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Nov1 Posted: 11/1/2016 4:50:00 PM

 RALEIGH, NC – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) plays a unique role in helping all disaster survivors recover.

If you are a Hurricane Matthew disaster survivor who lives in one of the 35 North Carolina counties designated for individual assistance and has applied for help with FEMA, you may be referred to the SBA. If you receive a loan application, it is important to submit it as soon as possible. This will ensure that the federal disaster recovery process continues and you keep your options open. If you receive a loan application, even if you do not believe you need a loan, you should submit the application. If SBA determines you are eligible for a loan, you do not have to accept it.

Next to insurance, an SBA low-interest disaster loan is the primary source of funds for real estate property repairs and for replacing contents destroyed in the recent flooding. The SBA provides low-interest loans to homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes.

Nov1 Posted: 11/1/2016 4:44:00 PM

The Pender County Office of Emergency Management announced county-wide storm vegetative debris pick-up will begin Wednesday, Nov. 2.

“Residents with vegetative debris should leave leaves, branches and tree limbs on the edge of the state right-of-way,” said Tom Collins, Pender County Emergency Manager.

Collins said North Carolina Department of Transportation will make one vegetative debris pick-up.

Oct25 Posted: 10/25/2016 9:13:00 AM

The Pender County Office of Emergency Management commended the residents of Pender County for generous donations to help flood victims along the Black River Basin.

“Residents have been generous,” said Tom Collins, Pender County Emergency Manager. “Pastor Ted Mercer at Gateway Community Church needs volunteers to distribute donations in Atkinson and near the homes of our flood victims.”

Oct24 Posted: 10/24/2016 4:27:00 PM

Hurricane Matthew displaced families in Pender County. The Pender County Housing Authority is working to help local families.

“This is a situation of neighbor helping neighbor,” said Judith Herring, Pender County housing director. “We are creating a database of available rental units specifically in Pender County to provide short and long term housing for displaced families.”

Oct19 Posted: 10/19/2016 8:28:00 AM

The Transfer Station is scheduled for temporary closures to complete site work, weather permitting on Nov. 2nd and Nov. 3rd.  If weather is an issue the temporary closure will be moved to Nov. 9th and Nov. 10th.  Please refer to the full notice attached to this hyperlink…..

Oct17 Posted: 10/17/2016 12:28:00 PM

The Pender County Office of Emergency Management has rescinded its mandatory evacuation order for the Black River Basin. The order went into effect Oct. 11.

“There are homes and roads that are currently not assessable,” said Tom Collins, Pender County Emergency Manager. “We are lifting the mandatory evacuation for property owners who can reach their homes and businesses.”

Collins urged Pender County residents to use extreme caution when reentering flood stricken areas.

Oct17 Posted: 10/17/2016 8:04:00 AM

Pursuant to NCGS 143-318.12: The Pender County Planning Board public notice of the following:
The Pender County Planning Board shall hold a special public meeting on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 in the Pender County Hampstead Annex at 15060 US HWY 17, Hampstead NC from 8:30AM- 10AM to discuss standards to implement the Collector Street Plan.

Oct16 Posted: 10/16/2016 2:50:00 PM

Volunteers are needed in the distribution center at Gateway Community Church, 416 W. Bridger St. in Burgaw.

“While Pender County students were out of school during Hurricane Matthew, the students volunteered at the distribution center,” said Tom Collins, Pender County Emergency Manager. “Now that the students are going back to the school, we will need volunteers at the distribution center.”

Oct16 Posted: 10/16/2016 11:36:00 AM

Press Release

Oct. 16, 2016
For Immediate Release
Contact: County Manager Randell Woodruff, 910-259-1200

Recovery safety: Use caution

PENDER COUNTY –  With cleanup from Hurricane Matthew underway, Pender County EMS and Fire and the Pender County Office of Emergency Management urge residents to use caution.

“This is the time when we receive the most emergency calls,” said Woody Sullivan, director of Pender EMS & Fire, Inc. “We respond to chainsaw accidents, carbon monoxide poisonings from generators, and anaphylactic shock from bees and fire ants.”

“Wear protective clothing when working with a chainsaw,” said Tom Collins, Pender County Emergency Manager. “Wear goggles or safety glasses, hard toe shoes and leather gloves.” 

Sullivan said never place a running generator inside a home or garage.

“This results in carbon monoxide poisoning,” said Sullivan. “Always read the manual before operating a chainsaw or a generator.”

Fire ants are a hazard after flooding. The ants form a mound to protect the queen. The mound of ants floats on the water. Fire ants bit, causing a fierce reaction or apoplectic shock. Bees too are stirred by storms and flooding.

“Fire ants and bee stings can send people into anaphylactic shock,” said Collins.

“Be mindful of the equipment used in clean-up,” said Collins. “And be mindful of insects. Wear insect repellant with DEET.”

Pender County Emergency Management will post updates on the Facebook page at and on the website If you need assistance call the EM office at 910- 259-1210.

Oct15 Posted: 10/15/2016 2:30:00 PM

The American Red Cross is serving meals to Pender County flood victims at Gateway Community Church today until 6 p.m.

Gateway Community Church, located at 416 W. Bridger in Burgaw, is serving as a distribution center for residents affected by flooding from Hurricane Matthew.

“Our residents need cleaning supplies and dry goods,” said Ted Mercer, pastor at Gateway Community Church. “We do not need clothing donations at this time.”

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