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Nov4
Breakfast with Santa!!
Posted: 11/4/2016 9:06:00 AM

 

Santa Claus is coming to Hampstead for breakfast. He will visit with good little boys and girls on Saturday, Dec, 17, 8:00-10:30 a.m. at the Hampstead Women’s Club building, 14435 Hwy. 17. 

Breakfast with Santa is sponsored by the Hampstead Women’s Club and the Greater Topsail Area Chamber of Commerce. This year Pender County Tourism is jumping in to assist as well.
“Santa is coming to town,” said Patricia Truscello, president of the Hampstead Women’s Club. “He is stopping here to have breakfast.”

Truscello said volunteers from the chamber, the women’s club and the tourism office will cook up sausage and pancakes. 

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Nov10
Pender County Welcomes Wesley Stewart as DSS Director
Posted: 11/10/2016 4:26:00 PM

Pender County would like to welcome Mr. Wesley Stewart, MSW as the new Department of Social Services Director.  Mr. Stewart comes to us from Jones County where he served as DSS Director.  Previously, Mr. Stewart worked as Regional Director for Coastal Horizons for over ten years where he managed the transition of Treatment Accountability for Safer Communities (TASC) program for 32 eastern counties.  He is a graduate of East Carolina University with a master's degree in Social Work and currently lives in New Bern with his wife.  He has three children and six grandchildren. 

Oct25
Distribution center needs volunteers to deliver items
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.”

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Oct16
Recovery safety: Use caution
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 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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Oct14
Take precautions with flooded wells
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.

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Oct12
Pender County Department of Health and Human Services offering assistance to flood victims
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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Oct12
Animal evacuations along Black River and Northeast Cape Fear River
Posted: 10/12/2016 4:41:00 PM

Evacuees who need to relocate their horses and livestock should contact the Pender County Emergency Operations Center, according to the Pender County Office of Emergency Management.

“Residents in the flood-prone areas along the Black River Basin are under a mandatory evacuation,” said Tom Collins, Pender County Emergency Manager. “Residents with horses and livestock who need to be moved to a safe location should call us immediately. We are working with rescue networks to assist.”

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Oct12
Road closures
Posted: 10/12/2016 4:38:00 PM

Currently 26 roads are closed in Pender County, according to the Pender County Office of Emergency Management. 

“We know more roads will close,” said Tom Collins, Pender County Emergency Manager. “Flooding in the Black River basin and the Northeast Cape Fear River closed major arteries, including NC Hwy. 53 and NC Hwy. 210.”

The following roads are closed: Aviator Lane, Englishtown Road, Meadow Beauty, Croomsbridge Road, Rockfish Lake Road, Old Maple Hill Road, Shelter Creek Drive, Willard Railroad Street, NC Hwy 53, Beatty’s Bridge Road, Whitestocking Road, Morgan Road, Battleground Road, Brinson Road, Crooked Run Road, Buckle Road, Canetuck Road, Heading Bluff Road, NC Hwy 210, Calidonia Creek, Shane Pridgen Road, Shaw Hwy, and Hwy 53 at Moore Hill.

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Oct12
Beware of scammers
Posted: 10/12/2016 3:16:00 PM

 Regional flooding and debris from Hurricane Matthew may bring a tide of scam artists who promise home repairs. Scam artists will leave property owners high and dry.

“In previous weather events, we have heard reports of home owners who paid deposits on materials and the contractor never returned to complete the work,” said Randell Woodruff, Pender County manager. “We have heard reports where contractors charged outrageous fees for trimming broken limbs and not cleaning away the debris.”

Pender County officials urge residents to beware of scam artists in the aftermath of the historic floods in the county.

“Local chambers of commerce in Burgaw and the Greater Topsail area represent local reputable businesses,” said Chuck Strickland, the director of the Greater Topsail Area Chamber of Commerce. “Residents requiring home repair can find contractors on our websites or on our downloadable app.”

Residents are also urged to be alert to scam artists who claim to be gathering donations for flood victims. Residents who want to donate should give through churches, civic organizations, and to the Gateway Community Church, 416 W. Bridger St. in Burgaw. The church is serving as a distribution center. For details call Pastor Ted Mercer at 910-604-0071.

Residents are urged to report scam artists to local law enforcement agencies.

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Oct12
After a Flood...
Posted: 10/12/2016 7:45:00 AM

After a Flood | Floodwater in Your Home | Recovery Process ...

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Oct12
Mandatory evacuation for Black River Basin in Pender County
Posted: 10/12/2016 7:10:00 AM

The Pender County Office of Emergency Management has issued a mandatory evacuation for the Black River Basin.

“The Black River is rising 3-5 inches per hour,” said Tom Collins, director of Pender County Emergency Management. “This is a mandatory evacuation. There are homes along the Black River that are already under water.”

“Residents west of Moores Creek National Battlefield, including all roads connecting to Canetuck Road, need to leave their homes and businesses now.”

