County tells residents, visitors to prepare Isaias plans

By on July 31, 2020

No orders issued at this point by Dare officials

(Dare County Emergency Management)

In a release issued late in the morning on July 31, Dare County Emergency Management advised people currently in the county to start hurricane preparedness plans and counseled anyone planning a visit here this weekend to think about holding off until the storm passes.

The county did not issue any orders or impose any restrictions at this time, but indicated that officials are closely monitoring events.

Here is this morning’s release,

Dare County Emergency Management continues to closely monitor Hurricane Isaias and is advising residents and visitors to begin implementing their hurricane preparedness plans.

Local officials will confer on Saturday morning to determine whether protective measures are necessary to ensure public safety. Based on the current forecast, visitors scheduled to travel to the Outer Banks this weekend are advised to closely watch updated information from the National Weather Service Center and consider delaying arrival until after the storm has passed.

“Dare County is likely to experience impacts from the storm as early as Sunday evening, August 2,” said Dare County Emergency Management Director Drew Pearson. “Now is the time to assemble or restock your disaster supply kit with essentials to sustain your family and your pets for three to five days. Have your evacuation plan ready to execute.”

Should an evacuation order become necessary, it will be important to allow extra time to evacuate. In light of COVID-19 and with social distancing measures in place, state sheltering options will be limited. As always, you are better off locating shelter with family or friends outside the expected danger zone or stay at an accommodation of your choice.

Over the next few days, rough seas and strong rip currents will create dangerous conditions for beachgoers that will continue through next week. Even the most experienced swimmers should exercise caution to ensure their personal safety. For local beach conditions, visit www.weather.gov/beach/mhx.

To access updated information from Dare County, visit www.darenc.com/isaias.For preparedness information, visit www.readync.org.  monitor local weather reports at www.weather.gov/mhx, sign up to receive alerts directly from Emergency Management at www.darenc.com/alerts and follow @DareCountyEM on Twitter.

Dare County Emergency Management will continue to monitor the storm and provide updates as needed. The next update will be issued no later than Saturday, August 1 at 12:00 p.m.



Comments

  • WaveHI

    Dare county, please issue an evacuation order for this weekend so people can make plans! Then if the storm goes off shore and the road is passable they can come down. So much better than letting every body on and then telling them to leave. There are so many people (on facebook) saying they are coming and then not leaving if there is an order. Please use some common sense.

    Friday, Jul 31 @ 3:35 pm
  • Zack Bass

    Evacuate the visitors and close the Bridges again. Most of us have had enough of summer.

    Friday, Jul 31 @ 4:15 pm
  • Johnny

    Why evacuate now
    Make the tourists ride the storm out with no refunds!!
    Phase two is safer at home shouldn’t really be traveling and vacationing anyway. Duh

    Friday, Jul 31 @ 6:12 pm
  • anotherobxman

    I guess county officials want to get the tourists packed in here today and tomorrow knowing they won’t leave. Alcohol sales will be through the roof preparing for all the hurricane parties. I guess all the dollar signs have blinded officials to the fact that there is a pandemic.
    Absolutely irresponsible.

    Friday, Jul 31 @ 7:36 pm
  • hightider

    Let’s make sure not to violate anyone’s civil liberties and constitutional rights to do whatever they want whenever they want – might cause another lawsuit. At this point, tourists and NRPO’s are the only people with rights.

    Saturday, Aug 1 @ 6:00 am
  • Dethrol

    Awfully flippant comment about our constitutional and civil rights…. And, there was no lawsuit. The Commissioners realized they had no leg to stand on and settled. Good thing our tax dollars were a tall enough crutch to prop up the $16,000 folly. Still waiting on a full accounting for how much the Commission ended up paying to mount a defense of the indefensible.

    Saturday, Aug 1 @ 11:09 am
  • anotherobxman

    Hatteras visitors ordered out…new visitors piling in. Should make for some NICE traffic.

    Saturday, Aug 1 @ 11:32 am
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