Storm resiliency in NC coastal county local areas is the early planning and preparation by municipal governments, agencies, and organizations to protect residents, property, land areas, beaches, natural resources, waterways, estuaries, or any asset from weather related events such as a hurricane, tropical storm, or nor’easter before they happen.
Effectively, each municipal city, town location and county government develops a set of approved plans which drive leaders on how best to prepare their areas for storms, to mitigate damage, and to aid in quicker disaster recovery.
When thinking about resiliency and developing discussions for this article using the no registration form below, consider the following list of sub-topics or start your own:
Stormwater runoff, beach nourishment, evacuation routes and guidelines, preventing and responding to beach and land erosion, drainage systems in city and town locations, coordinating emergency services and emergency management with state and federal officials, communications, mitigation of flooding, protecting natural resources, natural habitats, beaches, rivers, estuaries, the Atlantic Ocean, marine wildlife ecosystems, marshlands, maritime forests, and other environmental protections.
Other topics can include local governments interfacing with FEMA officials, early disaster recovery and humanitarian efforts, and dealing with basic human needs services such as water and electricity, responding to destruction of homes causing homelessness, providing emergency food to residents, and getting medical and emergency response services running again.
Although we’re located in Carteret County NC, the intention is for organizations, agencies, municipal and county leaders, and residents in Currituck, Dare, Hyde, Onslow, Pender, Brunswick, and New Hanover County to join the conversation on specific and unique ways your city and town locations are dealing with storm resiliency.
Coastal Resiliency Through Planning And Preparations For Future Storms
While early planning and preparations via a set of municipal approved plans focuses mainly on hurricanes, tropical storms, and nor’easters in coastal areas, any weather event causing disruption should trigger the use of protocols outlined within county, city, and town plans.
Considering the locations below, if you’re a member of a town council, planning board, mayor, commissioner, FEMA, emergency management official or other agency and you want to comment using your official credentials, please CONTACT US so we can verify your position and create you an account on this website.
Bird Island, Sunset Beach, Ocean Isle Beach, Shallotte, Varnamtown, Oak Island, Sunset Harbor, Bald Head Island, Caswell Beach, Holden Beach, and smaller towns and cities to the WEST of the Cape Fear River for inland areas. Main threats include storm surge and flooding of populated areas.
Bogue Sound, Emerald Isle, Salter Path, Pine Knoll Shores, Harkers Island, Morehead City, Beaufort, Newport, Atlantic Beach, Cedar Island, Cape Lookout, Shackleford Banks, Indian Beach, and all communities in what this area calls “down east” which is any community west of Beaufort. Considerable threats include major flooding and fast moving and rising water. Carteret County has numerous barrier islands which contain very vulnerable estuaries and marine mammal ecosystems.
Corolla, Carova, Point Harbor, Knotts Island, Jarvisburg, Currituck Sound, and the numerous game lands and wildlife refuges in the local area. Main risks and threats include flooding, surge, and risk to protected wetlands and wildlife habitats.
Cape Hatteras, Buxton, Salvo, Waves, Avon, Rodanthe, Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills, Kitty Hawk, Manteo, Stumpy Point, Wanchese, and the Pamlico Sound coastal habitats, wildlife refuges, reserves, and game lands. Risks in this region include transportation and evacuation from remote areas for a considerable population of vacationers and tourist, and getting equipment and supplies positioned before storms considering there is only one highway in to this remote area.
Ocracoke Island, Englehard, Middletown, Swanquarter, Fairfield, and Lake Mattamuskeet. Early planning and preparation in these remote areas can aid in disaster recovery and emergency aid mainly around flood risk during the consistent threat from hurricanes and tropical storms.
Wilmington, Carolina Beach, Kure and Wrightsville Beach, Sea Breeze, and areas EAST of the Cape Fear River. The main risks and threats here are disaster and emergency aid to a larger population.
Jacksonville, Hubert, Swansboro, North Topsail Beach, Sneads Ferry, New River Air Station, Camp Lejeune, and various smaller supporting military installations near Camp Lejeune.
Surf City, Topsail Island, Holly Ridge, and Hampstead.
Again, storm resiliency is the very early and ongoing preparations for coastal weather events aimed at mitigating risks and hazards, already having equipment and supplies in place, knowing where vulnerable areas are, having approved and coordinated written plans and protocols in place, and coordinating communications between local, state, and federal officials who can reduce threats and improve emergency aid and recovery.
Considering the NC county locations above, what are some ways mayors, commissioners, planning boards, and management officials in your local area are maximizing bouncing back after a nor’easter, hurricane, or tropical system?
In what ways are officials protecting the environment, responding to climate change, global warming, rising waters, and warming oceans which are having disastrous impacts on maritime habitats and ecosystems.
In recent years, many municipal government agencies are undertaking the process of early grant writing paperwork and applications which can greatly help the response time when applying for state and federal money. How is your NC county minimizing hazards through grant writing?
The author of this article is not affiliated with Carteret County NC government.