Personal Preparedness

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The Town of Kill Devil Hills offers the following important facts and ideas to help you formulate a plan to provide for the safety and protection of you, your family and property. Before a hurricane or other storm event occurs:

  • Take videos or photographs of your home’s contents. An inventory will be very helpful, too.
  • Identify and become familiar with evacuation routes.
  • Stay informed by following local news sources and weather forecasts. NOAA radio can provide important storm information. Public advisories may be issued by the Dare County Control Group or Dare County Emergency Management and they can be found at and and on the opening page of this website. You can sign up for automatic e-mail advisories on the Emergency Management portion of Dare County’s website,
  • The Kill Devil Hills Fire Department, 1634 North Croatan Highway, will fly hurricane flags as necessary – one flag means a hurricane watch; two flags mean a hurricane warning. Other warning flags will also fly at beach access points to advise dangerous surf conditions.
  • Follow the advisories and/or evacuation orders issued by the Dare County Control Group and Dare County Emergency Management. Any order to evacuate, leave the Outer Banks, has been carefully considered to protect property and life.
  • Road conditions can be obtained from the North Carolina Department of Transportation by dialing 511 on your phone.
  • When preparing your property for a storm, secure all outside items than cannot be brought inside, including your roll-out cart for solid waste collection. Such items can easily become airborne in strong winds.
  • Move items to higher levels inside if they could be affected by rising water.
  • Take the precaution to fill your vehicle with fuel well ahead of evacuation.