Eastern Pender County water restrictions remain in effect

HAMPSTEAD – The Stage 3 Mandatory Water Restrictions II remain in effect for Pender County Utilities (PCU) customers in the Hampstead and Scotts Hill areas.

“All non-essential uses of drinking water are banned, and garden and landscape irrigation must be reduced to the minimum amount necessary for survival,” said Kenny Keel, Pender County Utilities director. “Irrigating grass lawns is banned.”

It is anticipated that these restrictions will remain in effect until at least July 8, to ensure a sufficient water supply is available for customers over the Independence Day holiday. PCU staff will re-evaluate our water shortage response at that time to determine if changes can be made.

“We appreciate the cooperation of our customers with these requirements,” said Keel. “Thank you for your efforts.”

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Pender County EMS receives honor from American Heart Association

BURGAW – Pender County EMS and Fire received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Plus Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.

“This is the second year Pender EMS and Fire has received the highest award for Mission: Lifeline,” said Woodrow Sullivan, Pender EMS and Fire Chief.

Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the deadliest type of heart attack caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart. This requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication.

“We focus on the training requirement to determine early recognition and transport to the proper facility,” said David Dudding, Pender EMS and Fire’s training battalion chief. “A patient experiencing this type of episode has a 90-minute window to receive the proper treatment. We train with the knowledge that time is of the essence.”

The Mission: Lifeline EMS recognition program honors emergency medical services for their efforts in improving systems of care to rapidly identify suspected heart attack patients, promptly notify the medical center and trigger an early response from the awaiting hospital personnel.

Pender EMS and Fire provides optimal care for heart attack patients,” said Sullivan. “We are pleased to be recognized – for the second year – for our dedication and achievements in emergency medical care efforts through Mission: Lifeline.”

“EMTs and paramedics play a vital part in the system of care for those who have heart attacks,” said Tim Henry, M.D. chair of the Mission: Lifeline Acute Coronary Syndrome subcommittee. “Since they often are the first medical point of contact, they can save precious minutes of treatment by activating the emergency response system that alerts hospitals to an incoming heart attack patient. We applaud Pender EMS and Fire for achieving this award in following evidence-based guidelines in the treatment of people who have severe heart attacks.”

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Burning Ban to be Lifted, June 10, 2019 at 5pm

The Pender County Fire Marshal announced the lifting of the County burning ban effective today, Monday, June 10, 2019 at 5pm.

Persons choosing to burn must still use caution. Fire officials recommend that anyone burning have resources immediately available to control their fire. Those resources include water hoses, buckets of water, and hand tools. Should a fire become out of control, individuals need to immediately contact the local fire department for assistance by calling 911.

The lifting of the burning ban will allow for individuals to utilize open burning for disposal of vegetative debris that has been generated on their property. This includes items such as leaves, straw, lawn clippings, shrubbery clippings, and sticks and branches. Garbage, lumber, building materials, cardboard paper and rubber are never allowed to be burned. These items must be disposed of at solid waste convenience sites located throughout the county. Anyone found to be burning non-vegetative will be cited for illegal burning.

Persons needing more information about open burning regulations in Pender County can contact the Pender County Fire Marshal at 910-259-1210 or the Pender County Headquarters for the NC Division of Forest Resources at 910-259-7251. Websites at www.penderem.com or www.ncforestservice.gov

Pender County reviews AM broadcast possibilities

BURGAW – Pender County Board of Commissioners and the county’s emergency management personnel are reviewing a proposed plan to bring an AM radio station online.

“When a major storm blows into the Pender County region and power is lost, an AM station is a solution to reach the entire county during an emergency,” said Tom Collins, Pender County Emergency manager.

Covering a county that is more than 900 square miles is no easy task. It will take three stationary antenna and two portable units to reach the entire county with an emergency message.

“The frequencies are licensed by the FCC and approved,” said Collins.

Commissioners like the idea of a county-wide emergency system that will be operated from one control station, with the ability to change messages quickly. The system the commissioners reviewed allows the same message to appear on the county website or in text format.

The system costs more than $285,000. The system offers a lifetime warranty, installation, three fixed antenna, frequency stabilizer, wireless links for transmissions and receiving, solar powered portable stations, boosters, and more.

Collins said the broadcast station would transmit reliable emergency alerts before, during, and after a natural disaster.

“When cell phone batteries fail and the power is out, the old fashioned transmission radio is a reliable tool to receive emergency information,” said George Brown, chairman of the Pender County Board of Commissioners.

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Topsail Sounds Summer Concerts start June 25, 2019 in Topsail Beach

TOPSAIL BEACH – The Town of Topsail Beach and Pender County Parks and Recreation will present Topsail Sounds Summer Concerts on June 25 and July 23.

“We are pleased to work with Pender County Parks and Recreation to bring these two concerts to the Town of Topsail Beach,” said Howard Braxton, mayor.

“The concerts will take place in Topsail Beach Town Center,” said Zachary White, Pender County Parks and Recreation supervisor. “The concerts are free to the public.”

The June 25 concert is Soul on the Beach, featuring Motown classics. The July 23 concert features Randy Knight and Parrot Party, a tribute to Jimmy Buffet.

“Community events are like family reunions, a time when we see our friends and neighbors who enjoy the spirit of pride in Topsail Beach,” said Linda Vescovi, Topsail Beach town planner. “Think of these two concert events as an old-fashion notion of visiting neighbors on the front porch swing. Community is the very heart of our special town.”

“We encourage concert-goers to enjoy a meal from the fine restaurants in Topsail Beach,” said White. “Bring your beach chairs and beach blankets.”

All concerts will begin at 6:30 p.m. Topsail Beach Town Center is located at 624 S. Anderson Blvd.

The Topsail Sounds Summer concerts are a collaboration with the Town of Topsail Beach and Pender County Parks and Recreation. For more information, contact Pender County Parks and Recreation at 910-259-1330 or Topsail Beach Town Hall at 910-328-5841.

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Hurricane season has arrived, being prepared is critical

PENDER COUNTY – With the start of Hurricane season, Pender County is here to promote hurricane preparedness for citizens in our county. To help spread the word and make citizens better prepared, we are committed to continuing to ensure all know their risk, get prepared and stay informed.

Over the past 3 years, we have witnessed the devasting impacts that hurricanes can cause. High winds, heavy rainfall, tornadoes and floods can cause loss of life and damage to property. As we saw with the impacts of Hurricane Florence in Pender County, all hurricanes can cause significant damage, whether they are considered a Major Hurricane (Category 3 or higher).

Always keep these important facts in mind while preparing:

Know Your Risk: To search for general information about risks in your area, visit https://gis.pendercountync.gov/maps/ and type in your address. Click on layers and select flood zones to see what flood zone you are in or near. You can also visit NOAA’s historical hurricane track tool at https://coast.noaa.gov/hurricanes/ to check the severity and frequency of past hurricanes in your area.

Flood Alerts: To sign up for flood alerts that are tied to the nearest river gages, go to Pender County’s website and search for the webpage “Being Prepared for a Hurricane” http://www.pendercountync.gov/pcd/planning-community-development/being-prepared-for-a-hurricane/. Instructions to sign up for alerts can be found under the Flood Inundation Mapping and Alert Network (FIMAN) section.

Get prepared: Act now to be prepared for hurricane season. Make sure you have family evacuation and communication plans, update your emergency supply kit and evaluate your flood insurance needs.

Survival Kit Supplies: Water, Food (non-perishable), Flashlight, Battery power or Hand-crank radio (Can purchase at red cross store online), Extra batteries, Deluxe family first aid kit, Medications and medical items, Multi-purpose tools, Sanitation and personal hygiene items, Copy of personal documents, Cell phone with charger, Family and emergency contact information , Extra Cash, Emergency Blanket, Maps of the area IF NEEDED: Baby supplies, games and activities for children, pet supplies, manual can-opener.

Flood Insurance: Did you know that homeowner’s insurance does not cover damage from flooding? The good news is that the Pender County community is a member of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).  Flood insurance is available to homeowners, condo owners, apartment owners, renters and business owners. Typically, there’s a 30-day waiting period from date of purchase before your policy goes into effect. Areas in the floodplain are areas that are at high risk for flooding. In high-risk areas, there is at least a 1 in 4 chance of flooding during a 30-year mortgage.

For more information, watch our Pender County Emergency Management website or Facebook. If you have not signed up for the CodeRed alert system, register for free at http://www.pendercountync.gov/em/special-disaster-information/emergency-notification-system/ or call 910-259-1210 for details.

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Local Burning Ban Issued for Pender County

For Immediate Release

May 30, 2019

A County burning ban has been issued for Pender County by the Pender County Fire Marshal’s Office.

Extremely dry weather conditions, and hazardous forest fire conditions have prompted the Pender County Fire Marshal to issue a burning ban effective today at 5:00 pm. The Pender County Fire Marshal has issued this ban on all outdoor burning. These bans will remain in effect until fire danger conditions improve.  This means that no outdoor burning can occur from ALL Residential Structures outward to 100 Ft. until this ban is lifted.

The use of outdoor grills for cooking is still allowed under this ban; however, the grills must have a cover that can be placed over the coals once cooking is complete.  Open-pit cooking or open flames for cooking purposes are not allowed.

Persons needing more information should contact the Pender County Fire Marshal at 910-259-1210

 

Tommy Batson

Pender County Fire Marshal

 

SYSTEM PRESSURE / BOIL WATER ADVISORY RESCINDED; STAGE 3 MANDATORY WATER RESTRICTIONS REMAIN IN EFFECT

Pender County Utilities has rescinded the May 26, 2019 System Pressure Advisory issued to its water customers in all areas of Hampstead, Scott’s Hill, and south of 7390 NC 210 in Rocky Point.  System pressures have risen to higher levels that are closer to normal.

Bacteriological analysis results of drinking water samples collected after the pressure loss from this water system show no coliform bacteria present.  Pender County Utilities water customers may use the water without boiling.

The Stage 3 Mandatory Water Restrictions II remain in effect at this time.  All non-essential uses of drinking water are banned and garden and landscape irrigation must be reduced to the minimum amount necessary for survival.

Thank you.

This advisory is hereby rescinded the 29th day of May 2019:

Kenny Keel, Director      Pender County Utilities     910-259-1570

Pender County water shortage emergency and boil advisory remains in effect

BURGAW – The Pender County Utilities (PCU) water shortage emergency and system pressure/boil water advisory remains in effect through May 28.

“Customers in the Hampstead and Scotts Hill areas remain under a water shortage emergency today, as well as a system pressure advisory/boil water advisory,” said George Brown, chairman of the Pender County Board of Commissioners. “Water tank levels are improving, but conditions still require the conservation of water as much as possible, including no irrigation or other outside water usage.”

“Water samples were taken this morning and are being analyzed to determine if any contamination exists in the system,” said Kenny Keel, Pender County Utilities director. “Upon the completion of the testing on Wednesday morning, we will provide a further update on the boil water advisory status.”

The PCU staff is working with other area water utilities to assist with the water supply issues in the area.

“Pender County commissioners and administration have been working to address infrastructure issues as the county continues to experience tremendous growth,” said Randell Woodruff, county manager. “Our staff has been working on options to maintain and keep up with the growth in population.”

PCU customers in Hampstead, Scotts Hill, and areas south of 7390 NC 210 in the far eastern and southern portions of Rocky Point, east of the Northeast Cape Fear River are in the impacted areas.

Customers are strongly urged to conserve water. Do not wash cars, water lawns, and only use appliances such as clothes washers when filled. Customers are also advised to boil all water used for human consumption – including drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation – or use bottled water. Vigorous boiling for one minute should kill any disease-causing organisms that may be present in the water due to low pressure.

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Pender County issues water shortage emergency for Eastern Pender

HAMPSTEAD – Pender County issued a water shortage emergency and system pressure advisory.
“This impacts Pender County Utilities (PCU) customers in Hampstead, Scotts Hill, and areas south of 7390 NC 210 in the far eastern and southern portions of Rocky Point, east of the Northeast Cape Fear River,” said Kenny Keel, Pender County Utilities director.

PCU customers are strongly urged to conserve water. Do not wash cars, water lawns, and only use appliances such as clothes washers when filled.

“Pender County commissioners and administration have been working to address infrastructure issues as the county continues to experience tremendous growth,” said Randell Woodruff, county manager. “Our staff has been working on options to maintain and keep up with the growth in population.”

“It appeared that we still had time to finalize these sources without an impact to the water system,” said Keel. “However, the current drought situation, excessive heat, and widespread frequent irrigation within these areas led to our current shortage.”

“We have been in negotiations for an interconnection with another water system, as well as the potential construction of a water treatment plant on the east side of the county,” said Commissioner David Williams.

“A drought surcharge will NOT be charged,” said Chairman George Brown.
“The water shortage and pressure advisory remain in effect for Pender County Utilities water customers,” said Keel. “The drought surcharge of 1.5 times the normal water rate will NOT be charged to our customers for the current shortage.”

PCU consumers are advised to boil all water used for human consumption – including drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation – or use bottled water. Vigorous boiling for one minute should kill any disease-causing organisms that may be present in the water due to low pressure.

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Source: 5.27.19 REV Water emergency

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