WHO MUST EVACUATE?
- Voluntary evacuation:
A voluntary evacuation indicates that conditions are likely to deteriorate and you may want to seek alternative shelter.
- Mandatory visitor evacuation:
A mandatory visitor evacuation indicates that all non-residents must evacuate the Town of Wrightsville Beach and will not be allowed to return until the evacuation order is lifted.
- Mandatory evacuation:
A mandatory evacuation indicates that all persons must evacuate the Town of Wrightsville Beach. Emergency services are suspended and will not be available during a mandatory evacuation. Electricity and water/sewer services are also suspended during a mandatory evacuation.
- What happens if someone chooses not to leave during a mandatory evacuation? Can they be arrested or forced to leave?
YES, North Carolina General Statue 14-288.20A makes it a Class 2 misdemeanor to violate any provision of an ordinance or a declaration enacted or declared by a municipality in an effort to deal with a state of emergency. Under N.C.G.S 166A-19.31, a municipality has the authority to place restrictions, curfews or make evacuation orders in a state of emergency. It is unlawful to violate those restrictions or orders. In addition, emergency services and utility services are suspended following a mandatory evacuation. It is always wise to comply with a mandatory evacuation order as it may save your life or the life of another.

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1. WHAT IS THE LATEST INFORMATION ON THE HURRICANE AND WHEN IS IT SUPPOSED TO HIT WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH?
2. WHAT DOES A STATE OF EMERGENCY MEAN? DOES THIS MEAN WE MUST EVACUATE?
3. WHEN IS THE BRIDGE CLOSING?
4. WHAT CRITERIA / FACTORS DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT WE HAVE TO EVACUATE?
5. WHO MUST EVACUATE?
6. IF I HAVE TO GO TO WORK OR LEAVE THE ISLAND, HOW WILL I RETURN TO GATHER MY BELONGINGS IF A MANDATORY EVACUATION IS ORDERED WHILE I’M AWAY?
7. WHEN AND WHERE SHOULD I PURCHASE MY WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH VEHICLE TAX DECAL?
8. ARE YOU GOING TO SHUT OFF ELECTRICITY AND/OR WATER ON THE ISLAND? IF SO, WHEN?
9. CAN I GET A STORM DRAIN CLEANED OUT BEFORE THE STORM GETS HERE?
10. WHY IS MY STREET FLOODING?
11. IS THE WATER SAFE TO DRINK AND/OR BATHE IN?
12. WILL THE TOWN PICK UP LOOSE REFUSE FOR DISPOSAL (YARD WASTE, LIMBS, FURNITURE, ETC.) RIGHT BEFORE THE STORM?
13. WHEN WILL HURRICANE DEBRIS BE PICKED UP? WILL THERE BE A FEE?