Matawan officials are asking residents to take certain safety precautions as Hurricane Sandy continues on its path toward central New Jersey.
According to the Matawan Office of Emergency Management, any item that may be blown about by the predicted 60 to 80 mph winds should be safely secured or stored, such as lawn furniture, trash cans and recycling bins.
No trash or containers should be placed by the curb until further notice, the Office of Emergency Management stated. Trash collection will be canceled for Monday, Oct. 29 and Tuesday, Oct. 30.
Ravine Drive between Matawan Avenue and Main Street is closed at this time. Aberdeen Road will be closed on Monday between Matawan Avenue and Main Street. Additional roads will be closed as necessary.
A driving ban throughout Matawan will also be implemented as of 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29.
Residents are urged to remain indoors throughout the storm. If a resident must be relocated due to a special medical need, they are asked to go to Police Headquarters at 150 Main Street. From there, arrangements will be made to transport them to a shelter.
Stick with Matawan-Aberdeen Patch throughout the storm for the latest updates and information.
Sign up for Matawan's reverse 911 service and follow the Matawan Police Department on Facebook.
Additional preparedness information can be found online at www.ready.nj.gov.
About this column: News and essential information about Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey.