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Evacuation Information

Evacuation Information

  • 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.