Dare County Emergency Management strongly advises visitors and residents in all areas of Dare County to complete their evacuation as soon as possible.
A mandatory evacuation has been ordered because of the serious threat posed by Hurricane Irene.
The storm is expected to impact Dare County with strong potential for severe consequences including structural damage, power outages, flooding, and impassable roads throughout Dare County.
Residents without a means of transportation to a state managed shelter outside of Dare County should immediately call 252-475-5640 to make travel arrangements.
Buses for Hatteras Island residents have already departed.
Those who do not evacuate are advised that emergency personnel will not be able to respond to calls for help during the high winds expected during this storm. Emergency Management further advises that those who do not evacuate should be prepared to sustain themselves for at least 72 hours and could experience hazards and a major disruption of services for an extended period of time.
Dare County evacuees are advised to use Highway 64 West through Manns Harbor because roads to the north may be extremely congested due to the evacuation of low-lying areas in Norfolk, Virginia.
There are no emergency shelters in Dare County. However, the State of North Carolina has opened 2 shelters for Dare County evacuees: TJ Davis Recreation Center, 400 E. Sixth Street, Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870. (252) 533-2847. Pets will not be co-located, but accommodations will be available and Northampton Cultural & Wellness Center, 9536 Hwy 305 North, Jackson, NC 27845. (252) 534-1303. Pets will be co-located at this site.
Pet owners should make plans to evacuate with their pets, as the Dare County Animal Shelter is unable to accommodate the drop-off of pets by evacuees. Additional information about pet care during storms is available at www.obxspca.org
No new reentry stickers are available at this time. The previously issued stickers, for 2008/2009, are still valid. Residents can also use a North Carolina driver’s license showing a Dare County address. Property owners may present a Dare County tax bill with proper identification for reentry.
Visitors are asked to honor the State of Emergency by refraining from entering Dare County until the public is asked to return. Following a storm, visitors should contact their property management company to make sure accommodations are safely available before traveling to Dare County.
The NCDOT Ferry Division has announced that the two boats crossing between Hatteras and Ocracoke will continue operating until it is determined to be unsafe to cross.
Evacuation preparation steps are available at www.ReadyNC.org and www.darenc.com.
Dare County garbage pickup is being done on a regular basis today. There will be no commercial or residential garbage collection by Dare County Public Works tomorrow.
Town of Duck: Town of Duck Offices are now closed. A State of Emergency has been declared. All residents and visitors are strongly urged to evacuate immediately as the forecast calls for extreme conditions. During the storm, emergency services will be suspended. A curfew will be in effect from 10:00 p.m., Friday, August 26, 2011 through 6:00 p.m., Monday, August 29, 2011. Only Town of Duck emergency personnel should out during this time; expect to be stopped if travelling anywhere in Duck during this period.
Town of Manteo: The Town of Manteo Administrative Offices closed at 12:00 p.m. today.
Town of Nags Head: If you intend to stay during the storm and live in a low lying area, you are encouraged to move your vehicles to higher ground. Parking lots are available at the Colony Ridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (formerly known as Britthaven), the UNC Coastal Studies Institute, and the back lot of the YMCA at Bonnett Street (Please do not park directly in front of the pump room at the top of the lot). To reach the Colony Ridge and UNC Coastal Studies Institute lots, turn onto Barnes Street and drive west. These lots are available only for temporary storage during the storm. There will be will no residential or commercial trash collection on Saturday, August 27. The recycling trailers located at Nags Head Town Hall and at the Huron Street public beach access will be not be available until after Hurricane Irene has passed. All commercial recycling is suspended until after the storm. The bulk item/brush drop off yard located across from Nags Head Public Works will be closed Saturday, August 27.