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EMS Subscription Program  

Do you worry that when you call EMS, and are transported by EIEMS to the hospital, that you will have to pay out of pocket for the remainder of what your insurance does not cover? Well, we have the program for you!!! We have started a Subscription Program to help the citizens of Emerald Isle if they were to need to be transported to the hospital by EIEMS.

To learn more about the program or to sign-up, just click on the following link:  https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/ems-subscription-program

Posted by Sarah Williams Thursday, August 13, 2020 10:01:00 AM Categories: News

Be better prepared with shelfCheck 

Be better prepared with shelfCheck

When disaster strikes, spend more time indoors and less time in stores. The shelfCheck app helps you find what you need, when you need it most.  

Hurricane season is an uncertain time for coastal communities, but one thing is for sure: in the face of a storm, preparation is key. shelfCheck is a new app from the Raleigh-Durham area that uses crowdsourcing to inform shoppers of what items are in stock at the grocery stores near them. The aim is to help people avoid shortages for in-demand items like bread, toilet paper, bottled water, & batteries and to reduce the number of shopping trips that you have to make. Just create a shopping list and shelfCheck will find the store nearest to you that best meets your needs. While at the store, you can help others out by guesstimating how much of a particular product is left in stock as you check off your list.

The shelfCheck app a community driven platform, intended to help users save time and exposure when time is most critical.  The app is free, easy to use, and secure.

To watch a video about the app, click here:  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z08koGatwLw&feature=emb_logo

Learn more at www.shelfcheck.io or download the app on both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

 

General Disclaimer: The Town of Emerald Isle does not benefit from any relationship with the shelfCheck app.  We are simply sharing information with our residents, guests, and businesses to better prepare for a product shortage caused by a natural disaster or similar emergency.   

Posted by Sarah Williams Thursday, August 13, 2020 8:58:00 AM Categories: News

Western Ocean Regional Access Will Be Temporarily Closed for Walkway Repairs / Construction 

Please be advised that the Western Ocean Regional Access will be closed to the public for walkway repairs/construction Monday, August 17th – Wednesday, August 19th. Public parking and restrooms will be available at the Eastern Ocean Regional Access located at 2701 Emerald Drive.   Thank you for your patience and we apologize for the inconvenience

Posted by Sarah Williams Wednesday, August 12, 2020 4:53:00 PM Categories: News

Public Comment Information - August 11, 2020 Board of Commissioners Meeting 

The August 11, 2020 Regular Monthly Meeting of the Emerald Isle Board of Commissioners will take place at the Town Board Meeting Room.  Due to COVID-19 the public may attend the meeting but space will be limited to ensure social distancing.  

The meeting will be available for viewing or audio only by registering at the following link for attendees  - https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3379781504828221968 

 

PUBLIC COMMENT DURING COVID-19

 

Submitting General Public Comments and Public Hearing Comments To The Town Board of Commissioner During COVID19 Meeting Restrictions:

At the Town of Emerald Isle Board of Commissioner’s regular monthly meetings, citizens are provided with an opportunity to make general public comments to the Town Board as well as comments during any public hearings.  It is important for the Town’s citizens to continue to have this opportunity despite the COVID-19 public health emergency, but public safety considerations are also important.

Until it is deemed safe for everyone to gather as a community again, public comments may be submitted in advance of Town Board meetings subject to the following guidance:

  1. Public comments should be limited to three minutes in length (approximately 450 words).
  2. Public Comments timely received will be read into the record of the meeting during the general public comment period or the applicable public hearing period.  Please specify whether your comment is general or pertains to a specific public hearing on the agenda.
  3. Public comments may be submitted as follows:
  • By emailing the Town Clerk Rhonda Ferebee at rferebee@emeraldisle-nc.org
  • By putting your written comments in a drop box at the Town Administration Building (located in front entrance foyer) 
  • By calling Town Clerk Rhonda Ferebee at 252-354-3424 for alternative phone method.

(Public comments will be accepted through 10:00 am on Tuesday, August 11, 2020)

Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation as the Town’s elected officials and staff work to continue to provide governmental services to the best of our ability during this time.

Posted by Sarah Williams Friday, August 7, 2020 5:12:00 PM Categories: News

Hurricane Isaias Update #6 

Hurricane Isaias Update #6

Final event update

August 4, 2020

10:00 AM

The post-storm assessment is underway in Emerald Isle. We are blessed and thankful that the storm did not bring widespread damage to the area.  Following is the final update related to this storm event.

