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Evacuation Information

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What you Should Know 

Know the best Evacuation Route - Brunswick County Hurricane Evacuation Map

Oak Island has three evacuation routes: NC-211, HWY-87 and NC-133, all three routes will lead you to US-17. Evacuation routes are well marked with blue hurricane evacuation route signs.

Evacuation Route Sign 

  • Plan to be away from your home for at least three days. Pack sufficient clothing, personal items, and needed prescription medications. If you are going to a public shelter, listen to the radio and TV for specific instructions on what you should bring. 

  • Carry proof of residency with you, such as a driver’s license, property tax or recent utility bill or receipt, etc. Re-entry to the island may be limited to residents only. Carry insurance information and any other important papers.

  • Leave promptly. Do not wait until the weather gets bad, because the bridges may close or the roads may flood.

  • If you are working off the island and need to return to evacuate your family, you will be allowed to do so if it is safe to cross the bridges.

  • Police will be patrolling the Towns of Oak Island and Caswell Beach to protect your property. Please follow their instructions.

  • Shut off and secure propane tanks before you evacuate.

  • Evacuations are generally ordered during daylight hours and take several hours to complete.

  • The order for evacuation will be publicized on local radio and TV stations, local radio, Oak Island’s cable TV Station, and on the website.

  • Emergency personnel may also broadcast evacuation information as they patrol. In some cases they may go door-to-door.

  • Inform a family member of your plans.

  • Turn off the water at the shut-off valve (not the Town’s meter) and electricity at the switch or fuse.

  • Lock your house.

  • Emergency information will also be updated on a message at (910) 201-8088 as needed and as Town staff is able, given the current conditions.

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