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Hurricane Preparedness Message - No. 5 

In this week's Hurricane Preparedness Message, Public Works Director Artie Dunn offers some tips on how to prepare your property ahead of a named storm. Additionally, Bogue Banks Water Corporation shares an important notice about water conservation following a storm in the area.

Don't forget - hurricane season starts June 1, but now is the time to prepare and have your supplies ready before any potential storm is in the area. You can review our Hurricane Preparedness Messages 1-4 on our Facebook page or Youtube channel.

You can always find hurricane information on our website at https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/hurricane-information.

 

 

Posted by Anna Smith Thursday, May 20, 2021 8:57:00 AM Categories: News

Emerald Isle updates Covid-19 response 

In accordance with the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Gov. Roy Cooper, the Town of Emerald Isle is fully reopening its buildings to the public, including the Community Center. Effective immediately, social distancing and mask requirements are no longer required on Town property for fully vaccinated individuals. Visitors who wish to do so can continue to wear a mask or maintain a six-foot distance from others. 

Last week, the CDC said that fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear a mask inside, and North Carolina officials lifted several Covid-19 precautions shortly after. 

“Following yesterday’s guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that fully vaccinated individuals can safely do most activities without wearing a mask or the need to social distance from others, the state will remove its indoor mask mandate for most settings,” stated a press release from the governor’s office on Friday. “Additionally, the state will lift all mass gathering limits and social distancing requirements.” 

North Carolina still requires masks to be worn in childcare settings, schools and camps, as well as on public transportation, in health care settings and in correctional facilities and homeless shelters. 

In accordance with state guidelines, mask requirements will remain effective for Town operated preschool, after school and summer day camp programs.

Posted by Anna Smith Monday, May 17, 2021 4:37:00 PM Categories: News

Emerald Isle nominated as Carolina's Finest Weekend Getaway 

The Town of Emerald Isle has been nominated as the Finest Weekend Getaway in the state as part of the 2021 Carolina's Finest Awards, presented by Carolina County Magazine.

These awards are selected by the public, and votes can be cast online through June 30, 2021. Do you love spending time in Emerald Isle? If so, cast your vote here: tinyurl.com/f47hk6j

 

 

Posted by Anna Smith Monday, May 17, 2021 9:27:00 AM Categories: News

Gov. Cooper lifts many Covid-19 Restrictions 

Following New CDC Guidance on Face Coverings, Governor Cooper Lifts Many COVID-19 Restrictions: State to lift gathering limits, social distancing requirements in all settings and indoor mask mandate for most settings


May 14, 2021
 
Today, Governor Roy Cooper and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D. shared an update on the state’s COVID-19 progress. Throughout the pandemic, state officials have taken a data-driven approach and have been guided by the science in making decisions. Following yesterday’s guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that fully vaccinated individuals can safely do most activities without wearing a mask or the need to social distance from others, the state will remove its indoor mask mandate for most settings. Additionally, the state will lift all mass gathering limits and social distancing requirements. These changes are now in effect as of 1:30 p.m. today.

“We can take this step today because the science shows our focus on getting people vaccinated is working,” said Governor Cooper. “But to keep moving forward – and to make sure that we keep saving lives – more people need to get vaccinated.”

The ability to lift restrictions sooner than anticipated following the CDC’s guidance shows the importance of vaccinating all North Carolinians. As of this week, even more people can get vaccinated. Younger teens between 12 and 15 can now get the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Young people are vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus, just like everyone else, and the percent of COVID-19 cases in North Carolina children 17 and under has been increasing. 

North Carolina continues to focus on distributing vaccines quickly and equitably. To date, the state has administered over 7.7 million doses. 51% percent of those 18 and up are at least partially vaccinated, and 46% percent of those 18 and up have been fully vaccinated. 

“I am so proud of the incredible progress we have made in beating back this pandemic,” said Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D. “Vaccines continue to be incredibly effective at protecting individuals from this terrible virus. And as more and more people get vaccinated, the results show in our stable metrics with lower cases, lower hospitalizations, and lower deaths.”  

