Pender County relaxes curfew

PENDER COUNTY – The curfew enacted after Hurricane Florence has been relaxed. The 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew has been relaxed. The new curfew hours are 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.

“As power is being restored and businesses are opened, we felt it was time to ease the curfew,” said George Brown, chairman of the Pender County Board of Commissioners.

Pender County Sheriff Carson Smith said the curfew was necessary because of the hazards and debris on the roads following Hurricane Florence.

“There are flood areas of the county,” said Tom Collins, Pender County Emergency Manager. “We urge caution Pender County residents to avoid fallen power lines and standing water on the roadways.”

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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Hurricane Florence Community Update – Sept 20 2018

Please tune in to our Live community update of Hurricane Florence at 10:30 today on the Pender County Facebook page or the Pender County EM Facebook page; The video will be posted on the county website after streaming.

Please see the agenda below:

George Brown, Chairman of the Pender County Board of Commissioners

Tom Collins, Director of Pender County Emergency Management

Woody Sullivan, Director of Pender County EMS and Fire

Carolyn Moser, Director of Health and Human Services

Kyle Breuer, Director of Pender County Planning and Community Development

Mark Seitz, Pender County Extension Director ,  (910) 259-1235

Relief for Pender County residents impacted by Hurricane Florence

PENDER COUNTY – Pender County residents needing assistance can turn to local charities for assistance.

“We have several wonderful organizations that have stepped up to help our community during the recovery from Hurricane Florence,” said Tom Collins.

“We know this is a trying time,” said Collins. “Supplies by truck and helicopter are arriving.”

The following sites will be Red Cross distribution centers:

  • Maple Hill VFD, 115 Old Maple Hill Rd., Maple Hill
  • American Legion, 16660 Hwy. 17, Hampstead
  • Penderlea VFD, 4005 NC Hwy 11, Penderlea
  • The old Bank of America, 102 E. Fremont St., Burgaw
  • EMS Station, 14388 Hwy 210, Rocky Point

The following drop sites for relief items will be:

  • Lighthouse Church, 98 S. Trade Way, Rocky Point
  • Atkinson, 700 E. Church St., Atkinson
  • Maple Hill, 115 Old Maple Rd., Maple Hill
  • Hampstead Kiwanis Park, 586 Sloop Point Loop Rd., Hampstead

For assistance of food, toiletries, and cleaning products, visit:

  • Share the Table, 12395 Hwy. 50, Surf City (call 910-616-8897 for hours)
  • Gateway Baptist Church, 416 W. Bridgers St., Burgaw
  • Lighthouse Church, 98 South Trade Way, Rocky Point.

Monetary donations may be made to the American Red Cross, Gateway Community Church, Pender Christian Services, Baptist Men of North Carolina, and Lighthouse Church, and Share the Table.

“We want normalcy, but normalcy will be restored in the coming weeks as our power is restored, and our businesses are up and running,” said Collins.

“I know it is hard,” said Collins, “but we are resilient, and we will be normal again.”

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 immediate help call the EM office at 910- 259-1210.

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Hurricane Florence Building Recovery

PENDER COUNTY, NC – In response to the recent devastating effects of Hurricane Florence, Pender County will accept emergency storm-related work as long as the work is being done by a licensed contractor or electrician.  Once the work is completed by the licensed contractor or electrician, the power provider will release the power to the structure.

We are asking that the work performed be called in through the normal inspection request phone number (910) 259-1524) “requestors will be able to provide their scope of work, property address, and licensing information to immediately begin the permitting process.”  Pender County will issue an after-the-fact permit and perform the inspection as soon as we’re able.

“We’re asking the public to be patient as we work through this process as assuring building safety is our top priority.  Recovery is our top priority and all other non-emergency storm related requests will be postponed until further notice.”

 

World Central Kitchen Providing Meals Today

Today 9/18/18 World Central Kitchen will provide free hot meals to those impacted by Hurricane Florence at the following locations beginning at 5:15pm.
Atkinson Baptist Church – 200 E. Church St. Atkinson, NC 28421
Gateway Baptist Church – 416 W. Bridgers St. Burgaw, NC 28425
Lighthouse Church – 98 South Trade Way Rocky Point, NC 28457

Press Conference Agenda

Below is the agenda for the press conference. Pender County will host the press conference at the Pender County Emergency Management Office, 805 Ridgewood Rd. in Burgaw.

PRESS CONFERENCE

George Brown, Chairman of the Pender County Board of Commissioner

Welcome

Overview of State of Pender County

Tom Collins, Pender County Emergency Manager

Pender County response to Hurricane Florence

Woody Sullivan, Pender County EMS & Fire director

Collaboration with other agencies

Rescues and Triage

Carson Smith, Pender County Sheriff

Curfew

Response to Hurricane Florence

Dr. Steven Hill, Superintendent of Pender County Schools

   State of the schools

The district’s collaboration with the Pender County Health and Human Services and Red Cross

Kenny Keel, Pender County Utilities Director

Water usage

Pender County Utilities

Jerry Miller, Duke Energy, Government & Community Relations

Power restoration

Jimmy Smith, Four County Electric

Power restoration

Statement from Topsail Beach and Surf City

Time for Q&A

Pender County offices closed until further notice

BURGAW –  Pender County government offices will remain closed until further notice.

“Due to storm recovery efforts of Hurricane Florence, Pender County offices will be closed through Wednesday,” said Randell Woodruff, Pender County manager.

County employees should monitor their email or watch for notices on social media and local media.

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Mobile Hospital comes to Burgaw

BURGAW – The largest healthcare system in the Carolinas Medical Center has arrived in Burgaw to fill the absence of an emergency center with MED-1.

Pender County EMS & Fire was prepared to set up triage centers following Hurricane Florence.

“Offering emergency care is vital to a community, especially following a hurricane,” said Woody Sullivan, Pender EMS & Fire director.

Atrium Health of Charlotte stepped up to assist to fill the void left by the temporary closing of Pender Memorial Hospital.

“We have a 14-bed emergency department,” said Kristy Hayne, MED-1 manager of operations. “Two beds are for an operating room(OR). We have a full OR department.”

Hayne said MED-1 is staffed by 32 doctors, nurses, physician assistant, pastoral service and behavioral health specialist.

“They will offer triage,” said David Dudding, Pender County EMS & Fire battalion chief. “This team is a mobile ER who can deal with multiple medical emergencies including cardiac care, surgery, and trauma.”

Pender EMS & Fire will transport injured or ill patients from Western Pender County to the triage center, located at 200 W. Wilmington St., in the Family Dollar parking lot.

Patients along the coast have clear access to New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s ER in Wilmington.

Dudding said patients can be driven to the triage center by friends or family.

“We are working with local providers,” said Haynes. “We will be here as long as there is a need.”

Haynes said the idea of taking doctors to the disaster was started by two healthcare providers from their medical group in Charlotte.

“We handle minor to critical 24/7,” said Haynes.

For information about the triage center, call Pender EMS & Fire at 910-259-0891. For medical assistance and transport to the triage center call 911.

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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Mobile hospital ramp

Mobile hospital with examination tables

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