Emergency Preparedness

Information You Should Know

In Duck, there are various types of emergency events that can occur. The majority of these are weather-related.

The Atlantic Hurricane Season is from June 1 through November 30. There is also an occasional strong northeaster (nor’easter) than can occur during the winter months. Assemble or restock your disaster supply kit with essential supplies to sustain your family and your pets for up to three days. Have an evacuation plan ready to execute, if and when needed. Go to readync.org for preparedness information.

Please be prepared to evacuate when an order is issued by:

  • Knowing the correct evacuation route(s)
  • Ensuring that your vehicle is fueled

And, if you are a visitor:

  • Take all of your belongings with you, including pets as there is no way to know when re-entry will be allowed
  • Evacuate when the order is issued since there are NO emergency shelters in Dare County

During a hurricane, or an emergency-related event, information will be on on the local radio and television stations. Please do not take any chances, and follow the instructions of emergency management officials.

To receive email alerts directly from Dare County Emergency Management, visit www.darecountyem.com, and follow @DareCoEM on Twitter. The Dare County Emergency Operations Center will be operating throughout the storm and may be reached at 252-475-5655 or visit www.darenc.com for updated information.


Additional Information


WATCH: Hurricane conditions are possible in the specified area of the WATCH, usually within 36 hours.

WARNING: Hurricane conditions are expected in the specified area of the WARNING, usually within 24 hours.

Know What To Do When A Hurricane Watch Is Issued

Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or local radio or TV stations for up-to-date storm information.

Prepare to bring inside any lawn or deck furniture, outdoor decorations or ornaments, trash bins, hanging plants, and anything else that can be picked up by the wind.

Prepare to cover all windows of your home. If shutters have not been installed, use pre-cut plywood as described above. Note: Tape does not prevent windows from breaking, so taping windows is not recommended.

Fill your car’s gas tank.

Recheck manufactured home tie-downs.

Check batteries and stock up on canned food, first aid supplies, drinking water, and medications.

Know What To Do When A Hurricane Warning Is Issued

Listen to the advice of local officials, and leave if they tell you to do so. The Hurricane Evacuation Route for Duck is NC 12 (south) to US 158 (west) towards Elizabeth City, NC and Norfolk, VA.

Complete preparation activities. If you are not advised to evacuate, stay indoors, away from windows.

Be aware that the calm “eye” is deceptive; the storm is not over. The worst part of the storm will happen once the eye passes over and the winds blow from the opposite direction. Trees, shrubs, buildings, and other objects damaged by the first winds can be broken or destroyed by the second winds.

Be alert for tornadoes as they can happen during a hurricane, and after it passes over. Remain indoors, in the center of your home, in a closet or bathroom without windows.

Stay away from flood waters. If you come upon a flooded road, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car and climb to higher ground.

Identify ahead of time where you could go if you are told to evacuate. Choose several places–a friend’s home in another town, a motel, or a shelter.

Keep handy the telephone numbers of these places as well as a road map of your locality. You may need to take alternative or unfamiliar routes if major roads are closed or clogged.

Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or local radio or TV stations for evacuation instructions. If advised to evacuate, do so immediately!

Be Sure to Include The Following:

  • First aid kit and essential medications.
  • Canned food and can opener.
  • At least three gallons of water per person.
  • Protective clothing, rainwear, and bedding or sleeping bags.
  • Battery-powered radio, flashlight, and extra batteries.
  • Special items for infants, elderly, or disabled family members.
  • Items for your pet including food, water, medicines, and medical records.
  • Written instructions on how to turn off electricity, gas, and water if authorities advise you to do so. (Remember, you’ll need a professional to turn them back on.)

Install hurricane shutters or purchase pre-cut 1/2″ outdoor plywood boards for each window of your home. Install anchors for the plywood and pre-drill holes in the plywood so that you can put it up quickly.

Make trees more wind resistant by removing diseased and damaged limbs, then strategically removing branches so that wind can blow through.

p>Keep listening to NOAA Weather Radio or local radio or TV stations for instructions.

If you evacuated, return home when local officials tell you it is safe to do so. Inspect your home for damage.

Use flashlights in the dark; do not use candles.