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Hurricane Dorian Live Update – 9/06/19

Pender County and Pender County Emergency Management will issue important information and announcements on this home page during Hurricane Dorian, a major weather event.

The top five posts from Pender County Emergency Management’s Facebook page are displayed below for your convenience. For real time updates, be sure to follow the Pender County Emergency Management Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/penderem/

This webpage will be updated as new information is made available.
Content last modified: Sep 7, 2019 @ 8:53 pm

Before the Storm

  • Hurricane Preparation

    Know the supplies you need for a hurricane by reviewing the information below to create your own hurricane checklist scratch or use this document.

    • Water. One gallon per person, per day — prepare for a minimum of three days.
    • Battery-operated television or radio.
    • Extra batteries
    • Manual can opener
    • Local maps
    • Flashlights and waterproof matches
    • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
    • Toilet paper
    • Baby supplies
    • Cash (ATMs may not work after the storm)
    • Rain gear/hat
    • Bleach or water-purification tablets
    • Soap and detergent
    • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation.
    • Charcoal/lighter fluid or portable camping stove
    • Disposable plates, glasses and utensils
    • Ice chest and ice
    • Valuable papers — insurance information, passports, Social Security cards, bank account and credit card numbers, wills, deeds, etc. — or copies, in a waterproof bag
    • Prescription and other necessary medicines
    • Blankets, tarp and masking tape
    • Dust mask to filter contaminated air, plastic sheeting and duct tape.
    • Three day’s worth of clothing, sleeping bags
    • First-aid kit: aspirin or pain reliever, anti-diarrhea medication scissors, tweezers, bug spray
    • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
    • Fire extinguisher — ABC type
    • Extra pair of eyeglasses
    • Extra house, car keys
    • Tools: Shut-off wrench, pliers
    • Needles, thread
    • Whistle
    • Signal flare
    • Games, books for entertainment
    • Pet care: leashes, pet carriers, food
    • Sunscreen and sunglasses
    • Baby food, baby formula, powdered milk
    • Canned meats (Spam, chicken, ham)
    • Canned fish (tuna, sardines)
    • Canned meals: spaghetti, soup, stew, chili
    • Canned fruits and vegetables
    • Cereal, crackers and cookies
    • Instant coffee, tea bags, sodas, juice
    • Granola bars, nuts, trail mix
    • Peanut butter and jelly
    • Sugar, salt, pepper
    • Listen for weather updates
    • Check gas, oil in vehicle
    • Check your emergency evacuation supplies
    • Board up or put storm shutters on windows
    • Clear your yard of loose objects, bicycles, lawn furniture, trash cans, etc.
    • Leave swimming pools filled. Super chlorinate the water, cover pump, filtration systems and intakes.
    • Make sure you know your evacuation routes and shelters.
    • Obtain, mark clean containers for storing water.
    • Obtain a week’s supply of nonperishable foods. Check your disaster supplies kit.
    • Write down emergency phone numbers and keep them near every phone.
    • Be a good friend. Offer your home as shelter to friends/relatives who live in vulnerable areas.
    • Stay inside away from windows.
    • Wait for official word that the danger is over. Don’t be fooled by the storm’s calm eye.
    • Pack what you will need, including emergency supplies kit.
    • Turn off water and electricity at the main valve, breakers or fuses.
    • Turn off propane gas tanks that serve individual appliances like a stove or grill. Do not turn off natural gas unless local officials advise to do so. While you may turn water and electricity back on, only a professional should turn gas back on, to avoid the possibility of a leak leading to explosion. Since it can take weeks for a professional to respond, do not turn off the gas unless you are told to do so, or you suspect a leak.
    • Listen for and follow local evacuation instructions.

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  • What To Know When Sheltering

    Being prepared to stay in a shelter will help reduce stress and make the stay less uncomfortable. All Pender County shelters are housed inside school buildings.

    “We are working with Pender County Emergency crews, Pender County Health Department, and the American Red Cross to open four shelters during Hurricane Florence,” said Tom Collins, Pender County Emergency Manager.

    • A limited supply of military style cots will be available on a first come, first serve basis.
    • You should bring personal items to help make your stay more comfortable. (see checklist)
    • The shelters will provide 3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). Snacks and coffee are not always available.
    • You will be asked to register when you arrive at the shelter. You can come and go as you please but we ask that you let shelter staff know if you are leaving so that they can keep track of how many people they have staying with them.
    • Please bring blankets, sheets or sleeping bags for bedding and warmth.
    • Please remember you will be sharing tight quarters with a lot of people. Be courteous and kind. Minimize loud noise after 8 p.m. Bring earplugs if you wish to listen to a radio or computer.
    1. Clothing for 3-7 days
    2. Pillows
    3. Blankets or sleeping bags
    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.

