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Hyde County Evacuation Procedures

In the event of an evacuation order, Hyde County Residents and Visitors should follow the recommendations and orders of the Hyde County Emergency Services Department. We will post any information regarding an evacuation on our website and social media outlets, as well as all local news outlets. 

While traveling during an evacuation, you can dial 511 for travel information and *HP from a mobile phone for help from the Highway Patrol.

Ocracoke Island

Ocracoke Island is only accessible by ferry, boat, or plane. As such, it is one of the more difficult areas to evacuate in a timely manner. When evacuation orders are given for the island, it is typically for visitors first. This decision is made by the Hyde County Board of Commissioners at the recommendation of the Ocracoke Deputy Control Group. The Deputy Control Group is a group of local business owners and infrastructure personnel (NCDOT Ferry Division, NCDOT, Tideland EMC, and Hyde County Emergency Services). 

When evacuating the island, we recommend using the sound ferries. These will take you directly to an approved hurricane evacuation route on a major highway (Hwy 264 and Hwy 70). Going north through Hatteras Island can cause more delays since they will likely be evacuating as well. Please pay attention to the press releases from the NCDOT ferry division and the County regarding the ferry schedule during a state of emergency as route schedules can change. During a state of emergency, all ferry reservations are suspended and ferries are boarded on a first come first serve basis. 

Mainland Hyde County

The evacuation routes for mainland Hyde County are as follows. Hwy 264 East, Hwy 94, and Hwy 45 North.