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!