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Police Department Rolls Out New Crime Mapping Program   

The Emerald Isle Police Department has partnered with CrimeMapping.com to provide up to date crime information to the public.  This service is free to the public and is provided directly from crime reports filed with the police department.  Through this service, residents and property owners are also able to sign up for email alerts notifying them when crimes are reported in their neighborhood.  We are very excited about this program and believe that it is just one more way that we can work together as a community to reduce crime in Emerald Isle. 

View Emerald Isle Crime Info Here: http://www.crimemapping.com/map/NC/EmeraldIsle 

Check out this video on how to use the services: 

 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, July 3, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Emerald Isle Featured in Our State Magazine 

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Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, June 26, 2017 10:16:00 AM

Emerald Isle Beach Conditions Improve Red Flags Removed 

Ocean Open for Public Use Caution Still Advised (Thursday, June 22 - 8 am)

RED FLAGS Removed, Ocean Open for Public Use

Beach conditions have improved, and Emerald Isle officials have removed the RED FLAGs that had been in place since Sunday, June 18.  The ocean is open for public use.

Emerald Isle has returned to YELLOW FLAG status, which is the Town's normal beach status. YELLOW FLAGs indicate moderate hazards, and the public should continue to use caution in the ocean.  

The Town's lifeguards will be stationed at the Eastern Ocean Regional Access, the Western Ocean Regional Access, and on 4 all-terrain vehicles patrolling the Town's ~ 12 miles of ocean beach.  Lifeguards are on duty from 10 am - 5 pm daily, and may be on duty earlier or later in the day if conditions warrant.  In response to recent and current threats, the Town has added an additional roving lifeguard to improve patrol coverage and response time.

Sign Up for New Emerald Isle Text Alerts 

The Town has implemented a new text message alert system to better inform our residents and visitors about the Town's issues and initiatives.  To sign up, please visit  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/email-text-notifications . 

Additional Beach Safety / Avoiding Rip Currents Information Sessions Scheduled

Saturday, June 24 at 9 am & Wednesday, June 28 at 6 pm

The Town has scheduled two additional information sessions on Beach Safety / Avoiding Rip Currents.  The Emerald Isle Fire Department will present this helpful information on Saturday, June 24 at 9 am, and Wednesday, June 28 at 6 pm in the Town Board Meeting Room (7500 Emerald Drive).  Please plan to attend!

Learn More, and Know What to Do in a Rip Current

Each of the Town's public access locations (large regional accesses and neighborhood accesses) include signage that explain what to do if you find yourself caught in a rip current.  Please take the time to read it when you head out to the beach!  

For current National Weather Service rip current forecasts, and an informative video about rip currents, please visit https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/rip-currents-and-surf-forecast . 

The graphic below includes concise, understandable guidance:

To learn more about beach safety, please visit  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/safety . 

PLEASE BE SAFE!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, June 22, 2017 8:06:00 AM

High Rip Current Risk Continues Along Much of North Carolina Coast 

Red Flags Remain in Place in Emerald IslePublic Still Advised To Stay Out of Ocean Until Further Notice - (Wednesday, June 21 - 10 am)

High Rip Current Risk Continues Along Much of North Carolina Coast

Red Flags Remain in Place in Emerald Isle

Due to continuing high rip current risks in Emerald Isle and much of the North Carolina coast, the public is advised to stay out of the ocean again today.  The entire ~ 12 miles of ocean beach in Emerald Isle remain marked with RED FLAGS, and these flags will remain in place until conditions improve.  

Red Flags Will Be Removed When Conditions Warrant

Emerald Isle Fire Department and Lifeguard staff will be monitoring conditions in Emerald Isle multiple times daily, and will be consulting the National Weather Service in order to determine when the conditions warrant removal of the flags and a return to normal recreational use of the ocean in Emerald Isle.  

