09/10/18

Updated Information from Dare County Emergency Management

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For Immediate Release

September 10, 2018, 5:35 p.m.
Contact: Dare County Emergency Management, 252.475.5655

Updated Information from Dare County Emergency Management

The mandatory evacuation for visitors and residents remains in place for Hatteras Island. Traffic leaving the island is moving slowly due to heavy traffic and ocean overwash in some areas, but all roads and bridges remain open and there are no plans for closures.

The mandatory evacuation for visitors and residents remains in place for Hatteras Island. Traffic leaving the island is moving slowly due to heavy traffic and ocean overwash in some areas, but all roads and bridges remain open and there are no plans for closures.

The mandatory evacuation for all other areas of Dare County will become effective at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 11. Visitors should evacuate as early as possible, taking all of their belongings and following instructions from their property management company.

Dare County Emergency Management advises residents and property owners making final storm preparations that there are currently no restrictions for leaving or entering the county, and none will be implemented before Wednesday afternoon.

NC Emergency Management has announced the opening of a shelter for Dare County residents beginning Tuesday, September 11 at 2:00 p.m. at Knightdale High School  located at 1001 Bryan Caulk Lane, Knightdale, NC 27545. This will be a pet friendly shelter and Dare County residents must show a valid ID with a Dare County address for entry. All pet friendly shelters require vaccination records for each pet. While in the shelter, owners are responsible for the feeding, care, clean-up, and behavior of their pets.

Dare County Public Works will collect residential trash on Tuesday, September 11 in  Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Manteo, Wanchese, East Lake, Stumpy Point, and Manns Harbor.  Regular trash collection will resume on Monday, September 17.

Dare County Administrative Offices will close at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, September 11 and remain closed until further notice. The Dare County Emergency Operations Center is activated for the storm and can be reached at 252.475.5655.

All Dare County Parks & Rec programs are cancelled until further notice.The Baum Center, Family Recreation Park, the Dare County Center and the Manteo Youth Center will be closed beginning Tuesday, September 11 until further notice.

The Dare County Clerk of Courts Office will be closed Tuesday, September 11 through Friday, September 14.

All District Court sessions are cancelled beginning Tuesday, September 11 through Friday, September 14.  The Clerk of Courts Office is in the process of continuing all cases and notice of new court dates will be mailed Monday afternoon. Anyone who does not receive a notice by Friday, September 21 should contact the Dare County Clerk of Courts Office to receive their new court date.

All Dare County Schools will be closed on September 11 through the remainder of the week.  Cape Hatteras Elementary and Cape Hatteras Secondary Schools released early today in response to the mandatory evacuation.  Additionally, the Board of Education meeting that was scheduled for tomorrow evening has been cancelled.

National Park Service

The Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial have suspended visitor services and closed all of its visitor facilities at 12:00 p.m. Monday.

Town of Nags Head

The Town of Nags Head is making multiple passes for trash and recycling collection on South Virginia Dare Trail and South Old Oregon Inlet Road, emptying any containers that are placed out for collection. All regularly scheduled collections on Tuesday and Wednesday will not be impacted; however, Wednesday, September 12 will be the last day that trash and recycling will be collected, until further notice. In addition, the bulk item/brush collection yard will be closed until further notice.

The Dowdy Park Farmer’s Market and the Mama’s Black Sheep concert, both scheduled for Thursday, September 13, have been cancelled and will be rescheduled.

Town of Manteo

Curbside recycling will be picked up on Tuesday, September 11.

Commercial AND residential solid waste pickup will be done on Wednesday, September 12.

The Planning Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, September 11 has been cancelled and their next meeting will be held October 9.

Cutoffs for water and sewer account non-payments will be delayed until after re-entry.

The next scheduled update from Dare County Emergency Management will be issued Tuesday morning, September 11. Visit www.darenc.com for updated information, videos, and relevant links to official sources.To receive notifications directly from Dare County Emergency Management, visit www.darenc.com/emergencyalerts and follow @DareCountyEM on Twitter.


09/10/18

State of Emergency Issued and Mandatory Evacuation for Residents and Visitors Ordered

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For Immediate Release

September 10, 2018, 8:51 a.m.
Contact: Dare County Emergency Management, 252.475.5655

State of Emergency Issued and Mandatory Evacuation for Residents and Visitors Ordered

 

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A state of emergency has been issued and a mandatory evacuation order for all visitors and residents on Hatteras Island will be in effect beginning Monday, September 10 at 12:00 p.m. This includes all areas of Hatteras Island including the villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras Village.

A mandatory evacuation for residents and visitors in other areas of Dare County goes into effect beginning Tuesday, September 11 at 7:00 a.m. This includes the towns of Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, Manteo; Roanoke Island; and the Dare County mainland.

