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Pender County residents urged to prepare for Hurricane Irma

The Pender County Office of Emergency Management urged residents to prepare for Hurricane Irma.

“We’re tracking this storm,” said Tom Collins, Pender County Emergency Manager. “Every Pender County resident should take precautions to prepare for Hurricane Irma.”

Collins said families should have emergency kits ready.

“Be sure your emergency supplies kit has enough bottled water and non-perishable food to sustain each family member for three to seven days,” Collins said. “Include a weather radio, flashlight, extra batteries, toiletries, change of clothes, blankets or sleeping bag, rain gear and appropriate footwear. Also include copies of important documents, such as birth certificates and insurance policies.”

While preparing for a family emergency, don’t forget to plan for your pets. Gather supplies for your pet and put them in an easily-accessible container.

“Now is the time to prepare your home,” said Collins. “Clean out gutters and clear property of debris that could damage buildings in strong winds”

The Pender County Office of Emergency Management urges all residents to secure lawn furniture, gas grills, and items that can be become flying debris. Collins said residents should prepare for possible power outages.

Homeowners will need to purchase items such as lumber and shutters now. Pre-drill the window casings, Collins said.

“Residents in flood-prone areas should know local evacuation routes,” Collins said. “We are not issuing a voluntary evacuation at this time, but we want all Pender County residents to know the routes.”

“We are monitoring Hurricane Irma,” said Collins. “It’s important for residents to keep up with weather advisories.”

Residents may register for CodeRed, the county’s emergency alert system, at http://www.penderem.com.

Pender County Emergency Management will post updates on the Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/penderem and on the website http://www.penderem.com.

If you need assistance call the EM office at 910- 259-1210.

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Storm watch is canceled in Pender County

The Pender County Office of Emergency Management announced the storm watch was canceled.

“The storm stayed out to sea and we had no major issues,” said Tom Collins, Pender County Emergency Manager.

Collins said the Emergency Operations Center has resumed normal hours.

“Preparing for this tropical storm is good practice for our citizens and our emergency services,” said Collins. “While we are grateful the storm did not impact our utilities or cause flooding issues, we urge our citizens to prepare emergency kits.”

Pender County Emergency Management will continue to post updates on the Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/penderem and on the website http://www.penderem.com. If you need assistance call the EM office at 910- 259-1210.

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Pender County residents urged to prepare for tropical storm

The Pender County Office of Emergency Management urged residents to prepare for a tropical storm which may bring sustained winds of 35-40 mph and wind gusts of up to 50 mph. This storm could deliver up to 5 inches of rain, according to the National Weather Service.

“We’re tracking this storm,” said Tom Collins, Pender County Emergency Manager. “Every Pender County resident should take precautions to prepare for possible power outages. Citizens residing in low lying areas should be alert for localized flooding ”

The Pender County Office of Emergency Management urges all residents to secure lawn furniture, gas grills, and items that can be become flying debris.

Collins said residents should prepare for possible power outages.

Pender County Health Department urges residents to take this opportunity to assemble emergency supply kits which include at least one gallon of water per person, non-perishable packed or canned foods and juices, a can opener, rain gear, flashlights, a radio with fresh batteries, fully charged cell phones with an extra battery, cash, and fuel for generators. All important documents should be secured in a waterproof container. All pets should be secured.

According to the National Weather Service the tropical storm’s potential impacts include minor structural damage, large limbs and trees downed and scattered power outages.

“We urge residents to be alert in low lying areas,” said Collins. “Motorists should not cross flooded roadways with more than 4-inches of rushing water.

Pender County Emergency Management will post updates on the Facebook page at facebook.com/penderem and on the website http://www.penderem.com.

If you need assistance call the EM office at 910- 259-1210.

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Facility Relocations

The Hampstead Convenience Site and the Transfer Station scales will be permanently relocated to 250 Transfer Station Road.  Beginning August 1, you will need to use these new locations.  Both of these new facilities will be adjacent to the existing Transfer Station scales located at 312 Transfer Station Road.  Operating hours will remain the same.

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