This decision will be communicated via numerous digital platforms, including the Town's website ( https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/ ), the Town's Facebook page (Town of Emerald Isle, NC is the official page of Town government), the Town's Twitter feed (@townemeraldisle), via the Emerald Isle App (available for download - search Town of Emerald Isle, NC), and via the Town's email newsletter list (sign up at  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/join-email-list ).  

Emerald Isle Warning Flag System Explained

Emerald Isle adheres to warning flag standards established by the US Lifesaving Association, and uses the following warning flags:

 

RED FLAGS indicate high hazards and that the public is advised to stay out of the ocean.  When used, which is very rare, Emerald Isle places RED FLAGS approximately every 1/4 mile or less along the beach strand, at the Town's two regional access facilities, on Town all-terrain vehicles providing services on the beach strand, and flies the RED FLAGS at the two Fire Stations. The Town is also working with the owner of Bogue Inlet Pier to hopefully add flags on the pier in the future. 

YELLOW FLAGS indicate moderate hazards, and that the public should use caution in the ocean.

 

In Emerald Isle, other than RED FLAG days, we consider every beach day to be a YELLOW FLAG day, as there is always an inherent risk when entering the ocean and the public is always advised to use caution.  The Town has not previously used completely YELLOW FLAGS (instead relying on combined flags - see below), but will soon begin using completely YELLOW FLAGS at the Town's two regional access facilities (which are served by lifeguards in the summer months), and on Town all-terrain vehicles providing services on the beach strand.  The Town will also be flying YELLOW FLAGS at the two Fire Stations in the future, and is also working with the owner of Bogue Inlet Pier to hopefully add flags on the pier in the future.

 

Combined RED FLAGS and YELLOW FLAGS are used at the Town's two regional access facilities to signify that those areas are served by lifeguards, and are also affixed to the Town's all-terrain vehicles used by roving lifeguards.  If the RED half of the flag is on top, it indicates high hazards and that the public should stay out of the ocean.  If the YELLOW half of the flag is on top, it indicates moderate hazards, and that the public should use caution in the ocean.  It is very rare that the RED half of the flag is on top, as Emerald Isle considers every beach day to be a YELLOW FLAG day.

Emerald Isle does not use GREEN FLAGS, which indicate safe conditions.  In Emerald Isle, we consider every beach day to be a YELLOW FLAG day, and the public should always use caution in the ocean. 

PURPLE FLAGS indicate an abundance of potentially hazardous marine life in the vicinity, including Portuguese man-o-war, jellyfish, and other creatures.  Emerald Isle uses these flags as needed in specific locations, however, the use of PURPLE FLAGS is relatively rare. 

Other Town Actions In Response to Recent and Current Threats

The Town is always seeking to improve our services and better inform our residents and visitors, and has already and/or will soon implement the following improvements:

- A portable electronic warning sign advising the public about rip current risks has been deployed near the Emerald Isle bridge.  (Please note that NCDOT controls the fixed electronic signs, and does not allow their use for any purpose other than traffic information.  The Town is diligently working to affect a change in NCDOT policy on this issue.)

- An additional all-terrain vehicle has been purchased, and the Town will add an additional roving lifeguard on the beach strand each day when we return to normal recreational use of the beach (switch back from RED FLAG conditions to normal YELLOW FLAG conditions).  On normal summer days, the Town previously deployed 5 lifeguards (2 fixed and 3 roving) daily, but will now deploy 6 lifeguards (2 fixed and 4 roving) between 10 am and 5 pm daily.  During the recent and current threat, 2 additional lifeguards have been on duty as needed, and lifeguard hours have been extended to earlier and later times in the day as needed.  

- The Town is currently testing a new text message notification system that will be unveiled soon, and will enable residents and visitors to sign up for Emerald Isle text message alerts in the future. 

