June 9, 2015
Residents, business owners and non-residentHurricane
season began June 1, and Dare County Emergency Management urges
residents, business owners and non-resident property owners to ensure
they have the proper re-entry credentials. There are no changes to the
Dare County re-entry procedures in 2015.
property owners urged to verify re-entry credentials
“Now is the time to verify you have the proper re-entry credentials to
return to Dare County in the event of an evacuation. This will allow
you to focus on securing property and belongings during those few
critical days we have to prepare before a storm impacts the area,” said
Emergency Management Director Drew Pearson.
In 2014, non-resident property owners on Hatteras Island received a
green re-entry permit and non-resident property owners north of Oregon
Inlet and on the Dare County mainland received red re-entry permits.
Re-entry permits were mailed to the address listed on the property tax
bill. These permits are valid through 2018. If you did not receive a
re-entry permit, recently purchased a home in Dare County or need a
replacement permit, please contact Emergency Management at
Re-entry permits from previous years will not be accepted. Please note,
no re-entry permits will be issued within 72 hours of expected landfall
of a storm on the Outer Banks.
Residents of Dare County will need a valid North Carolina driver's
license, with a Dare County address, to gain entry following a
disaster. As required by law, residents who have recently moved within
Dare County should be sure to have their driver's license changed to
reflect their current address.
Business owners must contact Dare County Emergency Management at
252-475-5655 for re-entry permits for nonresident employees that are
essential personnel for critical businesses. Critical businesses, such
as food service/supply, pharmacies, banks, gas stations, property
management, building supply and hotels, will be permitted re-entry only
with a permit. Permits issued to critical businesses must meet
stringent criteria. No re-entry permits will be issued within 72 hours
of expected landfall of a storm on the Outer Banks.
“Business owners should speak with staff to ensure they have the proper
re-entry credentials to return to work following a storm. This will
save valuable time as storms approach, allowing business owners to
focus on and implement emergency preparation plans and the needs of
their customers,” remarked Pearson.
Following are the re-entry stages established by Emergency Management following a disaster:
- Priority One: Essential personnel, identified by a special permit issued by the Dare County Control Group.
- Priority Two: Permanent residents, identified
by a N.C. driver's license with a valid Dare County address, and
essential personnel for critical businesses.
- Priority Three: Non-resident property owners,
identified by a re-entry permit or Dare County tax receipt and valid
identification matching the name on the tax record.
- Priority Four: General public.
For more information regarding re-entry, contact Dare County Emergency
Management at 252-475-5655, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to
5:30 p.m. To receive e-mail alerts directly from Emergency Management
during the event of an emergency, sign up at www.darecountyem.com.