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Pender County Responds to GenX
Posted: 6/20/2017 2:44:00 PM

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Prepare for Hurricane Season Now
Posted: 5/9/2017 10:54:00 AM
Local Women’s Group Runs to Break the Ice on Mental Health and Substance Abuse
Posted: 2/14/2017 9:50:00 AM

Team Inspire, a group of local women bound together by the desire to help families dealing with mental health and substance abuse issues, will run from Roanoke Rapids to Surf City, North Carolina this spring. The 170+more than 170-mile trek will begin on May 4. The group plans to cover more than 50 miles per day, arriving in Surf City May 7. A finish party is set for May 7, from 2 - 5 p.m. at Soundside Park. 

The women have been inspired by the original cross-country Icebreaker Run from California to Washington DC last May, with the purpose of bringing substance abuse and mental health awareness to the communities along the route.

Distribution center needs volunteers to deliver items
Posted: 10/25/2016 9:13:00 AM

The Pender County Office of Emergency Management commended the residents of Pender County for generous donations to help flood victims along the Black River Basin.

“Residents have been generous,” said Tom Collins, Pender County Emergency Manager. “Pastor Ted Mercer at Gateway Community Church needs volunteers to distribute donations in Atkinson and near the homes of our flood victims.”

Recovery safety: Use caution
Posted: 10/16/2016 11:36:00 AM

Press Release

Oct. 16, 2016
For Immediate Release
Contact: County Manager Randell Woodruff, 910-259-1200

Recovery safety: Use caution

PENDER COUNTY –  With cleanup from Hurricane Matthew underway, Pender County EMS and Fire and the Pender County Office of Emergency Management urge residents to use caution.

“This is the time when we receive the most emergency calls,” said Woody Sullivan, director of Pender EMS & Fire, Inc. “We respond to chainsaw accidents, carbon monoxide poisonings from generators, and anaphylactic shock from bees and fire ants.”

“Wear protective clothing when working with a chainsaw,” said Tom Collins, Pender County Emergency Manager. “Wear goggles or safety glasses, hard toe shoes and leather gloves.” 

Sullivan said never place a running generator inside a home or garage.

“This results in carbon monoxide poisoning,” said Sullivan. “Always read the manual before operating a chainsaw or a generator.”

Fire ants are a hazard after flooding. The ants form a mound to protect the queen. The mound of ants floats on the water. Fire ants bit, causing a fierce reaction or apoplectic shock. Bees too are stirred by storms and flooding.

“Fire ants and bee stings can send people into anaphylactic shock,” said Collins.

“Be mindful of the equipment used in clean-up,” said Collins. “And be mindful of insects. Wear insect repellant with DEET.”

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.

Take precautions with flooded wells
Posted: 10/14/2016 9:31:00 PM

Take precautions with flooded wells


PENDER COUNTY – Pender County Health Department and Tom Collins, the director of Pender County Emergency Management urges residents with well water to thoroughly inspect wells and pumps.

 “If your well has been flooded, you need test your water,” said Collins. “Wells in the flooded areas may be contaminated.”

 The Pender County Health Department will offer free well testing.

 “You should not drink or bathe with the well water until your water has been tested,” said Collins.

 According to Cliff Treyans, the National Groundwater Association, if a well has been flooded, do not drink the water or wash with it, but use an alternative supply such as bottled water.

Pender County Department of Health and Human Services offering assistance to flood victims
Posted: 10/12/2016 5:38:00 PM

Pender County residents who receive food stamps  who were impacted by the flood may receive assistance from Pender County Health and Human Services. 

“Flood victims who lost food purchased with food stamps due to flooding or power outages should visit the DSS for assistance,” said Carolyn Moser, director, health and human services.   “They may be eligible to receive replacement vouchers from the county.”

Animal evacuations along Black River and Northeast Cape Fear River
Posted: 10/12/2016 4:41:00 PM

Evacuees who need to relocate their horses and livestock should contact the Pender County Emergency Operations Center, according to the Pender County Office of Emergency Management.

“Residents in the flood-prone areas along the Black River Basin are under a mandatory evacuation,” said Tom Collins, Pender County Emergency Manager. “Residents with horses and livestock who need to be moved to a safe location should call us immediately. We are working with rescue networks to assist.”

Road closures
Posted: 10/12/2016 4:38:00 PM

Currently 26 roads are closed in Pender County, according to the Pender County Office of Emergency Management. 

“We know more roads will close,” said Tom Collins, Pender County Emergency Manager. “Flooding in the Black River basin and the Northeast Cape Fear River closed major arteries, including NC Hwy. 53 and NC Hwy. 210.”

The following roads are closed: Aviator Lane, Englishtown Road, Meadow Beauty, Croomsbridge Road, Rockfish Lake Road, Old Maple Hill Road, Shelter Creek Drive, Willard Railroad Street, NC Hwy 53, Beatty’s Bridge Road, Whitestocking Road, Morgan Road, Battleground Road, Brinson Road, Crooked Run Road, Buckle Road, Canetuck Road, Heading Bluff Road, NC Hwy 210, Calidonia Creek, Shane Pridgen Road, Shaw Hwy, and Hwy 53 at Moore Hill.

Beware of scammers
Posted: 10/12/2016 3:16:00 PM

 Regional flooding and debris from Hurricane Matthew may bring a tide of scam artists who promise home repairs. Scam artists will leave property owners high and dry.

“In previous weather events, we have heard reports of home owners who paid deposits on materials and the contractor never returned to complete the work,” said Randell Woodruff, Pender County manager. “We have heard reports where contractors charged outrageous fees for trimming broken limbs and not cleaning away the debris.”

