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Update: Lacey Schools Closed Monday, Tuesday, Cops Encourage Evacuation Preparation

Regional shelters designated at TR North High, Pinelands Regional and Southern Regional

Lacey continues to prepare for the potential impact of Hurricane Sandy, as schools have been closed Monday and Tuesday and police encourage residents to prepare for the possibility of evacuation.

Superintendent Dr. Sandra Brower said Saturday evening that all schools are closed Monday and activities cancelled. Brower's statement is as follows:

To ensure the safety of our Lacey Township school community and to support the efforts of the emergency management personnel, Lacey Township Schools are closed on Monday, October 29. This includes all student programs and facility usage. We are hopeful that this early notification will give our parents and our staff the time they will need to prepare for this massive storm.

Brower said Sunday that "additional school closings are very likely. You will be notified of any school closings throughout the week as soon as possible so that you can make plans for your family."

Meanwhile, Lacey police continue to prepare for landfall and strongly encourage residents to "plan for a potential evacuation which includes ensuring an appropriate means of transportation and housing out of the area if needed."

Regional shelters have been designated at Toms River North High School, Southern Regional High School in Manahawkin and Pinelands Regional High School in Little Egg Harbor. Emergency management officials also are working to designate additional shelters.

Police ask residents not to call the department for basic power outages but to alert JCP&L at 888-544-4877. 

Check back with Patch and follow the Lacey Office of Emergency Management on Facebook for continued updates. 

Ryan Hardy October 27, 2012 at 11:36 PM
NO WORK FOR ME!!! WOO!
Elaine Buzzeo October 28, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Does anyone know if these shelters are pet friendly?
Nicko L October 28, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Will Lacey High School be an Evac shelter?
Stephanie October 28, 2012 at 07:47 AM
If we evacuate is whiting far enough?
MoKeith October 28, 2012 at 10:34 AM
SOCH & RITACCO Ctr. are pet friendly shelters...good luck :)
Ann October 28, 2012 at 12:28 PM
At this point if anyone wishes to voluntarily evacuate in Lacey and you have no where to go such as other family, you would use the regional shelters listed in the article.
Joan October 28, 2012 at 02:05 PM
I have the same question. Does anyone have any information on storm shelters that allow pets???? It would be nice to know before its too late.
Dale October 28, 2012 at 07:20 PM
This is an email I received from Veronica Laureigh, Business Administrator: Octber 28, 2012 1PM Lacey Township is expecting extremely severe weather and we are taking the following steps: - A State of Emergency will be declared as of 4 pm Sunday, Ocrober 28, 2012 - The purpose of this declaration is to notify residents of all waterfront properties and those who live within 1,000 feet of those properties of a mandatory evacuation. - All travel will be restricted to essential personnel on all roads within Lacey Township effective 12 noon Monday, October 29, 2012. - Evacuation centers are as follows: - Southern Regional High School is open now and IS NOT pet friendly - Toms River High School North will open at 4:00 pm October 28, 2012 and IS pet friendly. - Pinelands Middle School will open at 8:00 pm October 28, 2012, and IS pet friendly.
Dale October 28, 2012 at 07:21 PM
continuation of email from Veronica Laureigh: Garbage and Recycling Collection is cancelled. All receptacle cans should be secured, not placed at curbside. Garbage and Recycling will be picked up on your next scheduled day. The Lacey Township Municipal Court session is cancelled for Tuesday, October 30, 2012. All appearances will be re-scheduled and notices will be sent via mail. Those residents needing to move cars to higher ground can utilize the parking lots at Hebrew and Gille Parks. Vehicles should be parked in the marked lanes, not across lanes. All vehicles are parked at owners risk. Please be sure to secure your vehicle. For further information please go to the Office of Emergency Management website at www.laceyoem.org
colleen cortese October 29, 2012 at 12:21 AM
I know Toms River North IS pet friendly :-)

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