PENDER COUNTY – Pender County Emergency Manager Tom Collins will serve as an expert panelist in the upcoming Disaster Preparedness Forum June 6, 7-9 p.m. in the auditorium of Cape Fear Community College’s Union Station, 502 N. Front St.

“The forum will provide hurricane preparedness information to residents in Pender, Brunswick, and New Hanover counties,” said Collins. “Many of our residents have not experienced a serious hurricane and do not understand the warnings and safety precautions necessary to protect themselves in the event of a hurricane.”

Collins will join emergency managers from the region as well as Steve Pfaff from the National Weather Service, James Jarvis of the Red Cross, and Mark Suddeth, a local storm tracker. Si Cantwell, the community editor at StarNews Media, will moderate.

“Hurricane season will begin June 1,” said Collins. “Now is the time to learn evacuation routes and prepare emergency kits.”

The forum is a community outreach program of the Star News. Admission is free. The public is encouraged to attend and ask questions pertaining to storm preparedness.

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