Disaster Preparedness

Resource to Help You Prepare for an Emergency

Department of Homeland Security Ready Campaign

Ready is a National public service campaign designed to educate and empower the American people to;

  • prepare for
  • respond to
  • and mitigate emergencies,

including natural and man-made disasters. The goal of the campaign is to promote preparedness through public involvement.

Ready and its Spanish language version Listo ask individuals to do four key things:

  1. stay informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and their appropriate responses
  2. make a family emergency plan and
  3. build an emergency supply kit, and
  4. get involved in your community by taking action to prepare for emergencies.

Ready.gov Be Informed”  sections gives you information on what to do before, during and after each type of emergency. Several of the emergency that could effect our area are:

Make sure to take the time to review each of these emergency situation to help you handle an emergency quickly.

Ready NC

ReadyNC is North Carolina’s website for helping you:

  • get prepared for a disaster
  • stay informed of adverse weather conditions,
  • information on recovering after a disaster
  • and ways to get involved or donate when an emergency arises.
Evacuation Maps

If county officials announce a hurricane or other emergency evacuation warning, they may ask you to leave your home as soon as possible to  be safe.  Local officials advise leaving only if they truly believe your location is in danger. It is important to follow their instructions as soon as possible. Situations change quickly, road may become blocked and the storm can worsen, preventing your safe evacuation.

Primary Severe Weather Evacuation Routes for Currituck County map has been created in English and Spanish to help guide you during your evacuation.

Re-entry Permit

Following an evacuation, Currituck County conducts re-entry as the impacted areas are deemed safe. Re-entry permits or proof of residency is required.

Re-entry decisions will be issued from the County Emergency Operations Center. Examples of factors taken into consideration when making re-entry decisions include utility outages, road conditions, flooding, and communications outages.

Resident/Property Owner Permits

Re-entry permits are mailed to Currituck Outer Banks residents and non-resident property owners every two years. One permit Is issued per property address based on County tax records. Current permits are valid for the 2018-2019 seasons.

Re-entry permits are not issued 72 hours prior to a projected landfall of a tropical system or hurricane. If you have misplaced your permit, proof of residency or ownership such as a driver’s license with Corolla address, tax record, or utility bill will allow you access to your property.

Business Permits
Business re-entry permits are issued by the Emergency Management Office. Re-entry permits are not issued 72 hours prior to a projected landfall of a tropical system or hurricane.
Priority I Critical Needs Passes, are issued for essential utilities and damage assessment personnel.
Priority II Re·Entry Permits are issued to critical businesses such as banking institutions, fuel stations, building suppliers, property managers, and building repair and construction contractors.