Pender County Emergency Operations offers text and email communications

PENDER COUNTY – Pender County Emergency Management, which has been fully activated since 7 a.m., Sept. 4, offers residents another communication option. Residents can text questions to emergency management by texting 910-620-9405 or email questions to

“We are fully staffed and monitoring Hurricane Dorian,” said Tom Collins, Pender County Emergency Management director.

“We urge residents who reside in travel trailers, substandard housing, and in low-lying area to seek shelter,” said Collins. “Hurricane Dorian will spawn tornadoes and later we will face hurricane force winds. Seek shelter before we reach the height of the storm.”

Collins said non-emergency questions can be texted, messaged on Facebook, or emailed into the Emergency Operations Center. Staff is ready to take your phone calls too. Call 910-259-1210.

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


Chad McEwen named Pender County Manager

BURGAW – Pender County commissioners announced Chad McEwen is the new county manager. McEwen has served as Pender County Assistant County Manager for the last two years. Prior to working for Pender County, McEwen worked for the Town of Burgaw for 13 years, seven of which he was town manager.

“Chad has proven leadership and management skills,” said George Brown, chairman of the Pender County Board of Commissioners. “We are pleased he has agreed to step into the role of county manager.”

McEwen will replace Randell Woodruff, who is stepping aside to become Brunswick County’s new county manager.

McEwen is a graduate of the University of North Carolina – Wilmington with an undergraduate degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve as the county manager for Pender County,” said McEwen. “I greatly appreciate the confidence shown in me by the Pender County Board of Commissioners.”

McEwen will begin his new role as county manager effective Oct. 18.

McEwen is married and the couple have one son.

“I look forward to continuing to build upon the recent successes in Pender County,” said McEwen, particularly those endeavors that has made Pender County one of the most popular places in the country to live, work, and visit.



Pender County Declares State of Emergency, prepares shelters

PENDER COUNTY – With Hurricane Dorian approaching the East Coast, Pender County authorities declared a state of emergency effective Monday, Sept. 3, at 8 a.m.

“We are tracking Hurricane Dorian,” said Tom Collins, Pender County Emergency Manager. “The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is partially activated now and will be fully activated starting Sept. 4.”

George Brown, chairman of the Pender County Board of Commissioners, signed a Pender County State of Emergency.

Preparations are being made by Pender County Emergency Management, Pender County Health and Human Services, with the cooperation of the American Red Cross, Pender County Schools, and the Pender County Sheriff’s Department, three shelters will be activated – Malpass Corner Elementary, Topsail Elementary School, and Cape Fear Middle School.

“Cape Fear Middle School is a pet-friendly shelter and will serve special needs,” said Carolyn Moser, Pender County Health and Human Services director. “All shelters will open Wednesday, Sept. 4, at 2 p.m.”

“All Pender County government departments will supply personnel to work in shelters, report damage assessments, answer emergency telephones, and a myriad of other tasks,” said George Brown, Chairman of the Pender County Board of Commissioners. “We urge residents to prepare for this storm with supplies to sustain for several days. We urge residents to seek safe shelter – especially our residents in substandard housing or travel trailers.”

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.


Pender County parks to close due to Hurricane Dorian

BURGAW – Due to the uncertainty of incoming Hurricane Dorian’s track and the projection of significant rainfall, Doug Shipley, Pender County Parks and Recreation director, announced Pender County parks will close at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 3, until after the storm passes.

“After the storm, a determination will be made when to open park operations,” said Shipley.


Pender County to open three shelters on Wednesday during Hurricane Dorian

PENDER COUNTY – The Pender County Office of Emergency Management (EOC) announced three shelters will open in preparation for Hurricane Dorian. Shelters will open Wednesday, Sept. 4, at 2 p.m.

Cape Fear Middle School, Malpass Corners Elementary, and Topsail Elementary will open Wednesday, Sept.4, at 2 p.m.

“We are working with Pender County Emergency crews, Pender County Health and Human Services, and the American Red Cross to open three shelters during Hurricane Dorian,” said Tom Collins, Pender County Emergency Manager.

“Cape Fear Middle School is the pet-friendly shelter,” said Collins.

Residents who are listed on the special-needs registry should contact the health department at 910-259-1230.

Residents who bring their pets will need to stay in the Cape Fear Middle School shelter. Pet owners are required to present rabies vaccination records. Residents need to bring pet food and water. Please bring pet carriers.

Here’s a suggested list of items to bring to a shelter checklist:

  1. Clothing for 3-7 days
  2. Pillows
  3. Blankets or sleeping bags, cots or air mattress
  4. Food and medication for service animal
  5. Daily toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, soap, washcloth, feminine hygiene products)
  6. Special dietary foods, infant formula
  7. Identification for each family member
  8. 7-day supply of medicine in the original bottles if possible
  9. Cell phone with charger
  10. Books, games and cards
  11. Family/friend/caretaker’s emergency contact information
  12. Written list of all medications with doctors’ names and phone numbers
  13. Glasses, dentures, hearing aids
  14. Medical equipment used on a daily- basis (wheelchair, walker, cane, oxygen, catheters, etc.)
  15. Extra batteries needed for any medical equipment
  16. Adult diapers or children’s diapers and wipes.
  17. Food and snacks for 3-7 days.

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.


9/4 Planning Board Meeting Canceled

Anticipating the potential effects of Hurricane Dorian, the regularly scheduled Planning Board meeting scheduled for Wednesday, September 4, 2019, will be cancelled and rescheduled to a later date.  Please remain vigilant and continue to prepare for this storm.

Utilities-System Pressure Advisory!

Water customers of Pender County Utilities, in Pender County, along Kenneth Lee Drive, East Brenda Lee Drive, West Brenda Lee Drive, and a portion of Sloop Point Loop Road between Fieldcrest Drive and Sloop Point Road, are advised that due to a water main break, water has been temporarily turned off to conduct a water main repair in the area this tonight, Tuesday August 27, 2019. We expect water to be off for several hours while repairs are performed.

Water service will be returned upon completion of the work. Periods of low or no pressure in the distribution system increases the potential for back siphonage and introduction of bacteria into the water system.

Therefore, consumers in the area noted above 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 until this advisory is lifted. This advisory will be in effect for a minimum of 24 hours.

Vigorous boiling for one (1) minute should kill any disease-causing organisms that may be present in the water.

Water customers are strongly urged to conserve water whenever possible.

This advisory remains in effect until further written notification is issued.

This advisory issued on August 27, 2019 by:

Kenny Keel, Director

Pender County Utilities



Public Water Supply Section

NC Division of Water Resources

Wilmington Regional Office

(910) 796–7215

cc: Public Water Supply Section, Regional Engineer

Pender County Health Department


County Offices closed Monday, Trash and Recycling Convenience Centers and Transfer station open regular hours

Pender County offices will be closed Monday September 2nd, 2019 in observance of the Labor Day. The Trash&Recycling Convenience Centers and Transfer Station remain open on their regular schedule.

Solid Waste stickers are provided only with hard copy of tax bill showing the proper code for proof of payment. Without tax bill our personal can’t issue an updated sticker over the weekend and Holiday.

 During normal office hours residents can pick up trash sticker at the Utilities office in Burgaw and Hampstead Annex building in Hampstead.


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