Columbus County residents learn about disaster preps, recovery

WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — This spring, we’ve told you about how places like Wilmington and Oak Island are preparing for hurricane season. Saturday, Columbus County residents gathered in Whiteville to learn how they can prepare for the worst.

The Hurricane Expo was the first of its kind, organized by Columbus County Disaster Response. The organization gathered agencies like the American Red Cross, North Carolina Emergency Management and more to talk to people about disaster preparation and recovery.

There were also resources available for people who are still recovering from the flooding of Hurricane Matthew.

“Lots of times, Columbus County is more heavily impacted by the flooding than it is by wind damage,” CCDR president Kip Godwin said. “This is just a great opportunity to get the word out about various ways to prepare, not just for hurricanes, because we have to think about tornadoes and fires and other disasters that people have to deal with.”

CCDR hopes to make the expo an annual event.

For more on how you can be prepared for storms this season, you can watch the 2018 WWAY Hurricane Special.

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