Oak Island Evacuation and Re-Entry Checklist
As the Storm Approaches
- Listen to local radio and television stations for storm reports. Register for Brunswick County’s emergency/alert notification system.
- Secure and protect your property.
- Plan where you will stay if an evacuation is ordered. The nearest public shelter may be South Brunswick High School. (Note: Hotel/motel space is limited and hotels may close, depending on the severity of the storm as it approaches.)
- Check your supply of batteries, water, canned foods and medication. Purchase what you will need.
- Fill your vehicles with fuel.
- Obtain necessary cash from the bank.
- Plan how to care for pets. (Pets are only allowed at certain public shelters.)
- If you are handicapped or have special needs, please register with Brunswick County Emergency Services.
When an Evacuation Is Ordered
- Plan to be away from your home 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.
- 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 websites.
- 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.
Brunswick County Evacuation Shelters
Locations will be announced when info from Brunswick County is available.
Take clothing, medications, sleeping items, books. NO alcohol is allowed. Only some of the shelters may allow pets.