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Vol. 12, No. 6
A Shoreline Community, Pine Knoll Shores, N.C.
By Jason Baker, Pine Knoll Shores Fire Chief
Hurricane season is here, and it is time to review what we need to do to be ready in
the event of a storm in our area. Being prepared can go far in minimizing damage and
avoiding disaster. The time to make your preparations is before they are needed; don’t
wait until a storm is approaching to take action. While you may have heard some of
these reminders before, it is good to review them to avoid getting caught unprepared.
Gather important paperwork: insurance documents (property, life and health),
social security cards and basic bank records. Make sure everything is current and place
your paperwork in waterproof packaging in a backpack and keep it in a safe place
where you can easily find it and take it with you should you evacuate. Should the worst
occur and you incur damage to your house or property, you will have the necessary
paperwork to begin the recovery process.
Have your hurricane re-entry pass and keep it handy. If you do not have one,
please come to the public safety building and speak to Natalie Gibble, me or any of the
firefighters to have one issued to you. You must have this pass to return to the island
after an evacuation.
Have enough food on hand for 96 hours. Stock up on nonperishable food items
and water, and don’t forget supplies for your pets. Place these foods in a box or crate in
a safe place.
Check your supply of medications. Be sure that you have adequate supplies
of prescription medications to last if you are evacuated or are unable to get to the
pharmacy for a few days. This, too, should be stored in a safe, dry place.
Make sure your basic emergency kit is up to date. Be sure you have fresh batteries in
your flashhghts and battery-operated radio and that your first-aid kit is well stocked. In
addition, it is a good idea to keep your cell phone fully charged in case of a power outage.
Keep your car topped off with fuel. Well in advance of a storm’s landfall, top off
your tank. Evacuation routes can be jammed with traffic, and a full tank will ease your
anxiety as you make your way away from danger. Also, if you choose to shelter in place
for the storm, it may be a while before gas stations have their power restored.
Keep some cash on hand in case ATMs are not working. Just as mentioned above
for gas stations, banks may be without power for a period of time.
Don’t wait until the last minute to prepare your home for the storm. We have all
seen the mad rush to purchase plywood and other supplies to protect homes. Decide
what you may need ahead of time and make your purchases early. If you need help to
bring in-patio furniture and other items, be sure to make arrangements for that before
the last minute as well.
Register with the Carteret County CodeRED communication service that allows
the Emergency Management team to notify citizens about emergency situations. To
register, visit carteretcountync.gov/138/Emergency-Services and click on the CodeRED
box at the bottom. Direct all questions about CodeRED to the Emergency Services
Department at 222-5841.
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The Pine Knoll Shores Radio Station broadcasts 24 hours a day
with weather and emergency info.
EMERGENCY - CALL 911
ECC 726-1911 • PUBLIC SAFETY 247-2474
PKS Garden Club Receives Awards
The Pine Knoll Shores Garden Club has received two prestigious awards in
connection with the work surrounding the installation of the Blue Star Memorial
located at the corner of Highway 58 and Pine Knoll Boulevard. One award was
presented by The Garden Club of North Carolina, and the other was from the South
Atlantic Region of National Garden Clubs, which includes North Carolina, South
Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia.
Pine Knoll Shores Garden Club Corresponding Secretary Karen Zaenker (right) and Emerald
Isle Garden Club President Tula Satterfield with awards won by their respective garden clubs
at the 2017 annual meeting of The Garden Club of North Carolina.—p/?oto by Paula Hartman, Blue
star Memorial Chairman, Roadside Development
At the annual meeting of the North Carolina state Garden Club in April, Pine Knoll
Shores Garden Club Corresponding Secretary Karen Zaenker represented the many
club members who worked countless hours on the project and accepted two awards
related to the town’s Blue Star Memorial. The club placed first in the overall process of
putting together the Blue Star Memorial, and was awarded the Rowena Sewell Blue Star
Memorial Highway Award from the state Garden Club. In competition with garden
clubs from five states, the town’s Garden Club also received the first place Blue Star
Memorial Landscaping award from the South Atlantic Region.
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