Isaias: Dare Emergency Management advises residents and visitors to prepare and stay informed
Dare County Emergency Management is continuing to closely monitor Hurricane Isaias and is advising residents and visitors to begin implementing their hurricane preparedness plans. A press release issued late Friday morning states that local officials will confer on Saturday morning, August 1 to determine whether protective measures are necessary to ensure public safety.
“Based on the current forecast, visitors scheduled to travel to the Outer Banks this weekend are advised to closely watch updated information from the National Weather Service Center and consider delaying arrival until after the storm has passed,” stated the release.
“Dare County is likely to experience impacts from the storm as early as Sunday evening, August 2,” said Drew Pearson, Dare County Emergency Management director. “Now is the time to assemble or restock your disaster supply kit with essentials to sustain your family and your pets for three to five days. Have your evacuation plan ready to execute.”
Should an evacuation order become necessary, Dare officials advise it will be important to allow extra time to evacuate. In light of COVID-19 and with social distancing measures in place, state sheltering options will be limited. “As always, you are better off locating shelter with family or friends outside the expected danger zone or stay at an accommodation of your choice,” stated the release.
“Over the next few days, rough seas and strong rip currents will create dangerous conditions for beachgoers that will continue through next week. Even the most experienced swimmers should exercise caution to ensure their personal safety,” the release continued. For local beach conditions, visit www.weather.gov/beach/mhx.
Dare County Emergency Management will continue to monitor the storm and provide updates as needed. The next update will be issued no later than Saturday, August 1 at 12 noon.