Garland approves hazard plan

By: By Chase Jordan -

GARLAND — Town officials approved a safety plan to ensure residents receive help during emergency situations.

After a public hearing Tuesday, the Garland Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution for the Sampson/Duplin Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan. The Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 states that local governments are required to receive financial assistance. Prior to the meeting, the town was out of compliance.

Plans will be submitted to the North Carolina Emergency Management and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). According to a resolution, certain parts of Sampson County are vulnerable to floods, high winds, heat waves and severe winter weather.

Communities throughout Sampson and Duplin counties have certain actions to handle hazards or man-made disasters. Along with Sampson, some of the other cities involved include Clinton, Newton Grove, Salemburg and Roseboro.

More information about the plan is available at

Community Day set for fall

Planning is underway for Community Day in October.

The town is currently seeking sponsors for the annual tradition. For more than three decades, it was hosted by the Rotary. When the organization lost its charter in 2013, it took a hiatus. But it returned several years ago under and is now known as community Day.

Some of the highlights include a parade, vendors, games and other entertainment activities for attendees.

For more information or to assist with planning, contact Connie Lee at 910-705-1156 or Veronica Thomas at 910-590-9411.

Garland officials review plans during a meeting. officials review plans during a meeting.

By Chase Jordan

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