Hazard Mitigation Meeting Today 4pm-6pm

PENDER COUNTY, NC – Following a federally declared disaster such as Hurricane Florence, local governments are eligible to apply for Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funds (HMGP) that will reduce or eliminate the losses from future disasters.  Projects must provide a long-term solution to a problem, for example, elevation of a home to reduce the risk of flood damage as opposed to buying sandbags and pumps to fight the flood.  In addition, a project’s potential savings must be more than the cost of implementing the project.  These activities may include elevating structures in the regulatory floodplain, acquiring property to prevent future losses, or retrofitting structures to minimize future damages.

“It’s important to understand that these activities have not been activated by FEMA or the State of North Carolina and therefore, Pender County is unaware of any potential funding amounts or timing of this potential future grant application” said Kyle Breuer, Planning and Community Development Director.  “Projects such as this have taken years to receive funding and are not designed to provide immediate relief from the devastating effects of natural disasters our area is known to see.  There’s an expectation that this option is available now, which it is not.”

Staff from the Planning and Community Development department as well as Emergency Management will be available next week, Tuesday, October 16th from 4 – 6 p.m. at 805 S. Walker Street, Burgaw, NC to review potential HMGP opportunities with residents as well as to review requirements for potential eligibility.

The County has created a website to host additional information for residents to review and can be found at: https://www.pendercountync.gov/pcd/planning-community-development/flood/

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Please see a printable version here: http://www.pendercountync.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/10.10.18-Hazard-Mitigation-Meeting-Press-Release.pdf

 

Hurricane Cleanup- Fact Sheets on Asbestos and Lead-Based Paint

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON HURRICANE CLEANUP!

Here are fact sheets from the NC Department of Health and Human Services on how to protect yourself and the environment from asbestos and lead-based paint exposure during emergency cleanup of debris.

Please be aware and share the DO’S and DON’TS regarding asbestos and lead-based paint!

Distribution of hay and feed

The Eastern NC Equine Emergency Assist, 4101 Blue Clay Rd. in Castle Hayne, is distributing hay and feed for family pets and large animals on Saturday. This is the second Saturday they are distributing items to help families impacted by Hurricane Florence.

Our Animal Shelter Manager Jewell Horton will be on site.

Report significant storm damage before tax re-evaluation

BURGAW –  The Pender County Tax Department is finalizing the 2019 Pender County re-evaluation. Tax values will be effective January 2019. The tax office is attempting to capture significant storm-related damages that have occurred during Hurricane Florence.

“We need our property owners in Pender County to report damage to us,” said Justian Pound, Pender County Tax Assessor. “If we know about damages now we will attempt to reflect those damages that are still affecting property as of January 1. We know our properties have been impacted across the county, so please contact the tax office at 910-259-1221.”

Pound said the 2019 evaluation notice would do the department’s best to reflect damages. However, residents will always have the right to appeal that notice. Instructions for appeal will be included in the 2019 valuation notice.

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DISCOLORATION OF PCU DRINKING WATER

Based on the laboratory analysis of water samples collected the week of September 26th, 2018, slightly elevated levels of iron and manganese have been detected in portions of the distribution system. This may lead to slight variations in color of slightly yellowish to slightly brown.

The water is still safe to drink and meets all drinking water standards.

What causes the release of iron and manganese in the water mains?

In conversation with NC DEQ officials and other public water supplies that use the Cape Fear River as the raw water source to their Water Treatment Plants, they have seen this type of release after previous flooding events.

It can be attributable to increased iron and manganese in the source of raw water (Cape Fear River) associated with Hurricane Florence, elevated river water temperatures and increased water demands in the distribution system.

It is advisable to not wash white linens if you have discolored water at your tap.

The water color is expected to return to normal within the next few weeks.

Pender County allocates additional funds for Pender County Schools

BURGAW – Today in and Emergency Meeting, the Pender County Board of County Commissioners allocated $947,244 for the Pender County Board of Education for contracts to remediate district buildings.

In the meeting the Commissioners approved considered items related to the school district’s hurricane damage, possible funding for school repairs, and emergency response issues related to Hurricane Florence recovery.

“The goal of the Pender County Board of Commissioners and the Board of Education remain the same – to provide a safe learning environment for our children,” said George Brown, Chairman of the Pender County Board of County Commissioners.

On Sept. 28, the Pender County Board of County Commissioners approved and allocated $4 million to the Pender County Board of Education. The Board of Education then hired a professional engineering and industrial hygiene firm to prepare remediation protocols for damaged schools. The Board of Education received bids from contractors on Oct. 8 and awarded contracts to remediation firms on the evening of October 9th.

“With this allocation, the County Commissioners have fully funded all contracts which the School Board has approved. Both Boards are working together to get our kids back in school as soon as we safely can do so,” Brown said.

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Pender County parks to close Thursday

PENDER COUNTY – Pender County’s Hampstead Kiwanis Park and Pender Memorial Park will close on Thursday to all group activities, due to Hurricane Michael.

“We will evaluate the parks and determine if the parks should open on Friday,” said Doug Shipley, Pender County Parks and Recreation director. “If the storm is severe and causes damage, we may need to close the parks throughout the weekend.”

The Holly Shelter Shooting Range will be closed on Thursday, Oct. 11.

Shipley said depending on the impact of the storm, a decision will be made regarding re-opening the facility for Friday and the weekend.

Youth sports and various park activities should monitor the Pender County website, www.pendercountync.gov or the parks and rec Facebook pages for updates.

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Hazard Mitigation Activities

PENDER COUNTY, NC – Following a federally declared disaster such as Hurricane Florence, local governments are eligible to apply for Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funds (HMGP) that will reduce or eliminate the losses from future disasters. Projects must provide a long-term solution to a problem, for example, elevation of a home to reduce the risk of flood damage as opposed to buying sandbags and pumps to fight the flood. In addition, a project’s potential savings must be more than the cost of implementing the project. These activities may include elevating structures in the regulatory floodplain, acquiring property to prevent future losses, or retrofitting structures to minimize future damages.

“It’s important to understand that these activities have not been activated by FEMA or the State of North Carolina and therefore, Pender County is unaware of any potential funding amounts or timing of this potential future grant application” said Kyle Breuer, Planning and Community Development Director. “Projects such as this have taken years to receive funding and are not designed to provide immediate relief from the devastating effects of natural disasters our area is known to see. There’s an expectation that this option is available now, which it is not.”

Staff from the Planning and Community Development department as well as Emergency Management will be available next week, Tuesday, October 16th from 4 – 6 p.m. at 805 S. Walker Street, Burgaw, NC to review potential HMGP opportunities with residents as well as to review requirements for potential eligibility.

The County has created a website to host additional information for residents to review and can be found at: https://www.pendercountync.gov/pcd/planning-community-development/flood/

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Pender County Emergency Operations fully activated

PENDER COUNTY – The Pender County Office of Emergency Management is fully activated, effective 7 a.m., Oct. 11.

“We are tracking Hurricane Michael,” said Tom Collins, Pender County Emergency Management director. “The EOC is fully staffed.”

Pender County Emergency Management will post updates on the Facebook page at facebook.com/penderem and on the county website, www.pendercountync.gov. If you need assistance call the EM office at 910- 259-1210.

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