As the storm now called Nemo closes in, Toms River Emergency Management officials are taking the first steps to bring people who just returned to their barrier island homes back onto the mainland.

A voluntary evacuation notice takes effect at 6 PM for residents on the slender strand as well as for homeowners in the low-lying mainland spots along the bay.

Brick Township police earlier today advised people living on its stretch of barrier island to either move inland or reinforce their protections against flooding. High tides take place around 6 PM at the oceanside and 10:47 PM along the bay, with another round about 12 hours from that point on Saturday.

Pine Beach, Beachwood, Lakewood, Island Heights, Jackson and Brick have also issued off-street parking advisories in advance of snow. Brick Township car owners are being directed to any lot owned by the municipality or the school district, except for the one at the Municipal Building. Police patrols are being dispatched to the lots for the storm's duration. The parking accomodation stays in effect until Sunday 6 PM.

Additionally, Brick Township police have activated the municipal call center. Operators can field all non-emergency storm-related questions at 732-262-1234.

Island Heights car owners are also being advised to adhere to the borough's snow removal ordinance that forbids on-street parking in front of even-numbered houses.

Bracing for a snowy onslaught, Jackson Mayor Mike Reina issued the following advisory this afternoon:

"Please be advised that due to the impending snow storm, we are asking residents to kindly remove all vehicles, portable sports equipment and other paraphernalia from the roadways to leave a clear path for plows, sanders and emergency vehicles.

In Jackson Township, this storm may produce up to 6 or more inches of snow and wind gusts up to 40 MPH.

Residents should take precautions for emergency situations such as power failures. Make sure you have enough batteries, flashlights, medications, water, etc.

9-1-1 should only be called in case of life or death emergencies.  Please respect instructions from all 1st responders.

We ask for your patience as the plows will be in your neighborhoods as soon as possible.

Kindly refer to the following numbers for assistance:

Public Works     732-928-1200 x 1250

Emergency Management-  732-928-9414

Power Outages – 1-888-544-4877