Pender County officials urge residents to beware of scam artists in the aftermath of the historic floods in the county.

“Local chambers of commerce in Burgaw and the Greater Topsail area represent local reputable businesses,” said Chuck Strickland, the director of the Greater Topsail Area Chamber of Commerce. “Residents requiring home repair can find contractors on our websites or on our downloadable app.”

Residents are also urged to be alert to scam artists who claim to be gathering donations for flood victims. Residents who want to donate should give through churches, civic organizations, and to the Gateway Community Church, 416 W. Bridger St. in Burgaw. The church is serving as a distribution center. For details call Pastor Ted Mercer at 910-604-0071.

Residents are urged to report scam artists to local law enforcement agencies.

After a Flood...
Posted: 10/12/2016 7:45:00 AM

After a Flood | Floodwater in Your Home | Recovery Process ...

Mandatory evacuation for Black River Basin in Pender County
Posted: 10/12/2016 7:10:00 AM

The Pender County Office of Emergency Management has issued a mandatory evacuation for the Black River Basin.

“The Black River is rising 3-5 inches per hour,” said Tom Collins, director of Pender County Emergency Management. “This is a mandatory evacuation. There are homes along the Black River that are already under water.”

“Residents west of Moores Creek National Battlefield, including all roads connecting to Canetuck Road, need to leave their homes and businesses now.”

The evacuation area also includes Borough Road and adjoining roads, Battleground Road and west of Blueberry Farm Road, Beattys Bridges Road and Ivanhoe Road.

“Evacuees may seek shelter at Malpass Corner Elementary or the Burgaw Middle School,” said Collins.

Malpass Elementary School is located at 4992 Malpass Corner Rd., Burgaw. The American Red Cross and Pender Health and Human Services are coordinating shelters. The shelter at Malpass Elementary School will open at 3 p.m. The shelter in Burgaw Middle School, 500 S. Wright St. in Burgaw, is a pet friendly shelter. Evacuees with pets should go to Burgaw Middle with proof of rabies.

“Residents should heed the mandatory evacuation,” said Collins. “The water is rising fast. We are looking a record flood levels, dating back to 1945.”

Pender County is under a State of Emergency.

Historic flooding expected along Pender County rivers
Posted: 10/10/2016 7:05:00 PM

Residents along the Northeast Cape Fear River and the Black River are urged to take precautions in the event of flooding.

“This is urgent. Flooding along the Black River is going to be historic,” said Tom Collins, Pender County Emergency Manager. “Residents in areas that are subject to flooding need to take precautions now.”

Some areas along the Black River are already flooding. The Black River is rising faster than the Northeast Cape Fear River, at a rate higher than Hurricane Floyd.

According to the Pender County Emergency Management Office, water is rising on the Northeast Cape Fear River.

County offices open Monday, Oct. 10
Posted: 10/9/2016 9:39:00 PM

Pender County employees will report to work Monday for full operation on a normal schedule.

“Pender County government offices will be open Monday to provide services to our citizens,” said Randell Woodruff, county manager.

Woodruff said he understands a few of the county employees were impacted by Hurricane Matthew. He said employees who are without power or storm-related issues may utilize their personal leave.

“I commend our Emergency Management Office staff, the sheriff’s department, State Highway Patrol, American Red Cross volunteers, Pender EMS and Fire, and our county employees who manned the Emergency Operations Center during Hurricane Matthew,” said Woodruff. “They served our citizens in a time of disaster.”

Pender County shelters open, accepting voluntary evacuees
Posted: 10/8/2016 11:05:00 PM

The Pender County Office of Emergency Management, with the cooperation of the Pender County Health and Human Services and American Red Cross, opened two shelters at Topsail Elementary and Burgaw Middle schools.

“We are pleased residents are utilizing our shelters,” said Tom Collins, Pender County Emergency Manager. “As of now we have 32 occupants in Topsail and 87 in Burgaw. We anticipate as the rain and wind increase more people will voluntarily evacuate.”

The shelters have a capacity of more than 150 per location. Coastal residents and residents in flood-prone areas may evacuate today. Residents in unsecured manufactured housing may also seek.

Pender County officials: Stay home
Posted: 10/8/2016 10:36:00 PM

The Pender County Office of Emergency Management urges residents to stay off the roads tonight.

“Trees have toppled. Power lines are down. There are numerous road closures and high water on the roadways,” said Tom Collins, Pender County Emergency Manager. “We need everyone to stay off the roads.”

The Pender County EMS and Fire have currently suspended action due to treacherous roads on the west side of Pender County.

Pender County to open shelters
Posted: 10/7/2016 3:19:00 PM

The Pender County Office of Emergency Management will open two shelters today. Topsail Elementary and Burgaw Middle schools will open at 6 p.m.

“We are continuing to track Hurricane Matthew,” said Tom Collins, Pender County Emergency Manager. “We are working with Pender County Social Services and American Red Cross to provide shelters.”

The Pender County Office of Emergency Management recommends residents seek shelter. Residents adjacent to coastal waters and in flood-prone areas should seek shelter. Residents in unsecured manufactured housing may also seek shelters at Topsail Elementary School or Burgaw Middle School. 

Voluntary evacuations are underway in Surf City and Topsail Beach.

Burgaw Middle School is a pet-friendly shelter.





Pender County Health Department
803 S. Walker Street
Burgaw, NC 28425
Hours: Appointments and Walk-Ins available 8 a.m.-11 a.m. and 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Hampstead Annex
15060 US Highway 17
Hampstead, NC 28443
Hours:  2nd and 4th  Wednesday of each month
12 p.m.-4 p.m.
(Immunization Clinic)
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