08/31/11

Hurricane Irene – Resources for Information

We have located a number of resources on the web for information about Hurricane Irene from road damage pictures and recovery information to organizations providing assistance. We have posted our resource list below for you to use. We will continue to add more as we find them.

Disclaimer: We aren’t associated with most of these sites, so please don’t hold us responsible for the information that they post.

Surf or Sound Hurricane Irene FAQ page
http://hatterasblog.surforsound.com/all-posts/hurricane-irene-frequently-asked-questions-faqs-3/

Outer Banks Relief Foundation Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Outer-Banks-Relief-Foundation-Inc/125544880812944?sk=wall

Outer Banks hurricane help forum
http://helpobx.com/

Outer Banks Community Foundation – to make a donation
http://www.obcf.org/makeagift.htm

Hatteras Island vs. Hurricane Irene Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/HatterasIslandvsIreneAug2011

NCDOT NC12 Flickr page
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ncdot/6167470668/in/photostream/

NCDOT NC12 recovery website
http://www.ncdot.gov/travel/nc12recovery/default.html

NCDOT NC12 Twitter feed
http://twitter.com/#!/ncdot_nc12

Travel Guard travel insurance Description of Coverage
http://content.travelguard.com/adx/aspx/adxGetMedia.aspx?DocID=7895

Travel Guard travel insurance information
http://content.travelguard.com/adx/aspx/adxGetMedia.aspx?DocID=8244

Gene Conti- Secretary of NCDOT Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gene-Conti-Secretary-of-NC-Department-of-Transportation/96402146984

NCDOT NC 12 – Hurricane Irene August 27, 2011
Locations of breaches to NC 12 caused by Hurricane Irene on August 27, 2011.
http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msa=0&msid=213110963039440998316.0004aba90bb1fd332a5e8&ie=UTF8&vpsrc=6&z=11

NC Emergency Mgmt on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/NCEmergencyManagement

Disaster Assistance website
http://www.disasterassistance.gov/

Video of road breaches – however it is not near Avon as the heading states, it is north of Rodanthe
http://www.wavy.com/dpp/weather/hurricane/highway-12-washed-out-road

NOAA Hurricane Irene Response Imagery Viewer
http://ngs.woc.noaa.gov/storms/irene/index.html

Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cape-Hatteras-Electric-Cooperative/125909047474233

Dare County Emergency Mgmt Bulletins
http://darenc.com/EmgyMgmt/Alert/index.asp

NCDOT Newsroom
http://www.ncdot.gov/newsroom/

NCDOT Twitter Feed
http://twitter.com/#!/ncdot_ncoast

Dare County official declaration of mandatory evacuation
http://darenc.com/EmgyMgmt/Alert/EvacuationOrder.pdf

Photos of NC-12 breaches
https://picasaweb.google.com/100418429005758619418/NC12HurricaneIrene?authus

Hatteras Island Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/HatterasIsland

Beach 104.1 local radio station Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Beach-104-WCXL-FM/207072707785

Articles in the News highlighting Irene’s destruction on Hatteras Island:

http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/three-weeks-after-hurricane-irene-hatteras-remains-in-tatters/Content?oid=2661587#.TnsEBoKiasE.facebook

http://www.islandfreepress.org/2011Archives/09.22.2011-ThoseLeftHomelessOnHatterasAreLivingANomadicLifestyle.html

Videos:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FqFZW6pwD4


08/29/11

Hurricane Irene Frequently Asked Questions – FAQs

Hello everyone, we thought it would be a good idea to take the most frequently asked questions from our Facebook page and answer them here. We hope this helps to answer some of your questions. We will be updating this page regularly throughout the evacuation.

Last updated 9/19/11 11:30am

Are you phones working and is your office open?
Our Avon office is open and accepting check-ins for reservations in Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras. Our phones are working but we have limited staff to answer the calls. Please be patient with us.

Why can’t we get through on your phone number?
We have phone service but very few people to answer calls. Please be patient with us.

We were supposed to check in to a home in the tri-village the weekend of September 17th, what should we do?
Dare County supplied the official notice that there will be no visitor access to Rodanthe, Waves or Salvo until “sometime after 9/29/11″. We have forwarded this notice onto the travel insurance company so that they may begin to process your claims for the week of September 17/18. Please contact Travel Guard directly at 1-877-254-8842 with any questions you may have about this process.

We were supposed to check in to a home in Avon the weekend of September 17th, what should we do?
Dare County opened the villages of Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras via ferry from Swan Quarter or Cedar Island through Ocracoke to the Hatteras Village ferry dock starting at 7:00am September 15th. Our Avon office is open for check-ins.
For those who purchased travel insurance, since the ferry was available this week to get you to your rental and it was not your “original mode of transportation” you may file a claim with Travel Guard. We have forwarded the official notice to the travel insurance company so that they may begin to process your claims for the week of September 17/18. Please contact Travel Guard directly at 1-877-254-8842 with any questions you may have about this process.

We were supposed to check in to a home in the tri-village the weekend of September 24th, what should we do?
Dare County supplied the official notice that there will be no visitor access to Rodanthe, Waves or Salvo until “sometime after 9/29/11″.
We realize that guests who have reservations for stays more than 30 days from the evacuation order are not able to process their insurance claims. If you have a reservation in Rodanthe, Waves or Salvo for the week of 9/24 and have purchased travel insurance, we are trying to find ways to help and are providing answers as we get them. If you did not purchase travel insurance, we do understand your disappointment but we cannot offer any refunds or other accommodations.

