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Prepare Now: Pender County Urges Readiness for Hurricane Season

PENDER COUNTY – With the start of Hurricane season, Pender County is here to promote hurricane preparedness for citizens in our County. To help spread the word and make citizens better prepared, we are committed to ensuring all know their risks, get prepared, and stay informed.

Over the years, we have witnessed the devasting impacts that hurricanes can cause. High winds, heavy rainfall, tornadoes, and floods can cause loss of life and damage to property. As we have seen with the impacts of many hurricanes in Pender County, all hurricanes can cause significant damage, whether they are considered a major hurricane (Category 3 or higher) or not.

Always keep these important facts in mind while preparing:

Know Your Risk: To search for general information about risks in your area, visit https://gis.pendercountync.gov/maps/ and type in your address. Click on layers and select flood zones to see what flood zone you are in or nearby. You can also visit NOAA’s historical hurricane track tool at https://coast.noaa.gov/hurricanes/ to check the severity and frequency of past hurricanes in your area.

Flood Alerts: To sign up for flood alerts that are tied to the nearest river gages, go to Pender County’s website and search for the webpage “Being Prepared for a Hurricane” http://www.pendercountync.gov/pcd/planning-community-development/being-prepared-for-a-hurricane/. The Flood Inundation Mapping and Alert Network (FIMAN) section provides instructions on how to sign up for alerts.

Get prepared: Act now to prepare for hurricane season. Make sure you have family evacuation and communication plans, update your emergency supply kit, and evaluate your flood insurance needs.

Survival Kit Supplies: A survival kit should include water, non-perishable food, a flashlight, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio (which can be purchased at the Red Cross store online), extra batteries, a deluxe family first aid kit, medications, and medical items, multi-purpose tools, sanitation, and personal hygiene items, copies of personal documents, a cell phone with a charger, family, and emergency contact information, extra cash, an emergency blanket, maps of the area and, if needed, baby supplies, games and activities for children, pet supplies, and a manual can-opener.

Flood Insurance: Did you know that homeowner’s insurance does not cover damage from flooding? The good news is that the Pender County community is a member of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).  Flood insurance is available to homeowners, condo owners, apartment owners, renters, and business owners. Typically, there’s a 30-day waiting period from the date of purchase before your policy goes into effect. Areas in the floodplain are at high risk for flooding. In high-risk areas, there is at least a 1 in 4 chance of flooding during a 30-year mortgage.

“No matter the prediction numbers for the season, it only takes one to be a bad year,” said Tommy Batson, Pender County Emergency Management Director

For more information, watch our Pender County Emergency Management website or download our Pender EM app. If you have not signed up to receive local emergency alerts, register for free at www.nixle.com to sign up. To get information text your zip code to 888777 and get the Nixle Emergency Notifications on your smartphone. Or call 910-259-1210 for details.

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