Cape May County announced moments ago that there is a voluntary evacuation for all barrier islands in Cape May as all of Cape  May County is encouraged to prepare for Sandy.

That voluntary evacuation will become mandatory on Sunday, before the full impact of hurricane Sandy hits the East Coast.

Residents are urged to put together several days worth of supplies, medications, non-perishable food, water, batteries, chargers, portable radios and flashlights and important documents so you are prepared if you need to evacuate.

Residents in need of assistance during the storm should call their local emergency management office. Contact phone numbers can be found on readycapemaycounty.org in yellow panel under local OEM offices.   Residents should be prepared for a multi-day event and identify a friend or relative with whom they could stay should evacuations be ordered. Plans should also include provisions for pets such as food, medications and carriers.

Residents are also reminded to check their properties and secure outdoor furniture and belongings. Fallen leaves can block or clog storm drains contributing to neighborhood flooding. Property owners are urged to remove leaves wherever possible.

We encourage you to stay with us for more as Hurricane Sandy approaches.