Additional Beach Safety / Avoiding Rip Currents Information Sessions Scheduled For Saturday, June 24 at 9 am & Wednesday, June 28 at 6 pm

In light of the recent and current issues, the Town has scheduled two additional information sessions on Beach Safety / Avoiding Rip Currents.  The Emerald Isle Fire Department and Lifeguard staff will present this helpful information on Saturday, June 24 at 9 am, and Wednesday, June 28 at 6 pm in the Town Board Meeting Room (7500 Emerald Drive).  Please plan to attend!

Learn More, and Know What to Do in a Rip Current

Each of the Town's public access locations (large regional accesses and neighborhood accesses) include signage that explain what to do if you find yourself caught in a rip current.  Please take the time to read it when you head out to the beach!  

For current National Weather Service rip current forecasts, and an informative video about rip currents, please visit https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/rip-currents-and-surf-forecast . 

The graphic below includes concise, understandable guidance:

 

To learn more about beach safety, please visit  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/safety . 

PLEASE BE SAFE!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, June 21, 2017 10:22:00 AM

Red Flag Beach Conditions Still in Effect 

 

Public Advised To Stay Out of Ocean Until Further Notice

Tuesday, June 20 - 10 am

High Rip Current Risk Continues Along Much of North Carolina Coast

Red Flags Remain in Place Along Entire EI Beach Strand

Due to continuing high rip current risks in Emerald Isle and much of the North Carolina coast, the public is advised to stay out of the ocean again today.  The entire ~ 12 miles of ocean beach in Emerald Isle remain marked with RED FLAGS, and these flags will remain in place until conditions improve.  

Red Flags Will Be Removed When Conditions Warrant

Emerald Isle Fire Department and Lifeguard staff will be monitoring conditions in Emerald Isle multiple times daily, and will be consulting the National Weather Service in order to determine when the conditions warrant removal of the flags and a return to normal recreational use of the ocean in Emerald Isle.  

This decision will be communicated via numerous digital platforms, including the Town's website ( https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/ ), the Town's Facebook page (Town of Emerald Isle, NC is the official page of Town government), the Town's Twitter feed (@townemeraldisle), via the Emerald Isle App (available for download - search Town of Emerald Isle, NC), and via the Town's email newsletter list (sign up at  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/join-email-list ).  

Additional Beach Safety / Avoiding Rip Currents Information Sessions Scheduled

Saturday, June 24 at 9 am & Wednesday, June 28 at 6 pm

In light of the recent and current issues, the Town has scheduled two additional information sessions on Beach Safety / Avoiding Rip Currents.  The Emerald Isle Fire Department and Lifeguard staff will present this helpful information on Saturday, June 24 at 9 am, and Wednesday, June 28 at 6 pm in the Town Board Meeting Room (7500 Emerald Drive).  Please plan to attend!

Learn More, and Know What to Do in a Rip Current

Each of the Town's public access locations (large regional accesses and neighborhood accesses) include signage that explain what to do if you find yourself caught in a rip current.  Please take the time to read it when you head out to the beach!  

For current National Weather Service rip current forecasts, and an informative video about rip currents, please visit https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/rip-currents-and-surf-forecast . 

The graphic below includes concise, understandable guidance:

To learn more about beach safety, please visit  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/safety . 

PLEASE BE SAFE!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, June 20, 2017 9:53:00 AM

Emerald Isle Teen Drowning Update 

 

Emerald Isle Police are reporting that 16-year old Tyreese Worsley of Goldsboro, the second swimmer who was recovered during water rescue efforts on June 10, 2017, died at 2:25am at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. Tyreese had been listed in critical condition since being airlifted to Vidant immediately following the incident. The official cause of death has not been released at this time.

The Town of Emerald Isle would like to express our deepest condolences to Tyreese’s family and friends and extend our thoughts and prayers for their loss.

No additional information is being released.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, June 19, 2017 2:52:00 PM

Red Flag Beach Conditions Continue 

Public Advised To Stay Out of Ocean Until Further Notice

Monday, June 19 - 12 noon

Red Flags Remain in Place Along Entire EI Beach Strand

Due to continuing high rip current risks in Emerald Isle, the public is advised to stay out of the ocean again today.  The entire ~ 12 miles of ocean beach in Emerald Isle remain marked with RED FLAGS, and these flags will remain in place until conditions improve.  

