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Hurricane Planning

Atlantic Hurricane Season is from June 1st to November 30th.

Home Evacuation Plan

Know where you will go if you have to evacuate with more than one location option. Notify family and friends where you are going and how to contact you. Make sure you have an alternate route to your evacuation location. Major roads may be jammed with traffic or rerouted.

  • There are six basic items you should stock in your home. Water, food, first aid supplies, clothing and bedding, tools, and emergency supplies. Keep the items that you would most likely need during an evacuation in an easy to carry container, such as plastic or vinyl container with a lid, a backpack, or a duffel bag.
  • For evacuation purposes, have important family documents ready to take with you. Insurance policies, wills, immunization records, bank account numbers, written and video inventory of valuable household goods, family records (birth, marriage, death certificates), and photos.
  • If a hurricane threatens Carolina Beach, visit this website often and stay tuned to local media for evacuation instructions.
  • Residents and business owners must present specific types of identification to re-enter the Town of Carolina Beach following a mandatory hurricane evacuation.  Contractors, property managers, caretakers, media, and boat owners will also need special re-entry passes.  Different types of identification are required depending on user need or function.  
  • Residents and Property Owners – Vehicle Tax Decals serve as identification for re-entry to the island should a hurricane close Snow’s Cut Bridge. The decals must be affixed to vehicles and will be required for access to the area following a community-wide evacuation.  Vehicle Tax Decals are $5 each when purchased before March 1st. For additional details please call Town Hall at 910-458-2999.

Your Home
If you decide to stay home make sure you have enough supplies to last 2 weeks.

Have on hand plywood, nails, screws, and other materials to cover your windows and protect your home.

Know how to cut off your utilities to your home. Write down the instructions. Make sure all family members know how to turn off and secure the utilities. Turn off electricity at the main panel. 

If your house has a water shut-off valve or a gas shut off valve, turn it off. If your home does not have an accessible water shut-off, have a plumber install one for you.

Check and review your insurance policies with your agent, make sure you have flood insurance. Make sure you have the coverage that you need. If you are a renter, make sure you have renter's insurance. If you have questions, visit the National Flood Insurance Program site.

Your Pets
During Hurricane season, it is important that you make arrangements to take care of your pets. Leaving them home after an evacuation is not the answer. Begin crate training early, as this will reduce the stress on your dog/cat when they must be crated for a length of time.

Look into pet friendly hotels/motels/shelters where you may seek refuge. If you stay with friends or family, be sure your pets are also welcome.

Your Boat
Additional preparation and planning is required if you have a boat. Whether you trailer, moor, or anchor, additional equipment will be needed. Here are a few tips to help boaters develop their own hurricane preparedness plan:

  • Purchase and stow line specifically for hurricane use. As a general rule, line should be twice the diameter of your normal line.
  • Monitor National Weather Service marine broadcasts (162.550 MHz). Pay close attention to local TV and radio for information on how the hurricane will affect our area.
  • All boat hurricane preparations should be completed 48 hours before a hurricane arrives.
  • Secure all hatches and tape all windows from the inside.
  • Check the batteries for a full charge and make sure bilge pumps are working.
  • Shut off all fuel lines and close thru hull fittings.
  • Remove all electronics to prevent destruction or theft.
  • If can remove the boat from the water and secure both boat and trailer to high land. Trailer should be firmly anchored to prevent or minimize damage.
  • If you have a boat at a dock, DO NOT STAY ON YOUR BOAT! Remove all articles on deck including top, side curtains, sails and dinghies. If possible un-step the mast and secure it ashore. Double up lines including spring lines. Use several cleats to      distribute the load on the boat. Allow as much line as possible for tide and storm surge. Disconnect electric, water, and other connections from the dock.
  • If you will be anchoring out, DO NOT STAY ON YOUR BOAT! Have a pre-planned "hurricane hole". Avoid shoal areas and look for areas with high embankments.
  • Make sure your insurance is up to date and adequate for your needs.

Additional Information

  • A Hurricane Watch means  that hurricane conditions are possible in a specified area within 72 hours. This is the time to buy perishable goods and those items with a shelf life such as batteries. Put your plan into action.
  • A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions will affect a specified area within 36 hours. All of your storm preparations should be complete. At this point officials will be making determinations if and when evacuations will be necessary. All flood zones should be ready to evacuate.
  • Unfortunately, many people believe that they have been through a major hurricane when in reality, the nature of storms we have experienced have been mild to moderate in intensity. When the next hurricane comes, pay close attention to weather updates and bulletins. A house is not worth losing your life.
  • After the storm, stay away from downed power lines and standing water. Don't drive into flooded areas. Don't "sight-see". Don't drink or prepare food with tap water until you know for certain it is not contaminated. Use flashlights and battery operated lanterns instead of candles indoors.

Following an evacuation
     It is in the best interest of the Town and community to ensure safety on the Island and get individuals back into their homes as efficiently as possible. Please be patient with us. Unrestricted access will be allowed to the general public once properties are secured and the Town of Carolina Beach has had adequate time to recover.