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Wayne volunteer organization will meet Saturday to review incident action plan.

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,

For more information about VOAD, click here or send an e-mail to WayneVOAD@gmail.com.

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Cat October 25, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Thursday??? Try TUESDAY! http://www.weather.com/news/weather-hurricanes/hurricane-sandy-winter-storm-20121025
Steve October 25, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Sufficiently lower the Pompton Lake now and monitor the gates.
Flood Plain Jane October 25, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Plz Governor, EMPTY POMPTON LAKE NOW!!!!!!!
Elizabeth October 25, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Yes, please open the gates now!
Karyn Ratcliffe October 26, 2012 at 01:56 AM
Note that the WayneVOAD meeting has been moved to Our Lady of Consolation, 1799 Hamburg Turnpike. It will be held at 9:00am on Saturday, October 27.
Bill Brennan October 26, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Why aren't those gates open? We should be able to walk across that lake bottom by Sunday morning.


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