PENDER COUNTY – The Pender County Office of Emergency Management (EOC) urges residents to use this weekend to prepare.
“While we monitor the path of Hurricane Isaias, we want to take this opportunity to remind our residents to prepare for wind and rain,” said Carson Smith, Pender County Emergency Manager. “This is the time to prepare. If you don’t have a hurricane emergency kit, this is the time to assemble one. Have batteries, plenty of drinking water, medications, cash, and propane in stock. Prepare for fallen trees and power outages.”
The EOC, while not fully activated, has staged equipment and personnel for a hurricane.
Now is the time for residents to prepare using a checklist of supplies available online at www.readync.org. The app is free for downloading. Pender County residents should also sign up for CodeRed, a free alert system in Pender County.
“When preparing, keep in mind the items you need to maintain your health and safety,” said Smith. “With hurricane season and the COVID-19 pandemic, residents need to remember to use face coverings and hand sanitizer.”
Have the basic things in your emergency supplies kit:
- Extra eyeglasses, hearing aids if you have them or have coverage for them.
- Battery chargers and extra batteries for hearing aids, motorized wheelchairs or other battery-operated medical or assistive technology devices.
- Copies of medical prescriptions, doctors’ orders and the style and serial numbers of the support devices you use.
- Medical alert tags or bracelets or written descriptions of your disability and support needs, if you cannot tell someone about your needs in an emergency.
- Supplies for your service animal.
- Medical insurance cards, Medicare/Medicaid cards, physician contact information, list of your allergies and health history.
- List of the local non-profit or community-based groups that know you or help people with access and functional needs like yours.
- List of personal contacts, family and friends that you may need to get in touch within an emergency.
- Covered personal communication board, if you might need assistance with being understood.
- If possible, extra medicine, oxygen, insulin, catheters or other medical supplies you use on a normal basis.
- If you use a motorized wheelchair, have a lightweight manual chair available for emergencies. Know the size, weight and if it is collapsible, in case it must be moved to another place.
- Even if you do not use a computer yourself, think about putting important facts onto a flash drive for you to take with you if you need to leave your house.
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.