Pender County nonprofit offers resources at disaster-related expo | #specialneeds | #kids


Flooding took over an Ogden neighborhood during Hurricane Dorian. (Port City Daily/File)

PENDER COUNTY — As storms, such Tropical Storm Elsa earlier in the week, possibly skirt our coast this hurricane season, being prepared to brace for natural disasters is top-of-mind for many. The Pender Long Term Recovery Group (PLTRG) is planning a 2021 Disaster Preparedness Expo on July 17, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., at the Joint Community Center in Rocky Point to provide resources that keep people one step ahead of dealing with tropical storm alerts and hurricane watches and warnings.

According to co-chair Olivia Dawson, the group started after Hurricane Florence hit southeastern North Carolina in September 2018. PLTRG consists of various nonprofits, faith-based organizations, and charitable organizations who work in tandem to assess and assist locals in need, including with recovery and cleanup after a storm.

“The expo will be a great opportunity for Pender County residents to get information on disaster preparedness and sign up for CodeRed Alerts, while adding some items to their disaster to-go kit,” PLTRG coordinator Michelle Green said in a press release.

The expo will offer information on hurricanes, as well as supplies (while they last), free diapers and adult incontinence products from the Diaper Bank of the Lower Cape Fear.

A wills clinic also will be set up by Legal Aid of North Carolina (advanced registration suggested). “People impacted by Hurricane Florence will be able to speak to an attorney to get assistance to create a will, healthcare and financial powers of attorney, and be more prepared for their family,” according to the release.

The Salvation Army will be onsite, offering snacks and hot dogs, and atendees will have a chance to win various raffle items.

The event is hosted in partnership with the Disability Resource Center, Pender County Emergency Management, and the Pender County Health Department — the latter of whom will answer inquiries about Covid vaccines and the special needs registry.

More information about the free expo can be found online.


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