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Press Release

Oct.7, 2016

For Immediate Release

Contact:County Manager Randell Woodruff, 910-259-1200

Pender County to open shelters

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

“Weare continuing to track Hurricane Matthew,” said Tom Collins, Pender CountyEmergency 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.

According to the Pender County Sheriff’s Department residents with pets should bring their own pet food to Burgaw Middle. The animal control department will require proof of rabies vaccinations. If proof is not available, the sheriff’s department will provide rabies vaccinations for $5 per pet. Rabies protection is mandated before a pet is admitted into the Burgaw shelter.

Pender County residents opting for local shelters should bring food, medications, and supplies for two to three days.

The Pender County Health Department suggests evacuees bring a three-day supply of food.  In most cases it is essential to bring all components of your Emergency Kit to an emergency shelter.

Your Emergency Kit should include daily necessities, medications, and other supplies that will help you survive an emergency situation and potentially live on your own for a minimum of three days. Resources can suddenly become scarce in the midst of a disaster and your Emergency Kit should include items that get you through your unique daily routine. Recommended items include: medicines and/prescription drugs including an extra supply of required prescription medications for at least two weeks. Bring extra eyeglasses, hearing aid batteries, blankets, pillows, clothing, rain gear,sturdy shoes, toiletries, moisture wipes, flashlights and extra batteries, cash in small bills, a fully charged cell phone and items for children and pets. Pet carriers are recommended.

“We anticipate flooding and power outages,” said Collins. “If residents choose to remain in their homes, they too need to have at least three days of food and an emergency kit.”

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.

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