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2 Sep 2019
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At this time, we regret to inform you that Dare County Emergency Management has called for a mandatory evacuation of Hatteras Island beginning Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 12:00, noon. 

We are very sorry to have to see you leave. Keep in mind, this decision to evacuate was not made lightly. Our local government has decided we are in danger. Remember we only have one way off the Island (NC HWY 12) and if it is breached we have no way on or off the Island. This can happen even before the storm. 

Time is of the essence in an evacuation and the roads will become very congested as the day progresses. By law, the beach is closed as soon as the evacuation takes effect. 

We ask that you be ready to evacuate no later than 3 hours from when the official evacuation begins at 12:00, noon.This will allow us to get the homes properly prepared for the storm and get our employees and their families to safety. As you can imagine, the storm prep for over 450 homes is an enormous undertaking. Please take all of your belongings with you. Make sure the refrigerator is empty. We cannot be responsible for ANYTHING that is left in the home. All items left in the house will be disposed of. Do not plan on being able to come back and retrieve items that are left.

We are very thankful that we have valuable guests and friends such as you. We are extremely concerned about your safety and well-being. Stay Safe!

Official Press Release posted below: 

Bulletin #1
3:00 p.m.

The Dare County Control Group met Monday afternoon to receive a briefing from the National Weather Service and to discuss actions necessary to ensure public safety across Dare County.  With confidence increasing that Dare County will see significant, life threatening impacts from Hurricane Dorian later this week, a state of emergency has been issued for all areas of Dare County including the towns of Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head,  Manteo and all unincorporated areas including Hatteras Island, Roanoke Island and the Dare mainland.  

A mandatory evacuation has been issued for all Dare County visitors beginning Tuesday, September 3 at 12:00 p.m. A mandatory evacuation order for all Dare County residents becomes effective at 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 4.  

Now is the time to make final preparations, secure property and evacuate. Visitors should evacuate with all personal belongings and follow instructions from their property management company. 

The state of emergency includes restrictions on ocean 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.  

Those evacuating to areas north of Dare County are encouraged to travel 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. 

For preparedness tips and information, visit

Please note that Dare County’s new online reentry permitting system is now in effect and reentry permits from previous years are no longer valid. Permanent residents may still 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 or apply for a permit, visit

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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 for the Special Medical Needs registry. Offices will open at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 3. For more information, visit 

The next update from Dare County Emergency Management will be issued on Tuesday, September 3 no later than 4:00 p.m. 


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