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Shelters

All Hurricane Dorian shelters are closed.

Pender County CodeRed

Pender County is pleased to announce our new Emergency Notification System, CodeRed.
CodeRed enables the Pender County Office of Emergency Management to alert the citizens, of Pender County, of any impending emergency situations in their area.

Please use the button below to Opt-In (register) for this service. In addition, you may also logon to your account if you have already registered.

Emergency Notification System

Who to call?

Emergency

9-1-1

Emergency Management
Public Information
Telephone: (910) 259-1210
Four County Electric
(888) 368-7289
Duke Energy
(800) 419-6356
PCU Water/Sewer Emergencies
(910) 471-1041
FEMA
1-800-621-3362

Pender County Emergency Management Facebook Updates

Deer Season Safety

As the daylight hours get shorter and deer become more active, the N.C. Department of Transportation is reminding drivers to stay alert and pay extra attention.

Last year, there were nearly 19,000 animal related crashes across the state. Over the past three years, those collisions have killed nine people, injured about 3,000 and caused more than $146 million in damages.

To keep you and your family safe, remember to:
• Slow down in posted deer crossing areas and heavily wooded areas, especially during the late afternoon or early evening;
• Don’t swerve to avoid a collision. This could cause you to lose control or veer into oncoming traffic; and
• Deer often travel in groups, so assume if one crosses the road in front of you there may be others following.
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FEMA grants Governor Cooper’s request for federal disaster Public Assistance for more counties

12 additional counties become eligible for Public Assistance reimbursement

RALEIGH: Governor Cooper announced today that FEMA has approved his request to add 12 more counties to those eligible to receive reimbursements for Hurricane Dorian response and recovery expenses.

“This approval means more towns and counties will be able to use federal funds to cover their storm response and clean-up costs so Dorian will not put their local budgets in a bind,” said Governor Cooper.

FEMA Public Assistance funding is now available to local governments, state agencies and certain private nonprofits in these counties: Beaufort, Camden, Columbus, Greene, Hoke, Lenoir, Onslow, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Pitt, Robeson and Wayne.

The 12 additional counties bring the total to 26 North Carolina counties designated for Public Assistance as part of the Hurricane Dorian major disaster declaration. Brunswick, Carteret, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Hyde, Jones, New Hanover, Pamlico, Pender, Sampson, Tyrrell, and Washington counties were included in President Trump’s initial major disaster declaration on Oct. 4.

Public Assistance is a cost-sharing program to reimburse eligible disaster-related debris removal, emergency protective measures and the repair or restoration of public facilities such as roads, bridges, water control facilities, buildings, equipment, public utilities, parks and recreational facilities.
Governor Cooper may request additional counties be added to the Public Assistance declaration as more information is gathered.
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Important announcement!
Free Pesticide Disposal TOMORROW

NC Cooperative Extension in Pender County will be hosting a pesticide collection day tomorrow, October 15, 2019 between 10 AM and 2 PM. This collection event is held in conjunction with the NC Department of Agriculture Pesticide Division staff. The goal is to get unwanted and unused pesticides out of garages, storage sheds, barns or warehouses and out of the environment.

Homeowners, farmers, landscapers or any other business entity that has unused and unwanted pesticides sitting in storage can bring those containers to the Agriculture Building, 801 S Walker St, Burgaw, NC 28425. The pesticide collection trucks will be set up in the driveway behind the Agriculture Building. This is open to all NC residents but is done every other year in Pender County.

Any type of pesticide - insecticide, herbicide, fungicide, etc., can be brought in. Pesticide containers must be labeled, preferably with the original label, so that the product can be classified and put in shipping drums for transport by licensed haulers to incinerators. It is recommended that small containers be transported inside close-able plastic bags to prevent spills in vehicles.

Anyone with large containers or large quantities of pesticides that need to be disposed of should call the NC Department of Agriculture Pesticide Section to discuss on-site pick up. That number is (919) 733-3556.

For more information call the Pender County Extension office at (910) 259-1235.
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Attention all Pender County Utilities Consumers. The Utilities department are aware of the reduction and possible loss of water pressure in the water system in western Pender County. This includes but not limited to the US Highway 421 area, Long Creek and Rocky Point areas. Crews are working to resolve the lost of water pressure at this time. Please assist in conserving water when ever possible until the water pressure can be restored.

If you are experiencing water pressure issues, please call the emergency utilities telephone number at 910-471-1041. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

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Pender County Hurricane Dorian Posts

Pender County system pressure advisory rescinded September 7, 2019

No longer necessary to boil water BURGAW – Pender County Utilities rescinded the Sept. 6, system pressure advisory issued to its water customers. It is no longer necessary to boil water. “Bacteriological analysis results of drinking water samples collected after completion of the water system repair show no coliform bacteria present,” said Kenny Keel, Pender […]

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