In accordance with the new CDC guidance, there will still be certain settings where masks and other safety measures will be required. Masks will still be required in child care, schools and camps as most children are either not yet vaccinated or are not yet eligible to be vaccinated. Everyone, including people who are fully vaccinated will still be required to wear a mask in certain settings such as public transportation, health care settings like hospitals, doctor’s offices and long-term care settings like nursing homes, and certain congregate settings like correctional facilities and homeless shelters. 

NCDHHS will continue to have strong public health recommendations for individuals to continue to protect one another until more people are vaccinated. People who are not vaccinated should wear a mask and maintain distance in all indoor public settings and in outdoor settings when they can't maintain six feet of distance.

Masks are strongly recommended for everyone at large crowded indoor events like sporting events and live performances. 

NCDHHS recommends public facing businesses post signage reminding guests to social distance and wear a face covering if they are not fully vaccinated; remind employees to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19; have a plan to immediately isolate and remove sick workers; and clean high-touch surfaces once a day. Businesses may choose to continue to require that their customers wear masks. 

The Department of Health and Human Services will also continue to expand strategies to reach people who have not yet gotten vaccinated. 

Information on the state’s vaccine distribution is available at YourSpotYourShot.nc.gov (English) or Vacunate.nc.gov (Spanish). People can find nearby vaccine providers using NCDHHS’ online tool, Find a Vaccine Location. The state’s COVID-19 vaccine hotline number is 888-675-4567.

Read the Executive Order here.

Read a FAQ about this Order. 

Posted by Anna Smith Friday, May 14, 2021 2:20:00 PM Categories: News

Upcoming Military Training around MCALF Bogue 

Please see the following notice of upcoming military training around MCALF Bogue:

"Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point Ranger Operations will facilitate a training event which includes aircraft and watercraft at Marine Corps Auxiliary Landing Field Bogue, North Carolina mid-May.

Local residents may experience additional noise in and around the vicinity of the landing field and Intracoastal Waterway during this time.

In order to provide a realistic environment for the training, some of the activity is expected to occur in the early morning and evening hours. To ensure the highest measure of safety for all, there are no media or public viewing opportunities available.

Please pardon any inconvenience this training may cause. Thanks to the community for your continued support of our service members.

MCAS Cherry Point's facilitation of this training supports new and innovative capabilities consistent with the Commandant's Force Design 2030 initiatives and furthers the capabilities of the Navy and Marine Corps."

Posted by Anna Smith Thursday, May 13, 2021 7:57:00 PM Categories: News

Dune Plantings Underway along Beach Strand 

Dune plantings began a week ago in Emerald Isle, and will carry on for the next several weeks along the new dunes created with the Florence Renourishment Project-Phase III. Everyone is reminded to stay off of the dunes and to respect the plants.

EarthBalance is completing this portion of the project and is doing a great job. Staff said some of the plants will turn gray or brown shortly after being planted in the sand, but noted this does not mean the plants are not viable - they will soon grow new, green shoots.

Oceanfront property owners can install post and rope fencing as soon as the plants are complete in their area. For other sand fencing plans, property owners should contact the Town's Planning Department at 252-354-8548 to ensure they have the proper permit.

You can view the Carteret County Shore Protection Office's website and project overview here: http://www.carteretcountync.gov/827/Florence-Renourishment-Project-2021.

Posted by Anna Smith Thursday, May 13, 2021 6:38:00 PM Categories: News

Emergency Broadband Benefit Program Eligibility 

The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBBP) provides households with a discount of up to $50 a month off of a household's internet bill. That increases to $75 a month for those living on tribal lands. Eligible households can also get a one-time discount of $100 toward the purchase of a laptop, tablet or desktop computer through participating providers.

The program’s enrollment began May 12th for qualifying households. A household qualifies if the household’s income is at or less than 135 percent of federal poverty guidelines. A household can also qualify if at least one member:

-Participates in a federal benefits program, such as Medicaid, SNAP, or Lifeline.

-Receives benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program.

-Lost a job or a significant amount of income in the past year.

-Received a Federal Pell Grant, or

-Is part of an internet service provider’s low-income or COVID-19 program.

You can find more information here: https://www.ncbroadband.gov/assistance/emergency-broadband-benefit-program

Posted by Anna Smith Thursday, May 13, 2021 8:37:00 AM Categories: News

2021 Hurricane Season Message - No. 4 

The 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season begins on Tuesday, June 1, and now is the time to ensure your hurricane preparedness kit is ready in the event of a storm.

