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- 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
Brunswick County had the following shelters open as of 2 p.m. Tuesday:
- West Brunswick High School (550 Whiteville Rd., Shallotte)
- North Brunswick High School (114 Scorpion Drive, Leland)
- South Brunswick High School (100 Cougar Road, Boiling Spring Lakes)
Residents evacuating to a shelter should bring identification, any needed medications, any needed items like glasses or diapers, clothing for 3-7 days, pillows, toiletries, chargers for cell phones, and books, games or cards. Residents should bring sheets or bedding, and cots and air mattresses if available. Alcohol, illegal substances, and weapons are not permitted.