Pender County to host hurricane preparedness drive-thru expo this weekend

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Flooding after Hurricane Florence in Pender County (Photo: WWAY)

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Pender Long Term Recovery Group will host a Hurricane Preparedness Drive-Thru Expo this weekend at two locations.

Pender LTRG encourages you to prepare for the hurricane season, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The hurricane preparedness event will be a drive-thru pick-up with two locations within Pender County.

Drive-thru locations are Topsail Baptist Church in Hampstead, 18885 US Highway 17 North, from 9 – 11 a.m., and in Burgaw at the Gateway Community Church, 416 W Bridgers St., from 12 – 2 p.m.

Supplies to be given will include Hurricane Preparedness literature, partner rebuilding resources, ‘Build Your Own Go Kit’ supplies, buckets, and more. Available while supplies last, one distribution load per car, first 125 cars at each location will receive a box of non-perishable foods for your go kit.

“The Pender LTRG is a long-term recovery group that formed as the result of Hurricane Florence,” states Olivia Dawson, Pender Long Term Recovery Group Co-Chair. “We look forward to serving residents of Pender County assisting with ways to be prepared for the possibility of a next hurricane.”

“We want Pender residents to ‘Be Prepared, Make a Plan, & Stay Connected’,” states Michelle Green, Pender Long Term Recovery Group Project Coordinator. “Since we have to prepare the community a little different this year, we thought we would follow similar groups with a drive-thru process with two locations to serve as many residents as possible.”

The Pender LTRG is composed of non-profits, faith-based organizations, and charitable organizations who work in union to meet the unmet needs of Pender County Residents impacted by disaster. The Pender LTRG works in collaboration with other organizations to assess needs, offer resources, and ensure that residents are assisted.