March 26, 2018
Plan Now for a Mandatory Evacuation and Reentry
County Emergency Management officials are encouraging local residents,
business owners, and non-resident property owners to review their
evacuation and reentry plans and make sure they have the necessary
permits and documentation for reentry following any Mandatory
Evacuation. Visitors are encouraged to review their Vacation Rental
Agreements to ensure they understand the evacuation requirement set by
the North Carolina Vacation Rental Act and their vacation rental
When a Mandatory Evacuation is ordered to ensure public safety,
everyone needs to have a plan. Take the time now to review, update or
establish a plan to ensure the safety of your family, yourself and your
business. Planning information can be found at https://www.darenc.com/departments/emergency-management. Additional information, along with the ReadyNC mobile app, can be found at www.ReadyNC.org under the Plan and Prepare tab.
After a Mandatory Evacuation, the following Priorities and Permits are used to manage reentry:
These personnel are issued Critical Personnel
permits. Agencies should contact Dare County Emergency Management for
- Priority One
includes government, utility, emergency medical, damage assessment,
disaster relief and other personnel needed to ensure public safety and
restore essential services and critical infrastructure.
Dare County residents are allowed reentry with a
valid North Carolina driver’s license/identification card with a local
address or a current tax bill/parcel data sheet with a matching valid
government issued identification. No permits are needed for Dare County residents, just proper identification.
- Priority Two includes Dare County residents and essential personnel for critical businesses.
Non-resident essential personnel of critical businesses such as food
service/supply, pharmacies, banks, gas stations, property management,
building supply, and hotels are allowed reentry with a Priority Two
permit. Permits are issued to business owners who must ensure
non-resident essential employees meet stringent criteria. Contact Dare
County Emergency Management for documentation requirements.
Non-resident property owners are allowed reentry
with a Permit. There are two separate permits; one for property
owners North of Oregon Inlet (Red) and one for property owners South of
Oregon Inlet (Green). These Green and Red permits are plastic
hanging placards that have been issued to property owners since April
2014. All Non-Resident Property Owner
Permits (Green or Red Plastic Hanging Placards) with an April 1, 2018
expiration date remain valid until December 30, 2018.
Non-resident property owners that do not have a reentry permit can also
use a current tax bill or parcel data sheet with matching valid
government issued identification. Non-resident property owners needing
a permit should contact Dare County Emergency Management for
- Priority Three includes non-resident property owners and non-resident employees of non-critical businesses.
Non-resident employees of non-critical businesses are allowed entry
during Priority Three with a reentry permit. Business owners must
contact Dare County Emergency Management for documentation requirements.
It is important to take action now to ensure your
evacuation plan is ready and that you have the correct documents or
permits for reentry. During weather-driven events, permits may not be
issued within 72 hours of expected landfall. Get your documentation in
order now, not when a storm is threatening.
- Priority Four - No permits are required for visitors and the general public to enter when Priority Four reentry is announced.
For additional information regarding reentry following a mandatory evacuation, please visit https://www.darenc.com/departments/emergency-management. Visitors who have questions about their Vacation Rental Agreements should contact their landlord or visit http://www.ncdoj.gov/Consumer/Travel/Vacation-Rentals.aspx.
Dare County Emergency Management can be contacted at 252.475.5655.