The evacuation area also includes Borough Road and adjoining roads, Battleground Road and west of Blueberry Farm Road, Beattys Bridges Road and Ivanhoe Road.

“Evacuees may seek shelter at Malpass Corner Elementary or the Burgaw Middle School,” said Collins.

Malpass Elementary School is located at 4992 Malpass Corner Rd., Burgaw. The American Red Cross and Pender Health and Human Services are coordinating shelters. The shelter at Malpass Elementary School will open at 3 p.m. The shelter in Burgaw Middle School, 500 S. Wright St. in Burgaw, is a pet friendly shelter. Evacuees with pets should go to Burgaw Middle with proof of rabies.

“Residents should heed the mandatory evacuation,” said Collins. “The water is rising fast. We are looking a record flood levels, dating back to 1945.”

Pender County is under a State of Emergency.

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Oct10
Historic flooding expected along Pender County rivers
Posted: 10/10/2016 7:05:00 PM

Residents along the Northeast Cape Fear River and the Black River are urged to take precautions in the event of flooding.

“This is urgent. Flooding along the Black River is going to be historic,” said Tom Collins, Pender County Emergency Manager. “Residents in areas that are subject to flooding need to take precautions now.”

Some areas along the Black River are already flooding. The Black River is rising faster than the Northeast Cape Fear River, at a rate higher than Hurricane Floyd.

According to the Pender County Emergency Management Office, water is rising on the Northeast Cape Fear River.

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Oct9
County offices open Monday, Oct. 10
Posted: 10/9/2016 9:39:00 PM

Pender County employees will report to work Monday for full operation on a normal schedule.

“Pender County government offices will be open Monday to provide services to our citizens,” said Randell Woodruff, county manager.

Woodruff said he understands a few of the county employees were impacted by Hurricane Matthew. He said employees who are without power or storm-related issues may utilize their personal leave.

“I commend our Emergency Management Office staff, the sheriff’s department, State Highway Patrol, American Red Cross volunteers, Pender EMS and Fire, and our county employees who manned the Emergency Operations Center during Hurricane Matthew,” said Woodruff. “They served our citizens in a time of disaster.”

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Oct8
Pender County shelters open, accepting voluntary evacuees
Posted: 10/8/2016 11:05:00 PM

The Pender County Office of Emergency Management, with the cooperation of the Pender County Health and Human Services and American Red Cross, opened two shelters at Topsail Elementary and Burgaw Middle schools.

“We are pleased residents are utilizing our shelters,” said Tom Collins, Pender County Emergency Manager. “As of now we have 32 occupants in Topsail and 87 in Burgaw. We anticipate as the rain and wind increase more people will voluntarily evacuate.”

The shelters have a capacity of more than 150 per location. Coastal residents and residents in flood-prone areas may evacuate today. Residents in unsecured manufactured housing may also seek.

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Oct8
Pender County officials: Stay home
Posted: 10/8/2016 10:36:00 PM

The Pender County Office of Emergency Management urges residents to stay off the roads tonight.

“Trees have toppled. Power lines are down. There are numerous road closures and high water on the roadways,” said Tom Collins, Pender County Emergency Manager. “We need everyone to stay off the roads.”

The Pender County EMS and Fire have currently suspended action due to treacherous roads on the west side of Pender County.

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Oct7
Pender County to open shelters
Posted: 10/7/2016 3:19:00 PM

The Pender County Office of Emergency Management will open two shelters today. Topsail Elementary and Burgaw Middle schools will open at 6 p.m.

“We are continuing to track Hurricane Matthew,” said Tom Collins, Pender County Emergency Manager. “We are working with Pender County Social Services and American Red Cross to provide shelters.”

The Pender County Office of Emergency Management recommends residents seek shelter. Residents adjacent to coastal waters and in flood-prone areas should seek shelter. Residents in unsecured manufactured housing may also seek shelters at Topsail Elementary School or Burgaw Middle School. 

Voluntary evacuations are underway in Surf City and Topsail Beach.

Burgaw Middle School is a pet-friendly shelter.

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Jan6
New Service Hours for Immunizations & WIC in Hampstead
Posted: 1/6/2016 2:26:00 PM

Hampstead Annex offers new hours for Immunizations & WIC

WIC – 1st & 3rd Tuesday, 8:00am - 5:00pm
            Every Wednesday, 8:00am - 5:00pm

Immunization Clinics – 2nd & 4th Wednesday, 12:00pm - 4:00pm

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Pender County Health Department
803 S. Walker Street
Burgaw, NC 28425
(910)259-1230
 
Hours: Appointments and Walk-Ins available 8 a.m.-11 a.m. and 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
 
Hampstead Annex
15060 US Highway 17
Hampstead, NC 28443
(910)270-5000
 
Hours:  2nd and 4th  Wednesday of each month
12 p.m.-4 p.m.
(Immunization Clinic)
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