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Evacuation recommendations are based on a variety of factors including hurricane conditions, predicted rainfall amounts, storm surge, and other potential damaging effects that the hurricane could have on the Town of Wrightsville Beach. An order to evacuate is determined by the Town of Wrightsville Beach Board of Aldermen.
- 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. - 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.
Once the town has suspended operations during a mandatory evacuation, Town of Wrightsville Beach water and sewer services may be interrupted. Electricity services, provided by Duke Energy, may also be interrupted due to weather conditions.