What about Hurricanes, Evacuation and Re-Entry?

We do, occasionally, have a hurricane threaten our community. We sometimes have to evacuate the island during these storm events. There is not a community evacuation shelter in Emerald Isle but there is a County shelter located in Newport, approximately 15 miles east of the bridge to Emerald Isle.

The island is closed to the public immediately after a storm for which a public evacuation was ordered. Once an assessment is made that the roads can be safely traveled, the Town is re-opened. If damage is minimal, the Town will be re-opened to everyone at the same time. If damage is more significant, the Town may initially only be re-opened to residents and property owners. Disaster Re-Entry Permits are required if the Town has re-opened the bridge to residents and property owners only. Disaster Re-Entry Permits are permanent permits, and have previously been issued free of charge to all property owners. Additional and/or replacement permits can be obtained from Police Department for a fee. Permits are not issued within 24 hours of projected landfall. You should get your permit prior to hurricane season. When you get your permit, put it in the glove compartment of your car.

The best source for Emerald Isle specific information during a weather emergency is on the home page of this site. Hurricane information is updated on this site. As long as telephone service is operational, this site will be operating and frequently updated with the latest conditions and announcements. Periodic updates are also emailed to subscribers to the Town's email newsletter.

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1. What medical providers are located in and around Emerald Isle?
2. What is the phone number for the Emerald Isle Post Office?
3. What is the phone number for the Emerald Isle Welcome Center?
4. Who are the local utility companies, and how can they be contacted?
5. Where can I find garbage and recycling information?
6. Where are the Parks and Beach Access Locations in Emerald Isle?
7. Where can I register to vote?
8. Who should I call about military operations at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune that involve bombing, vibration, noise?
9. What are the regulations regarding pets?
10. What can I do about free-roaming or feral cats on my property?
11. What can I do about the wild animals that are a nuisance in my neighborhood?
12. What can I do about nutria removal?
13. Where do I get Town Vehicle License Tags?
14. Are individuals or businesses without a physical business location allowed to sell their merchandise anywhere in Town?
15. What about Hurricanes, Evacuation and Re-Entry?
16. What are the regulations about riding horses on the beach?
17. When are vehicles allowed on the beach?
18. Are alcoholic beverages permitted on the beach?
19. How should I build a sand fence?
20. What about the use of the Town's public parks and accesses?
21. What if I want a wedding on the beach?
22. What type of transportation is available?
23. What Steps Can I Take to Help Reduce Stormwater Impacts on my private yard?