Most emergencies that effect Topsail Island are weather related events such as tropical storms and hurricanes. This section is provided as a public service to help our citizens and visitors to prepare for these events and deal with the aftermath.
If an evacuation is ordered, the Town’s administrative offices, Police Department and Fire Department will relocate to an off-island Emergency Operations Center (EOC).
The Island of Topsail works to refine and improve its Hurricane Plan on a continual basis. In addition, the three Topsail Island Towns are finding ways to coordinate and improve the efficiency of re-entries. Information contained herein is intended to be just a small part of what your Hurricane Planning should include.
Although each of the island’s towns has a separate disaster plan, the towns work together to coordinate evacuation and re-entry procedures as necessary. The three towns recommend you follow some basic guidelines and learn important terminology in the event of a hurricane or severe storm threatens the area. Planning and preparation is the key to minimizing damage and insuring the town’s services are restored as quickly as possible. Please review this information completely and begin planning your responses today.
Decide now where you will go and how you will get there. In an evacuation, public shelters will be opened, but these should be used only as a last resort. If possible you should plan to stay with a friend or relative or in a motel well inland. Regardless of your actions, plan on supporting yourself and family for 72 hours. The Atlantic hurricane is from June to November, but the most active hurricane months are August, September and October.
If a HURRICANE WATCH is issued for Pender or Onslow Counties, a hurricane is threatening, but not necessarily imminent. Fuel and service family vehicles, and continue to monitor radio, TV or NOAA Weather Radio for bulletins. A hurricane watch means it is possible that the watch area may have hurricane conditions in 24 to 48 hours.
If a HURRICANE WARNING is issued for Pender or Onslow Counties, it is very possible that the county could experience hurricane conditions in less than 24 hours. Listen constantly to radio and TV and begin preparing for the storm. When landfall is expected within 24 hours, Emergency Departments will notify residents and visitors of an evacuation.
- Prepare for high winds.
2. Anchor objects outside.
3. Protect windows and other glass.
4. Boats on trailers: move close to house and fill with water.
5. Boats in water: check mooring lines and leave them.
6. Take valuable and personal papers.
7. If you have to evacuate leave as soon as possible. Driving conditions may deteriorate quickly.
Evacuation orders from each town provide and organized and coordinated exit from the island. As a guideline, the towns issue an evacuation orders approximately 24 hours before the expected landfall. You can learn of an evacuation order by listening to local media, watching the local cable access channel for the evacuation message or listen for emergency vehicles announcing and sounding sirens after a state of Emergency is declared and an order to evacuate is issued.
Main evacuation routes leaving Pender County (Highways 210, 50 and 53) flood quickly during heavy rains. You may want to leave the island before the evacuation order to avoid increased traffic.
When evacuating take supplies such as non-perishable foods, water, medication, first-aide kit, candles, matches, flashlights, radio, extra batteries, can opener, blankets, pillows, driver’s license, insurance papers, property inventory, cash or checks (ATM machines and banks in the area could be shut down for days or weeks), reading material and plenty of patience.
A NOTE FROM EVERYTHING BEACH
If you decide to evacuate the island during a Voluntary Evacuation, please call/text (910) 329-0994 to let us know you are leaving the island. Leave all rented equipment outside the home and we will come pick the items up for you. If you decide to stay during a storm, please secure all rented items in a safe place away from wind or water exposure. If there is a Mandatory Evacuation, I will be contacting you by voice/text to let you know when we will pick up the rental items. My husband and I also live on the island and take weather warnings very seriously.
We hope you have a great week but in the case of an approaching storm, please be careful and follow the suggested guidelines from Local Officials if advised.
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