Firefighter Austin Antinori with the Emerald Isle Fire Department gives a brief overview of some items to include in your preparedness kit this year. You can find a comprehensive checklist, and an application for an Emerald Isle Disaster Re-Entry Permit if you do not have one, on the Town's website: https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/hurricane-information.

Need to catch up on the first three videos in our 2021 Hurricane Preparedness series? You can find them on our Facebook, Instagram or Youtube feeds.

 

Posted by Anna Smith Wednesday, May 12, 2021 1:23:00 PM Categories: News

EMS Subscription Available 

Emerald Isle EMS is offering a subscription program to help offset the cost of an ambulance transport. Your annual subscription of $50 covers the direct costs of ambulance services not paid by your insurance. The $50 covers two people: the head of household, along with one other person. You may include others living in the household for an additional $10 each. Your subscription begins two days after receipt of application, payment, and acceptance by the Town of Emerald Isle's EMS Department and expires on June 30th, 2022. There will be no refunds for cancelled or forfeited memberships. Those who subscribed for the 2020-21 fiscal year will be covered through June 30, 2021, and are eligible for renewal. 

You can register for the subscription program online at: https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/ems-subscription-program

Or you can call the EMS Department at 252-354-2249 to complete the information over the phone.

 

Posted by Anna Smith Monday, May 10, 2021 8:18:00 AM Categories: News

Broadband Survey 

From the N.C. Department of Information Technology's Broadband Infrastructure Office (BIO):
 
A year into the pandemic, we know how crucial high-quality, affordable Internet access at home is to work, learn, socialize, and get medical care. But that infrastructure isn't available to many North Carolina residents, who daily call for help getting reliable, high-speed service from the N.C. Department of Information Technology's Broadband Infrastructure Office. (BIO)
 

The Need:
N.C. Department of Information Technology's Broadband Infrastructure Office, (BIO) needs residents and businesses—both those who do and do not have internet service to do the following:
Complete the North Carolina Broadband Survey to let BIO know about the availability and quality of their internet service.  The survey takes only about 5 minutes to complete and is available in both English and Spanish. N.C. Department of Information Technology's Broadband Infrastructure Office. BIO needs both those who and do not have internet access at their location to take the survey. Those without internet service can do it by phone.
Take the optional internet speed test.  This will allow BIO to connect survey data with broadband speed information. 

From the Town of Emerald Isle:

Why this is important for future Emerald Isle fiber infrastructure: 

Vision: Emerald Isle, a N.C. family-friendly beach SmartTown. 

Position:  Position Emerald Isle for future grant funding $1M - $10M. 

The Journey Ahead: Digital infrastructure / gigabyte-level broadband to the premise (home or business), for our future is as important as plotting and affecting beach nourishment, dune maintenance & eco-planning to our current day. 

Why Gigabyte-level Broadband is a Paramount Issue: We live in an era of user-generated content creation and gig-level bandwidth use. Social media, pictures, videos, live streaming, home office, small & large businesses, STEM / education, Telemedicine, cloud-based access and smartphones – all users generate and consume bandwidth connectivity to the Internet of Things.  Internet access, at a 21st Century service-level commodity, is increasingly being compared to water and electric as a fundamental right. 

Objectives

1.  Facilitate digital competition & new gigabyte-level infrastructure in the Emerald Isle market center to drive down consumer Internet and ancillary bundle costs with an added emphasis on excellence in local customer care assistance & response.  Where there is competition, Internet speeds go up and prices go down. 

2.  Facilitate gigabit level broadband accessibility to sustain 21st Century digital demands. There is no replacement for displacement; install new gigabyte level infrastructure, via a competitive company, to provide 21st Century service to our residents, property owners, businesses and visitors. 

3.  Facilitate fixed wireless beach-strand Wi-Fi accessibility from existing line of sight base structures. 

Beach combers and beach homeowners  all rely on continuous and robust digital connectivity. 

Emerald Isle Commissioner Jim Normile is a team member to NCLM Broadband Task Force and Connecting Carteret Coalition for Digital Inclusion.

Posted by Anna Smith Friday, May 7, 2021 2:14:00 PM Categories: News
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