2021 Beach Safety Initiatives

The Town of Emerald Isle remains focused on beach safety year-round. Increased investments in personnel, equipment, and communication efforts will be even more visible for the 2021 summer season.

Flag System

Emerald Isle utilizes the nationally/ internationally recognized ocean condition flag system.  In alignment with seasonal notifications provided by the National Weather Services (NWS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Town will fly beach condition flags between April 15 and October 31.  A total of 25 large flags, measuring 4-feet by 6-feet each, will be placed along the Emerald Isle beach strand. 


The Town has lifeguards on the beach strand between April 1 and September 30. 

Candidates can learn more about the opportunity to be an ocean rescue lifeguard in the future and watch a 15-second advertisement teaser here: https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/lifeguards


Two stationary lifeguard stations will again be located at the Western Ocean Regional Access (WORA) and Eastern Ocean Regional Access (EORA).  The beach strand will also be subdivided into service zones, where mobile lifeguards will patrol the strand in four overlapping sectors. 

Via the Enterprise Municipal Fleet Lease Program, the Town was able to secure three red Jeep Wranglers for use by lifeguards on the beach.  Additionally, the Police Department has leased a white Jeep Wrangler. 


Weather permitting, trained members of the Fire Department will also utilize drone technology on ocean rescue calls.  Drones will be utilized to serve as a secondary set of eyes in the sky. 


Stationary iPads, pre-loaded with RIP Current educational videos, will be made available to the public.  Stations will be placed at the Carteret County Visitors Center on Emerald Isle and other key locations throughout Town.  Guests will be able to watch a video and learn more about the power of the ocean.

For additional information about the Town of Emerald Isle, visit www.emeraldisle-nc.org or call 252-354-3424.


For press inquiries, contact:

Matt Zapp, Town Manager

Emerald Isle, NC



NOTE: Emerald Isle adheres to the USLA minimum recommended standards for the training, equipping, and preparedness of those assigned to prevent drowning and other injury in the open water environment.