storm is anticipated to have an enormous impact on the entire state and that all residents, not just at the shore, should make preparations.
Christie said that if the storm continues on its current track, from a flooding perspective, this storm could be a “100 year event.”
Instructions for hurricane preparation can be found at ready.nj.gov.