The Dare County Control Group met Monday morning and has determined that a mandatory evacuation for all visitors and residents is necessary to ensure safety.  Hurricane Florence is currently projected to be a category 3 or 4 storm at landfall in southeastern North Carolina and may bring life-threatening storm surge to Dare County, along with tropical storm force winds, heavy rains and the potential for tornadoes. Even a small northward shift in the track of the storm could bring devastating impacts to our area.

Everyone in Dare County is encouraged to evacuate as soon as possible regardless of the established time frames. Visitors should take all personal belongings and follow instructions from their property management company.

Those evacuating to areas north of Dare County are encouraged to consider traveling westbound on Highway 64 to Interstate 95. Evacuating through the rural areas to the west of Dare County will help avoid traffic backups and congestion that may prolong evacuation by traveling northbound through the Hampton Roads portion of Virginia. Be sure to check the weather forecast for travel conditions for the route you will be traveling and for your destination.

The state of emergency includes restrictions on swimming due to dangerous surf conditions and strong rip currents along the beaches. Everyone must stay out of the water as it is unsafe for even the most experienced swimmers.

Bulletins will periodically be issued by the Joint Information Center and the next scheduled update will be no later than 6:00 p.m. Monday. Visit www.darenc.com for updated information, videos, and relevant links to official sources.

To receive notifications directly from Dare County Emergency Management, visit www.darenc.com/emergencyalerts and follow @DareCountyEM on Twitter.

Due to the current state of emergency, reentry passes are not being issued by Dare County Emergency Management. Non-resident property owners are reminded that permits with an April 1, 2018 expiration date remain valid through December 30. Permanent residents use a valid driver’s license with a Dare County address for reentry. A current tax bill or parcel data sheet with matching current government issued ID will also suffice. To review guidelines, visit www.darenc.com/reentry.

 

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Dare County Emergency Management is the lead role in preparing for and directing response to major emergencies and disasters , both natural and man-made within Dare County. The Department of Emergency Management is the local community based equivalent of the NC Division of Emergency Management Agency at the State level and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at the Federal level. It works closely with all agencies (public & private) before, during and after emergencies/disasters to provide the coordination of comprehensive protection of lives and property.

Dare County Emergency Management has a full-time staff that receives specialized training in many varied fields. Like other public safety officials, staff members serve the community 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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09/28/17

Unrestricted Access to Hatteras Island Begins at 1:00 p.m. Today

Post Date: 09/28/2017, 9:15 a.m.
Contact: Dare County Emergency Management
Phone: 252.475.5655

Unrestricted Access to Hatteras Island Begins at 1:00 p.m. Today

Beginning at 1:00 p.m. today (Thursday, September 28), there will be unrestricted access to Hatteras Island. At that time, visitors may return to all Hatteras Island villages including Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras Village. Be sure to call your accommodations provider in advance to confirm reservations and check-in details.

There are still pockets of sand and water remaining along Highway 12 and on some side roads. It will be necessary for NCDOT to maintain traffic control points along portions of Highway 12 to enable crews to continue working to clear roads. This will limit traffic to one lane in some areas. Expect delays and proceed with extreme caution.

All travelers must realize that the water on roadways contains salt and may cause damage to vehicles. A state of emergency remains in effect and includes motor vehicle speed restrictions on flooded roads.

Dangerous surf and rip currents will remain in the area through the weekend. Stay out of the ocean – conditions are unsafe for even the most experienced swimmers. For updated forecasts from the National Weather Service, visit www.weather.gov/mhx.

 

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09/27/17

Tropical Storm Warning Remains in Effect for Dare County

Post Date: 09/27/2017, 2:58 p.m.
Contact: Dare County Emergency Management
Phone: 252.475.5655

Tropical Storm Warning Remains in Effect for Dare County

While Hurricane Maria is now moving offshore and away from the Outer Banks, a Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for Dare County and a Storm Surge Warning remains in effect for the southernmost villages of Hatteras Island, including Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras Village.

The mandatory evacuation for visitors on Hatteras Island remains in effect. County officials will continue to closely monitor conditions and coordinate with NCDOT to determine when road conditions will allow reentry for visitors.

“NCDOT is making excellent progress clearing sand and water from Highway 12, but the next high tide cycle is expected to bring additional ocean overwash and soundside flooding that will create hazardous driving conditions in some areas,” said Emergency Management Director Drew Pearson. “While we all want visitors to return to Hatteras Island as quickly as possible, safety is the top priority.”

For residents already on Hatteras Island, please use caution, slow down and remember that salt water causes damage to vehicles. Proceed with caution.

The next update regarding reentry for visitors to Hatteras Island will be issued no later than 11:00 a.m. on Thursday morning, September 28 following a meeting of the Dare County Control Group.

