Press Release
Ocracoke Control Group recommends lifting evacuation order November 22.

The Ocracoke Control Group met Monday, November 11, 2019, and have recommended to the Hyde County Board of Commissioners to lift the evacuation order on November 22, 2019, or immediately following the reopening of NC 12, which is currently slated and on schedule to reopen on November 22, 2019. The Hyde County Board of Commissioners recognizes the Ocracoke Control Group's request and will release access restrictions and reopen Ocracoke Island to visitors on November 22, 2019, or immediately upon the reopening of NC 12. 

The evacuation order has been in place since September 4, 2019, ahead of Dorian's arrival. When discussing possible dates for reentry to begin, the control group identified two benchmarks that needed to be completed. First, the initial pass of debris removal; this was completed on November 1. The final benchmark is the reopening of NC 12 for all vehicles. NCDOT has targeted November 22 as the date NC 12 will reopen. 

After the evacuation order is lifted, visitors will be immediately allowed to access Ocracoke. Ferry operations will return to the paid reservation system normally in place. Reconstruction and debris removal will continue to take place for the foreseeable future. Please be aware of any obstacles while on the island. In addition, visitors should be advised there are limited lodging accommodations, food service, gas availability and other services normally available to the visiting public. Please plan your visits accordingly. (Find out what's open here!)

Heading to the Ocracoke beach....
Heading to the Ocracoke beach....
Crystal Canterbury

The Joint Recovery Center ended operations in Ocracoke on November 7, 2019. The Ocracoke Interfaith Relief & Recovery Team operations will open at the Life Saving Church, Lighthouse Road, on Monday, November 11, 2019. They will be open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

Teresa Adams, the Ocracoke liaison to Hyde County, has relocated to the Life Saving Church during the same hours. She can assist with Individual Assistance, if people have been denied Small Business Administration (SBA) loans, both paper applications and online; food stamp information; housing applications to elevate homes; Legal Aid info; Back At Home Trillium information; re-entry permits and permits for people who want their families to help; contractor lists; and various other online information.

The Hyde County Board of Commissioners will still hold the Monday, November 18th meeting scheduled at 6 pm at the Government Center in Swan Quarter and the Community Center in Ocracoke for the purpose of taking public comment and discuss individual items related to reentry and recovery. A full agenda will be forthcoming. 

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