The Wayne Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD) will hold an emergency meeting at Packanack Community Church on Saturday at 9 a.m.
VOAD dedicates its time to help members of the community who were affected by an emergency, such as a flood or a fire. The group was formed immediately following Tropical Storms Irene and Lee last year.
The group will review its incident action plan and prepare to respond in the event Hurricane Sandy significantly impacts Wayne. The National Weather Service forecasts that Sandy could hit New Jersey on Thursday. Rains and heavy winds could blanket the Garden State.
“While it is too early to know what path the storm will take or how powerful it will be, this review will be an important periodic assessment of our disaster preparedness capabilities even if we are not affected by Hurricane Sandy,” said Rev. Karyn Ratcliffe in an e-mail that was sent out Wednesday night. Ratcliffe is pastor of Packanack Community Church and chairwoman of VOAD,