Dare County Public Works has cancelled garbage collection for Hatteras Island customers on Thursday, September 28.

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09/27/17

Hurricane Maria – Wednesday morning update

Wednesday, September 27 9:00am

We have seen ocean overwash and soundside flooding from Hurricane Maria on Hatteras Island, but NCDOT reports that while there is sand and water on the roads, no roads are closed at this time.

Storm conditions are expected to continue today and we expect more overwash and flooding as the storm passes and winds shift. Our offices remain closed for the safety of our staff.

Dare County’s mandatory evacuation order for visitors is still in place and we do not yet know when that will be released. We will post updates as they become available.

Continue to monitor the resources provided below:

For the latest on Dare County’s evacuation order and information on re-entry:

For travel conditions on NC 12 and Ferry Status:

For weather updates about the storm:

Hurricane and storm procedures for our guests:

For questions about travel insurance:

  • US Residents: Contact Travel Guard 1-877-249-5376
  • Canadian Residents: Contact Global Holiday Protection at 1-866-914-5333

09/26/17

Storm Surge Warning Issued for Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras Village

For Immediate Release

September 26, 2017 12:30 p.m.
Contact: Dare County Emergency Management 252.475.5655

Storm Surge Warning Issued for Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras Village

As Hurricane Maria moves closer to Dare County, winds will reach tropical force later today and remain through early Thursday. Extended periods of high winds will lead to ocean overwash and soundside flooding.

The National Hurricane Center has issued a Storm Surge Warning for the southernmost villages of Hatteras Island, including Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras Village. Water level rise of up to 4 feet above ground is forecast for these areas.

Mandatory evacuation remains in effect for visitors on Hatteras Island. As local conditions deteriorate, road closures and travel restrictions are likely, particularly for portions of Highway 12 on Hatteras Island. Motorists should proceed with caution, drive slowly through standing water, and stay off Highway 12 during periods of high tide.

All areas of Dare County are experiencing dangerous surf and rip currents that will remain through the week. Stay out of the water – conditions are unsafe for even the most experienced swimmers.

Dare County Offices Dare County offices on Hatteras Island are closed today and will be closed on Wednesday, September 27. All county offices north of Oregon Inlet are open for business.

Dare County Public Works
There will be NO commercial trash collection on Hatteras Island on Wednesday, September 27. There will be NO commercial recycle pick up for the remainder of this week.

Dare County Parks and Recreation
All Dare County Parks and Recreation activities are cancelled through Wednesday, September 27.

For Additional Information

Subscribe to receive email updates from Dare County Emergency Management at www.DareNC.com/EmergencyAlerts and follow @DareCountyEM on Twitter.

View the latest watches, warnings and advisories from the National Weather Service at www.weather.gov/mhx or the National Hurricane Center at 
 www.nhc.noaa.gov/

For updated information regarding the status of all roads and bridges in Dare County, visit https://tims.ncdot.gov/tims/.

For the most up to date information regarding the status of NC 12, visit www.facebook.com/NCDOTNC12.


09/25/17

Dare County Emergency Management Release – Tropical Storm Conditions Expected Tuesday

For Immediate Release, September 25, 2017, 5:10 p.m.
Contact: Dare County Emergency Management 252.475.5655

A Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect as Hurricane Maria tracks northward, paralleling the U.S. east coast, bringing direct impacts to Dare County beginning Tuesday. The mandatory evacuation for Hatteras Island visitors remains in effect and includes the villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, and Hatteras Village.

Dare County residents and visitors north of Oregon Inlet should make any last minute storm preparations as soon as possible. Remain vigilant by monitoring updated weather forecasts and warnings. Once tropical storm conditions reach the area on Tuesday, limit travel as much as possible and remain indoors.
In addition, a Storm Surge Watch remains in effect for portions of Dare County. Storm surge flooding will lead to ocean overwash along areas of Highway 12 prone to flooding. As roadways accumulate sand and water, motorists should proceed with caution, drive slowly through standing water, and stay off Highway 12 during periods of high tide. Again, avoid travel if possible.

Storm surge flooding is also expected to lead to soundside flooding, particularly in the southernmost villages of Hatteras Island.

The large ocean swells that are already occurring will continue to build, causing dangerous surf and rip currents most of the week. Stay out of the water – conditions are unsafe for even the most experienced swimmers.

For more information, please monitor information from the National Weather Service www.weather.gov/mhx.

For updated information from the National Hurricane Center, visit www.nhc.noaa.gov/.Subscribe to receive email updates from
Dare County Emergency Management at www.DareNC.com/EmergencyAlerts and follow @DareCountyEM on Twitter.

