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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The Pender County Office of Emergency Management has rescinded its mandatory evacuation order for the Black River Basin.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.”

Oct14 Posted: 10/14/2016 9:41:00 PM

 Pender storm briefs


Malpass Corner Shelter will close today

PENDER COUNTY – The Pender County Office of Emergency Management reports the emergency shelter at Malpass Corner Elementary will close today by 5 p.m. The Burgaw Middle School shelter will remain open until further notice. The Burgaw Middle School shelter is a pet friendly shelter. For details call the Pender County Emergency Management office at 910-259-1210.


Free debris collection through Saturday

Running Deer Landfill, located in the 7200 block of NC Hwy 210 in Rocky Point, will accept residential yard waste until Saturday evening at no charge.

Oct14 Posted: 10/14/2016 9:37:00 PM

 State of Emergency continues in Pender County


PENDER COUNTY – Pender County remains under a State of Emergency, according to the Pender County Office of Emergency Management.   

“What started with tracking Hurricane Matthew on Oct. 3 continues with two flooding events that will involve Pender County personnel for weeks to come,” said Tom Collins, Pender County Emergency Manager. “The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will be active for some time.”

 George Brown, chairman of the Pender County Board of Commissioners, signed a Pender County State of Emergency on Oct. 5. Due to the historic flooding along the Black River Basin and the Northeast Cape Fear River, the state of emergency declaration was amended to include the catastrophic floods.

Oct14 Posted: 10/14/2016 9:31:00 PM

Take precautions with flooded wells


PENDER COUNTY – Pender County Health Department and Tom Collins, the director of Pender County Emergency Management urges residents with well water to thoroughly inspect wells and pumps.

 “If your well has been flooded, you need test your water,” said Collins. “Wells in the flooded areas may be contaminated.”

 The Pender County Health Department will offer free well testing.

 “You should not drink or bathe with the well water until your water has been tested,” said Collins.

 According to Cliff Treyans, the National Groundwater Association, if a well has been flooded, do not drink the water or wash with it, but use an alternative supply such as bottled water.

Oct14 Posted: 10/14/2016 12:48:00 PM

Pender County Utilities – Mandatory Water Conservation Advisory

Burgaw, N.C. (October 14, 2016) – Pender County Utilities customers in all areas of Pender County are required to take steps to decrease water usage, effective immediately, following damage to a raw water line that provides the raw water to the Pender County Surface Water Treatment Plant.


Oct12 Posted: 10/12/2016 5:38:00 PM

Pender County residents who receive food stamps  who were impacted by the flood may receive assistance from Pender County Health and Human Services. 

“Flood victims who lost food purchased with food stamps due to flooding or power outages should visit the DSS for assistance,” said Carolyn Moser, director, health and human services.   “They may be eligible to receive replacement vouchers from the county.”

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