RAINFALL:  1.28” of rain was recorded overnight at the Emerald Isle Public Works facility.

Following is a brief assessment of public infrastructure damage:

  • Street sign down- Emerald Drive and Coast Guard Rd
  • Street sign down - Channel and Terrell Howell Way (near the US Coast Guard station)
  • A downed tree on the bike path near Sea Dunes
  • A downed tree on the bike path near Land’s End
  • A downed tree in the roadway near Reed/Janell
  • A downed tree in the roadway near Reed/Mangrove

Town staff members are on scene and actively working to clean up the areas identified.

RED FLAGS:  Reminder, ocean conditions are dangerous and Emerald Isle remains under RED FLAGS.  Flag poles have been damaged and lifeguards are working to reinstall flags.  The public is asked to stay out of the water and respect the ocean conditions.

Thank you all for your help and cooperation.  If you have any questions, please contact the Town of Emerald Isle at 252-354-3424.

Remain well!

Posted by Sarah Williams Tuesday, August 4, 2020 10:13:00 AM Categories: News

Tropical Storm Isaias Update #5 

Tropical Storm Isaias Update #5

Trash Service Adjustment

August 3, 2020

1:30 PM

Due to extremely heavy winds expected overnight, Trash collection is CANCELED for Tuesday August 4, 2020.

  • Wednesday- Recycling collection is expected town wide
  • Thursday- Regular sound side trash service is expected
  • Friday- Regular ocean side trash service is expected

Do your part & Help move your cart!

  • Please secure all trash and recycling cans at/near your home ASAP
  • Please DO NOT place any cans (trash or recycling) at the curb today
  • Wait until the storm system and heavy winds move out of the area, before putting carts at the street.

Thank you all for your help and cooperation.  If you have any questions, please contact the Town of Emerald Isle at 252-354-3424.

Posted by Sarah Williams Monday, August 3, 2020 1:38:00 PM Categories: News

Tropical Storm Isaias: Update #4 

Tropical Storm Isaias: Update #4

Monday August 3, 2020

11:00 AM

Tropical Storm Isaias continues to track northward and is expected to arrive/impact North Carolina late Monday night and into the early hours of Tuesday. 

High winds, heavy rainfall, and potential tornados could impact our coastal region. 

Dangerous ocean conditions exist NOW and will continue to bring HIGH RISK for RIP currents.  Emerald Isle is under RED FLAG conditions and the public is asked to stay out of the water. 

For the latest video update from the National Weather Service, follow this link:

Monday Morning Video Update (Short)

COMMUNICATIONS PLAN

Public messaging is expected to continue throughout the duration of the event.  For the most up-to-date information, please monitor www.emeraldisle-nc.org, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and download the Emerald Isle app. 

YARD DEBRIS COLLECTION SUSPENDED

Until further notice, yard debris collection is suspended.  Residents are asked to STOP placing loose material at the roadway.  Following the storm, collection services will resume.

TRASH COLLECTION

Regular ocean side trash service will be provided today, Monday August 3, 2020. 

Staff is monitoring the weather and will make adjustments to the trash/recycling collections (as needed) for Tuesday and Wednesday.  Any changes to service will be announced ASAP.

OCEAN CONDITIONS/ RIP CURRENTS

Dangerous ocean conditions exist NOW and will continue to bring HIGH RISK for RIP currents.  Emerald Isle is under RED FLAG conditions and the public is asked to stay out of the water.  The threat for stronger and more frequent rip currents will continue for area beaches through the middle of the next week, leading to extremely dangerous conditions for swimming.

STATE OF EMERGENCY

Effective at 3:00 PM on Saturday August 1, 2020, the Town of Emerald Isle issued a State of Emergency declaration.  The approaching storm is anticipated to impact our local area.  Residents, guests, and businesses should begin preparations now.       

EVACATION ORDERS

As of 11:00 AM on Monday, current predictions have NOT triggered an evacuation order.

GENERAL PREPAREDNESS

Residents and guests should anticipate high winds, heavy rains, and the potential loss of power due to the storm. Residents and guests should be prepared to shelter in place with sufficient food, water and medical supplies.

STORMWATER PREPARATION

The Town of Emerald Isle’s stormwater system is operational and clear of debris.  Staff has inspected all storm drain inlets, pumps, ditches, and associated infrastructure.   In advance of the storm, emergency fuel, generators, and mobile pumps are staged on the island.  These items will be utilized (as needed) in flood prone areas.

