Last year in the weeks following Hurricane Ivan, a Southport woman died in a house fire. Her only escape was blocked by the plywood on her windows.
Thomas Drive's Fire Chief Fred Walker doesn't want anyone else to die that way. That's why he and other firefighters are touring beach neighborhoods urging people to take down the plywood and passing out safety literature for people who aren't home.
Dozens of beach homeowners still have shutters up three weeks after Dennis swept through.
Chief Walker says the department is also helping the elderly and medically needy take down their hurricane shutters.
If you need help you can call the Thomas Drive Fire Department at 236-2266.