For updated road conditions from NCDOT, visit https://tims.ncdot.gov/tims/.

Dare County Offices Dare County offices on Hatteras Island will be closed on Tuesday, September 26. All county offices north of Oregon Inlet will be open for business.

Dare County Public Works
On Tuesday, September 26, Dare County Sanitation will operate on a regular schedule with collection for Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Manteo (outside), Wanchese, East Lake, Stumpy Point and Manns Harbor. Customers in these areas should bring in and secure their cans as soon as possible following service on Tuesday morning.

There will be NO commercial trash collection on Hatteras Island on Wednesday, September 27.

There will be NO commercial recycle pick up for the remainder of this week.

Dare County Parks and Recreation All Hatteras Island Parks and Recreation activities are cancelled through Wednesday, September 27.

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09/25/17

Helpful Resources for Monitoring Hurricane Maria

Because of the anticipated effects of Hurricane Maria, Dare County issued a mandatory evacuation for visitors on Hatteras Island that became effective today at noon. We are sorry to see our guests leave the island and are very grateful for their help and cooperation today as they quickly packed their belongings and helped us secure our homes. We hope they may return soon.

Please refer to the following resources to monitor this storm:

For the latest on Dare County’s evacuation order and information on re-entry:

For travel conditions on NC 12 and Ferry Status:

For weather updates about the storm:

Hurricane and storm procedures for our guests:

For questions about travel insurance:

  • US Residents: Contact Travel Guard 1-877-249-5376
  • Canadian Residents: Contact Global Holiday Protection at 1-866-914-5333

09/25/17

Dare County Issues Mandatory Evacuation for Visitors on Hatteras Island

Mandatory Evacuation Issued for Visitors on Hatteras Island

Post Date: 09/25/2017 9:46 a.m.
Contact: Dare County Emergency Management
Phone: 252.475.5655

 The Dare County Control Group met this morning and has declared a state of emergency for Dare County, issuing a mandatory evacuation for all Hatteras Island visitors effective at 12 noon today. Visitors on Hatteras Island should pack all of their belongings and depart as soon as possible, before conditions deteriorate and driving becomes hazardous. Be sure to communicate with your accommodations provider before leaving.

Hurricane Maria will pass about 150 miles southeast of Dare County bringing significant impacts including high winds for a long duration, and significant ocean and sound overwash and flooding. It is likely that roads will become impassable for extended periods and emergency response may be limited at the height of the storm.

Motorists should proceed with caution, drive slowly through standing water, and stay off Highway 12 during periods of high tide. Soundside flooding is also expected, particularly for the southernmost villages of Hatteras Island.

Now is the time to ensure you are ready by taking personal planning and preparations seriously – ensure that your emergency kit is properly stocked and that your emergency plan is ready to implement. For preparedness tips and information, visit www.readync.org.

If you or someone you know has special medical needs and may need assistance, please call the Dare County Department of Health & Human Services, Social Services Division at 252.475.5500 to register.  The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Subscribe to receive email updates from Dare County Emergency Management at www.DareNC.com/EmergencyAlerts and follow @DareCountyEM on Twitter.

View the latest watches, warnings and advisories from the National Weather Service at www.weather.gov/mhx. Updates from the National Hurricane Center are available at www.nhc.noaa.gov/.

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09/24/17

Dare County Release: Hurricane Maria Anticipated to Bring Tropical Storm Conditions to Dare County

For Immediate Release

September 24, 2017, 3:00 p.m.
Contact: Dare County Emergency Management, 252.475.5655

Hurricane Maria Anticipated to Bring Tropical Storm Conditions to Dare County

Dare County Emergency Management is closely monitoring the track of Hurricane Maria and is asking residents and visitors to stay informed and prepare for tropical storm conditions that are expected to reach the area on Tuesday. Impacts will include high winds for a long duration, dangerous surf conditions, and flooding from the ocean and sound. Dangerous surf conditions will persist throughout the week and travel impacts will occur as Maria moves off the coast.

The Dare County Control Group will meet on Monday morning to assess the storm’s track and the anticipated impacts to determine whether any protective measures are needed.

Any change in Maria’s track could bring greater impacts. Now is the time to ensure you are ready by taking personal planning and preparations seriously – ensure that your emergency kit is properly stocked and that your emergency plan is ready to implement. For preparedness tips and information, visit www.readync.org.

If you or someone you know has special medical needs and may need assistance during an emergency, please call the Dare County Department of Health & Human Services, Social Services Division at 252.475.5500 to register. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Subscribe to receive email updates from Dare County Emergency Management at www.DareNC.com/EmergencyAlerts and follow @DareCountyEM on Twitter.

View the latest watches, warnings and advisories from the National Weather Service at www.weather.gov/mhx.

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