Posted by Sarah Williams Monday, August 3, 2020 10:47:00 AM Categories: News

2020 Emerald Isle Property Tax Bills  

The Town of Emerald Isle’s property tax bills have now been consolidated with the Carteret County tax bills, beginning this tax year.    Tax bills have been mailed and are available online at https://carteretcountytax.com/.

If you should have any questions you can reach the County tax office at (252) 728-8485 or taxinformation@carteretcountync.gov.

Have a question on an Emerald Isle tax bill from 2019 or earlier?   Please call our office at (252) 354-3424 and we will be happy to assist you.

Posted by Sarah Williams Monday, August 3, 2020 9:46:00 AM

Tropical Storm Isaias: Update #3 

Tropical Storm Isaias: Update #3

Sunday August 2, 2020

3:00 PM

Tropical Storm Isaias is tracking northward and is expected to arrive/impact North Carolina on Monday August 3 and Tuesday August 4, 2020.  

High winds, heavy rainfall, and potential tornados could impact our coastal region. 

The Town of Emerald Isle is preparing now. All town staff and first responders are on storm ready alert. 

Dangerous ocean conditions exist NOW and will continue to bring HIGH RISK for RIP currents.  Emerald Isle is under RED FLAG conditions and the public is asked to stay out of the water. 

Hurricanes and Tropical Storms are very unpredictable.  Carteret County Emergency Services and the Town of Emerald Isle are actively monitoring the storm.  If conditions worsen, the Town of Emerald Isle will take swift action and communicate with the public.

For the latest video update from the National Weather Service, follow this link:

Sunday Morning Video Update (Short)

YARD DEBRIS COLLECTION SUSPENDED

Until further notice, yard debris collection is suspended.  Residents are asked to STOP placing loose material at the roadway.  Following the storm, collection services will resume.

TRASH COLLECTION

Regular ocean side trash service will be provided on Monday August 3, 2020. 

Staff is monitoring the weather and will make adjustments to the trash/recycling collections (as needed) for Tuesday and Wednesday.  Any changes to service will be announced ASAP.

OCEAN CONDITIONS/ RIP CURRENTS

Dangerous ocean conditions exist NOW and will continue to bring HIGH RISK for RIP currents.  Emerald Isle is under RED FLAG conditions and the public is asked to stay out of the water.  The threat for stronger and more frequent rip currents will continue for area beaches through the middle of the next week, leading to extremely dangerous conditions for swimming.

 

COMMUNICATION PLAN

Public messaging is expected to continue throughout the duration of the event.  For the most up-to-date information, please monitor www.emeraldisle-nc.org, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and download the Emerald Isle app. 

SITUATIONAL UPDATE

Tropical Storm Isaias, currently located within 50 miles of the east coast of Florida, is forecast to maintain its intensity and lift northeastward toward the Carolina coast Monday night and Tuesday, passing through the Coastal Plain of Eastern North Carolina.

Tropical storm force winds are possible across the area. This could lead to some downed trees and widely scattered power outages. A few tornadoes are possible Monday night and Tuesday, which could lead to locally enhanced damage.

Minor to locally moderate inundation from storm surge is possible for low lying area adjacent to the ocean, sounds and rivers, with overwash of dunes and flooding of properties and roadways possible for locations where dune structures are weak. Impacts at specific locations will be highly track dependent.

Dangerous marine conditions are also expected, with seas building to 8 to 16 feet creating treacherous conditions for mariners.

Periods of locally heavy rain are likely especially along and west of Highway 17, with the potential for localized minor flooding of low lying areas. River levels could reach and exceed flood stage a couple days after Isaias exits the Carolinas. Widespread flooding is not expected.

STATE OF EMERGENCY

Effective at 3:00 PM on Saturday August 1, 2020, the Town of Emerald Isle issued a State of Emergency declaration.  The approaching storm is anticipated to impact our local area.  Residents, guests, and businesses should begin preparations now.       

EVACATION ORDERS

As of 3:00 PM on Saturday August 1, 2020, current predictions have NOT triggered an evacuation order.

GENERAL PREPAREDNESS

Residents and guests should anticipate high winds, heavy rains, and the potential loss of power due to the storm. Residents and guests should be prepared to shelter in place with sufficient food, water and medical supplies.

