New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell, joined by City department heads announced preparedness plans the City is implementing, as Hurricane Sandy marches up the East Coast.

Mitchell says due to the full moon within the next few days, the ocean tides will be higher than usual, leaving the potential for major damage with the added effects of Sandy. The hurricane barrier will be closed when tide surges reach over four feet, with the gates on Cove Road and West Rodney French Blvd. closing if flooding is imminent.

Mitchell says New Bedford and it's residents should be pulling out all the stops to prevent damage and injuries.

Mitchell is urging residents to stock up on necessities, such as water, non-perishables, and batteries.

Emergency personnel will be placed in strategic locations around the city during the storm, ensuring efficient response.

Sandbags will also be available at the Department of Public Works yard at 1105 Shawmut Ave.

Mayor Mitchell is expected to hold another press conference at 2:30pm Sunday. Mitchell says he will announce then whether New Bedford Public Schools will remain open Monday.