Keeping you safe during the snowstorm and other weather events is not free. Counties have to pay for the equipment, materials, and of course the man power. Often times people don't stop and think what something may cost when they are in a time of need. The fact is that the emergency services used this past week cost money and can affect a county's budget.
From Hurricane Earl in the summer, to heavy floodwaters in September, to winter snowstorms; no doubt Pender County has seen its share of weather events recently.
"It can be a burden on the county," said Pender County Emergency Management Director, Tom Collins.
Collins said despite the string of storms Pender County is doing well financially when it comes to funding Emergency Management. He said the county budgets for incidents like the ones seen the past several months.
"We're very mindful about it," said Collins. "We try to keep up with our cost on a day to day basis and try not to go over that cost but when you have an event that impacts everyone in the county it does require money to do it."
Collins said a reserve fund is in place as well and would be used if needed.
"We put aside so much money, it's not a great deal of money but it's at least some start up money to get us going if we do have a major incident or declaration that requires us to spend a lot of money," said Collins.
Pender County officials say this week's storm did not cost the county much, besides paying overtime to employees.