Emergency Management Information Center

The Town of Carolina Shores Emergency Management Agency operates this virtual emergency management information center to collect a body of emergency management information from all levels of government in order that residents may avail themselves with up to date information, sign-up for notifications, and most importantly to be better prepared in the event of an emergency.

State of North Carolina Gateway: ReadyNC

Brunswick County Emergency Management


National Weather Service

Town of Carolina Shores Resources:

  • Emergency Management Agency - plans and documents
  • ReadyBrunswickCommunication tips for emergency conditions:
    • Stay alert with a NOAA weather radio, the National Weather Service or tuning into local television or radio news outlets
    • If you or your family's life is in imminent peril, dial 911.
    • Emergency Management will communicate with the public via mass notification:
      • Emergency Alert System (EAS) through local television and radio, used by State and County level emergency managers
      • Reverse 911 (CodeRed) for land telephone lines and registered cellular phones, used by County and Town level emergency managers
      • Special Advisory Notices - for those registered on the Town's e-list, used by Town level emergency managers
      • Town Emergency Information Line - dial 910-575-3097 as an alternate to the Town's mainline telephone system and for a brief pre-recorded emergency advisory message, used by Town level emergency managers
  • What to expect:
    • Expect to need to be self-sufficient for a period of time after the emergency
    • Expect transportation problems (e.g. road and bridge closures)
    • Expect resource shortages (e.g. food, medicine, gasoline)
    • Act = on being self-sufficient, on having a personal emergency plan, and on monitoring local conditions
  • Coastal Carolina Natural Hazards most likely to occur (as identified in the Hazard Mitigation Plan Table 3-8):
    • Hurricanes - Likely with potential for catastrophic impacts
    • Flooding - Highly likely with potential for critical impacts
    • Thunderstorms - Highly likely with potential for critical impacts
    • Tornados - Likely with the potential for critical impacts
  • Recreate and Be Aware - enjoy our neighboring beaches, our golf courses, and pools, but remain vigilant for:
    • Lightning - seek shelter indoors or below deck on a boat in lightning storms
    • Snakes, Alligators, Wild Animals - Coastal Carolina has its share of poisonous snakes, alligators, and wild animals: remain vigilant near lakes, ponds, streams, and canals
    • Earthquake/Tsunami - if on the beach during an earthquake, move to high ground immediately at least 300ft inland and 15ft higher than the beach. The Town of Carolina Shores for reference is well over 3.5 miles inland from Little River inlet and 50ft above sea level.
    • Rip Currents - increase your knowledge of rip currents by visiting the National Weather Service: Rip Current Safety
    • Beach Forecast - visit the National Weather Service to learn more about forecasts specific to the beach you are visiting: National Weather Service Beach Forecast
    • Heat - be mindful of heat stress and heat exhaustion, whether on the beach, at the pool, or on the links, heat related illness can be fatal
  • Resiliency Starts with You!
    • Consider insurance including wind/hail and flood insurance even if not required
    • Consider mitigation by raising low lying structures, anchoring potential projectiles in yard, and trimming dangerous limbs/removing dangerous trees
    • Stay informed, visit ReadyNC for more information
    • If you are unable to be as resilient as you want due to a medical infirmity or disability and have special medical needs, please consider submitting your information to Brunswick County via the Special Medical Needs Registry. Get started here: Brunswick County Special Medical Needs Registry
  • Evacuation: Knowing When and Where is Key
    • Evacuations are ordered by the Town's Emergency Management Agency in conjunction with Brunswick County Emergency Management. Two types of evacuations are: 1) voluntary and 2) mandatory
    • All Town residents and guests should, when advised of an evacuation, proceed calmly and orderly to the evacuation routes specified and head in-land
    • In the event of a hurricane, residents are advised to head in-land roughly perpendicular to the storm track always moving away from the storm, but not parallel or with the storm. For instance, if the storm is tracking north, do not evacuate north, rather evacuate west or south.
    • State of North Carolina Hurricane Evacuation Map: Hurricane Evacuation Map
    • When evacuating please consider accommodations at the end of your route, plan ahead on where to stay, what to bring, and even if accommodations will be available. For evacuees, it is important to understand the inland flooding impacts from hurricanes, areas east of I-95 in the coastal plain of North and South Carolina are particularly at risk for flooding even though they may be well inland from the coast.
    • Evacuees should consider emergency shelters as a last resort. 
    • In the event of a nuclear emergency at the Brunswick Nuclear Station, residents are encouraged to suspend travel north, and if ordered to evacuate to do so westward or southward. The Town of Carolina Shores is outside of the 10 mile Emergency Planning Zone of the Brunswick Nuclear Station, but resident travel northbound may be restricted or impossible during a nuclear emergency at the Brunswick Nuclear Station
    • Brunswick Nuclear Station Information: Duke Energy Brunswick Station Emergency Preparedness
  • Emergency Management operations take precedence over routine operations during an emergency condition:

Residents are encouraged not to expect personalized service during an emergency condition. The Town will not: allow you to volunteer during the response to an emergency event (recovery volunteers are always welcome), allow you access to emergency communications traffic, respond to personalized calls for assistance or rescue (dial 911 if you are in immediate peril), evacuate you or your family, check on the status of your property, or any other type of non-emergency response service. During an emergency response and approximately 48hrs prior to an anticipated emergency event routine public services will be discontinued including: solid waste, routine maintenance activities, code compliance, building inspections, and planning/zoning. Your patience is appreciated while services are restored as part of the recovery phase of emergency operations.