While it's too early to tell exactly how Tropical Storm Sandy will impact the Jersey Shore, it's always a good idea to get ready.
That's the reminder the Point Boro First Aid Squad has posted on its Facebook page, with a link to the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management website page that has forecasts on Sandy, preparedness information specific to each county, and a "survival guide" that can be downloaded as a PDF.
The all-volunteer squad also has Point Pleasant Emergency Management contact information posted on its website.
As of Thursday morning, the forecast predicts that on Sunday "tropical storm conditions are likely" and there is a 70 percent chance of rain, according to the forecast for the Point Pleasant zip code at weather.com.
As explained in video on that website, all of the models show the storm heading north and northwest, but then the models diverge greatly. Some show the storm making a direct hit in the Carolinas, others show landfall will be in New England, and several others show the hit as somewhere in between.
Burger is also suggesting that people buy supplies and get ready, given that what appears to him as the most credible model shows a direct hit to the Jersey Shore. However, Burger, like all other weather watchers, are also cautioning that the storm track is not definite at this point and that residents should keep watching forecasts, even as they prepare.
As local emergency responders keep a close eye on the meteorologists keeping a close eye on Sandy, the Point Pleasant Chamber of Commerce is doing the same.
The chamber has and, so far, there is no rain date scheduled. Eileen McCabe, chamber director, said on Thursday morning, "We are watching the weather pattern very closely" but that no decision has been made to postpone or cancel.
Burger believes that Point Borough will be able to host the parade and finish line party, according to the best information available late Thursday morning, but that will be updated continuously between now and parade time.
New Jersey State Police, on their Facebook page, are advising residents to prepare now for Sandy.
Ocean County Emergency Management has this advice regarding what residents should take with them if they need to evacuate.
Patch will continue to cover this story as more updates and details become available.