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Voluntary evacuations have been recommended for those in flood-prone and low-lying areas of Brielle, Manasquan, Point Pleasant, Brick, Toms River, and other towns because of potential flooding from today’s storm.

But how do you decide on whether or not to go?

I can’t help but think it’s better to be safe than sorry, but it can’t be easy to evacuate, especially if you don’t have family or friends in the area that you can stay with.

Families with little ones, especially those with special needs, find it difficult to mess with their normal routines.

Elderly folks may not have the means to get out.

No one wants to feel like they are overreacting by getting out of Dodge, so pretend you’re going on a mini-vacation if you want to, as long as you get out of harm’s way. This is not the time to be too proud to ask for help.

You’ll be much more embarrassed by the situation if you have to be rescued from your home by first responders in a boat.

Pack up your important papers and supplies for a day or two, and find a friend with extra space — or a hotel if you can afford it.

Unfortunately, Sandy changed our coastline, and areas that were previously safe from flooding may now be vulnerable to it.

If you do intend to evacuate, plan to do so as early as possible.

Don’t wait for the storm to get really bad, as you might encounter unsafe roads by that point.

Plan ahead for traffic as well, you’re probably not going to be the only one who will be trying to get out of town.

Be especially vigilant as you travel, as strong winds could knock down trees and power lines.

It’s never a bad idea to bring blankets, flashlights, water, and snacks along in the car, just in case you get stuck on the road for an extended period of time.

Let’s plan for the worst and hope for the best…(maybe we’ll get lucky and this won’t be as bad as some forecasts are predicting.)

Stay safe, everyone!

What would make you decide to evacuate? Tell us in the comment section below!

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