STORMWATER PREPARATION

The Town of Emerald Isle’s stormwater system is operational and clear of debris.  Staff has inspected all storm drain inlets, pumps, ditches, and associated infrastructure.   In advance of the storm, emergency fuel, generators, and mobile pumps are staged on the island.  These items will be utilized (as needed) in flood prone areas.


ACTION STEPS

We encourage you to stay off the roads during heavy rains.  If you intend to leave island, do not wait until the storm arrives.  Plan ahead and leave early.

Additionally, follow these tips to reduce property damage and stay safe:

• Bring in garbage cans, lawn furniture, bikes, toys, hanging plants and lawn decorations. If possible, remove the swings on your child's swing set to prevent unnecessary damage.

• Move furnishings and valuables to the highest point in your house.

• Keep a supply of flashlights and extra batteries handy in case of loss of power. Avoid open flames, such as candles and kerosene lamps, as a source of light.

• If you lose power, turn off all major appliances to avoid a power surge when the power is turned back on.

• Do not drive or walk through standing water. Water can be deeper than it appears, and two feet of water can sweep away most cars and six inches of moving water can sweep you away when walking.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Sunday, August 2, 2020 4:33:00 PM Categories: News

Hurricane Isaias: Update #2 

Hurricane Isaias: Update #2

August 1, 2020

3:00 PM

Hurricane Isaias is expected to travel northward, impacting North Carolina early next week.   The current predictions indicate the most probable time of arrival/impact is Monday August 3 and Tuesday August 4, 2020.   

Regardless of the storm’s direct path, it is likely to cause high winds and heavy rain along the coast.  The Town of Emerald Isle is preparing now. All town staff and first responders are on storm ready alert. 

Hurricanes and Tropical Storms are very unpredictable.  Carteret County Emergency Services and the Town of Emerald Isle are actively monitoring the storm.  If conditions worsen, the Town of Emerald Isle will take swift action and communicate with the public.

STATE OF EMERGENCY

Effective at 3:00 PM on Saturday August 1, 2020, the Town of Emerald Isle has issued a State of Emergency declaration.  The approaching storm is anticipated to impact our local area.  Residents, guests, and businesses should begin preparations now.       

EVACATION ORDERS

As of 3:00 PM on Saturday August 1, 2020, current predictions have NOT triggered an evacuation order.

YARD DEBRIS COLLECTION SUSPENDED

Until further notice, yard debris collection is suspended.  Residents are asked to STOP placing loose material at the roadway.  Following the storm, collection services will resume.

OCEAN CONDITIONS/ RIP CURRENTS

Dangerous ocean conditions are expected and will bring HIGH RISK for RIP currents. 

  • Red Flags are flying along the Bogue Banks
  • The public is asked to avoid the water

GENERAL PREPAREDNESS

Residents and guests should anticipate high winds, heavy rains, and the potential loss of power due to the storm. Residents and guests should be prepared to shelter in place with sufficient food, water and medical supplies.

STORMWATER PREPARATION

The Town of Emerald Isle’s stormwater system is operational and clear of debris.  Staff has inspected all storm drain inlets, pumps, ditches, and associated infrastructure.   In advance of the storm, emergency fuel, generators, and mobile pumps are staged on the island.  These items will be utilized (as needed) in flood prone areas.

COMMUNICATION PLAN

Public messaging is expected to continue throughout the duration of the event.  For the most up-to-date information, please monitor www.emeraldisle-nc.org, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and download the Emerald Isle app. 


ACTION STEPS

We encourage you to stay off the roads during heavy rains.  If you intend to leave island, do not wait until the storm arrives.  Plan ahead and leave early.

Additionally, follow these tips to reduce property damage and stay safe:

• Bring in garbage cans, lawn furniture, bikes, toys, hanging plants and lawn decorations. If possible, remove the swings on your child's swing set to prevent unnecessary damage.

• Move furnishings and valuables to the highest point in your house.

• Keep a supply of flashlights and extra batteries handy in case of loss of power. Avoid open flames, such as candles and kerosene lamps, as a source of light.

• If you lose power, turn off all major appliances to avoid a power surge when the power is turned back on.

• Do not drive or walk through standing water. Water can be deeper than it appears, and two feet of water can sweep away most cars and six inches of moving water can sweep you away when walking.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Saturday, August 1, 2020 3:59:00 PM Categories: News
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