Red Flags Will Be Removed When Conditions Warrant

Emerald Isle Fire Department and Lifeguard staff will be monitoring conditions in Emerald Isle multiple times daily, and will be consulting the National Weather Service in order to determine when the conditions warrant removal of the flags and a return to normal recreational use of the ocean in Emerald Isle.  

This decision will be communicated via numerous digital platforms, including the Town's website ( https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/ ), the Town's Facebook page (Town of Emerald Isle, NC is the official page of Town government), the Town's Twitter feed (@townemeraldisle), via the Emerald Isle App (available for download - search Town of Emerald Isle, NC), and via the Town's email newsletter list (sign up at  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/join-email-list ).  

Beach Safety / Avoiding Rip Currents Information Sessions Scheduled

This month's Police Educating the Public (PEP) program will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, June 20, at 10 am in the Town Board Meeting Room (7500 Emerald Drive).  This month's session (which was scheduled months ago) focuses on Beach Safety / Avoiding Rip Currents, and will be led by EIFD and Lifeguard staff.  

In light of the recent and current issues, the Town has scheduled two additional sessions for those who can't attend on June 20.  Identical sessions will be held on Saturday, June 24 at 9 am, and Wednesday, June 28 at 6 pm.

Learn More, and Know What to Do in a Rip Current

Each of the Town's public access locations (large regional accesses and neighborhood accesses) include signage that explain what to do if you find yourself caught in a rip current.  Please take the time to read it when you head out to the beach!  

For current National Weather Service rip current forecasts, and an informative video about rip currents, please visit https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/rip-currents-and-surf-forecast . 

The graphic below includes concise, understandable guidance:

To learn more about beach safety, please visit  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/safety . 

PLEASE BE SAFE!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, June 19, 2017 11:57:00 AM

High Rip Current Risk in Emerald Isle 

Please be advised - High rip current risk in Emerald Isle. Red flags going up along entire beach strand now. Public advised to stay out of ocean until further notice.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Sunday, June 18, 2017 2:13:00 PM

Missing Teen Swimmer Recovered in Emerald Isle 

 

Emerald Isle, NC June 13, 2017: Emerald Isle Police are reporting that the body of the 17-year old missing teen swimmer was recovered in Emerald Isle this morning at approximately 8:05AM.

At 7:55AM, Emergency Services in Emerald Isle responded to a report in the 7700 block of an unidentified object bobbing in the water approximately 1500 meters offshore.  Police, fire and EMS personnel responded to the scene and were able to recover and identify the body of 17-year old Elijah Hinnant of Goldsboro, who went missing on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 6:08pm. According to information received during the investigation, Elijah had traveled from Goldsboro with several friends to spend the day in Emerald Isle when he and another friend were caught in a rip current while in the water in the 7900 block of the beach strand. The second teen, 16-year old Tyreese Worsley of Goldsboro, was recovered from the water by a surfer and rescue personnel, where lifesaving measures were performed and he was airlifted to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.  He remains in critical condition as of this morning.  According to information received from the family, neither of the young men were strong swimmers.

The Town of Emerald Isle would like to convey our deepest condolences to Elijah’s family for their loss.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of both these young men and our staff will remain available to the families to answer questions and provide any support we can to help them through this tragedy.

The Town of Emerald Isle would like to thank the U.S. Coast Guard and the Atlantic Beach Fire Department dive team for their assistance in the search and recovery efforts.

No additional information is being released at this time.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, June 13, 2017 12:05:00 PM

Sponsorship Opportunities Available for 2017 Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival  

 

Please see Official Sponsorship Form and/or contact Alesia Sanderson, Parks and Recreation Director at asanderson@emeraldisle-nc.org for more details.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, June 13, 2017 9:17:00 AM
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