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PENDER COUNTY (WWAY) — Southeastern North Carolina feels the impact of almost every hurricane that occurs along the east coast. For Pender County Emergency Management holding a hurricane expo was important for everyone.

“We got a lot of new people that just moved in, and we want to push information out to those to understand that might not have ever experienced a hurricane, and that what we had we had last week was very minor,” Pender County Emergency Management Director Tom Collins said.

Hurricane Arthur brought tropical storm conditions to the area, but only produced minor damage.

“We dodged a huge bullet with Arthur,” Collins said. “It could have been a whole lot worst.”

Expert or not, the force that hurricanes bring with them is clear.

“We have to be worried about hurricanes, because you could get severely hurt,” expo attendee Nolan Pfaff said.

Representatives from Pender County EMS, the National Weather Service, Hampstead Community Service Response Team, along with Pender Memorial Hospital expressed the importance of working together during an extreme weather event.

“We want to be your hospital when you think about hurricanes,” said Ann Pirt, Emergency Management Coordinator for Pender Memorial Hospital. “We want to be the place you think about that is keeping you safe, keeping our staff safe and keeping your family members safe.”

Organizers plan to make this an annual event in hopes everyone will be prepared for whenever the next hurricane hits.


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