We were supposed to check in to our home the weekend of September 24th, what should we do?
Dare County opened the villages of Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras to visitors via ferry from Swan Quarter or Cedar Island through Ocracoke to the Hatteras Village ferry dock starting at 7:00am September 15th. Our Avon office is open for your check-in.
For those of you who intend to come for vacation, ferry reservations are required for a portion of the trip. Whether or not you purchased travel insurance, we encourage you to keep watching for openings on the ferry for both your arrival and departure. Reservations could open at any point and we don’t want you to miss your opportunity to come. Call 1-800-293-3779 (press 2) or online at www.ncferry.org.
Please call us at 1-800-237-1138 when you make your ferry reservation so that we may prepare your home.

We have a vacation home in the tri-village, can we switch to a home in the open part of the island, Avon, Frisco, Buxton or Hatteras?
We do not have the ability to transfer funds to another reservation in a southern home and we have very few undamaged homes with availability. Since final damage reports are still in process we won’t know if it will be in rental condition until the last minute and don’t want to offer you any false hope.

Can I switch my week for another week in the future?
If you have a reservation in Rodanthe, Waves or Salvo for the week of 9/24 and have purchased travel insurance, we are trying to find ways to help and are providing answers as we get them. If you did not purchase travel insurance, we do understand your disappointment but we cannot offer any refunds or other accommodations.
If you have a reservation for Avon, Buxton, Frisco or Hatteras, whether or not you purchased travel insurance, we encourage you to keep watching for openings on the ferry. Reservations could open at any point and we don’t want you to miss your opportunity to come. We have noted your request and do appreciate your patience with us.

When will we know whether we should expect to come for our vacation scheduled after this week?
At this point we don’t know when the road work will be complete or how long the access to Rodanthe, Waves and Salvo will be restricted beyond 9/29/11. As soon as we have an idea we will contact any guests whose vacations will be affected.

How do I know if the home I have rented is damaged?
We are still assessing the condition of the homes for habitability and will notify you prior to your check-in date if your home will not be habitable for your vacation.

How long will it take to repair Highway 12?
Unfortunately we don’t know how long it will take to restore access to the island by NC-12, and we wait along with you for information from Dare County and NCDOT. Currently, NCDOT has stated that the road should be repaired by the first week in October, depending on weather conditions. We are hopeful that the road will be repaired quickly. While Rodanthe, Waves and Salvo remain closed until “sometime after 9/29/11″, there is currently access to Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras via ferry from Swan Quarter through Ocracoke.

Do you have information on what to expect from the ferry service?
This link contains all of the faq’s regarding the ferry access: http://www.ncdot.gov/download/transit/ferry/app_reservation_faq.pdf

We heard that the evacuation was lifted.
Dare County opened access to Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras to visitors on 9/15/11 via ferry service from Swan Quarter or Cedar Island through Ocracoke to the Hatteras Village ferry docks. Access to Rodanthe, Waves and Salvo is still restricted at this time. Further announcements will be made by NCDOT when the road is complete and/or ferry service is available for residents and visitors.

Can we be moved to a home not on Hatteras Island?

We only manage homes on Hatteras Island. If your home sustained significant damage, we will call your leaseholder to discuss options. In this case, no news is good news.

Are any companies in the northern beaches offering flexibility to reserve an alternate vacation home since we cannot come to Hatteras Island?
Yes, some companies in the northern beaches are working with our guests to find alternative vacation plans These companies are not associated with Surf or Sound Realty and you will need to make a new reservation with them:
Resort Realty 800-458-3830
Seaside Realty (866) 884-0267
Joe Lamb Jr. 800-552-6257
Carolina Designs 800-368-3825
Twiddy (866) 457-1190
Village Realty 877-546-5362
Paramount Destinations 866-753-3045

Will we get a refund for our vacation?
We understand the frustration and disappointment that this causes our guests, but we do not offer refunds for hurricanes. This is our published policy and always has been. However, we do offer travel insurance for this reason. Our guests with insurance who had reservations for vacations between 8/20 and 9/18 have been able to file claims with the insurance company for refunds.

We realize that guests who have reservations for stays more than 30 days from the evacuation order are not able to process their insurance claims. If you have a reservation in Rodanthe, Waves or Salvo for the week of 9/24 and have purchased travel insurance, we are trying to find ways to help and are providing answers as we get them. If you did not purchase travel insurance, we do understand your disappointment but we cannot offer any refunds or other accommodations.
If you have a reservation for Avon, Buxton, Frisco or Hatteras, whether or not you purchased travel insurance, we encourage you to keep watching for openings on the ferry. Reservations could open at any point and we don’t want you to miss your opportunity to come.

For ferry reservations call 1-800-293-3779 (press 2) or reserve online at www.ncferry.org. Please call us at 1-800-237-1138 when you make your ferry reservation so that we may prepare your home.

We purchased travel insurance, but Travel Guard is telling us that our vacation falls outside of the 30 day window. What does this mean for our vacation?
We realize that guests who have reservations for stays more than 30 days from the evacuation order are not able to process their insurance claims. If you have a reservation in Rodanthe, Waves or Salvo for the week of 9/24 and have purchased travel insurance, we are trying to find ways to help and are providing answers as we get them. If you did not purchase travel insurance, we do understand your disappointment but we cannot offer any refunds or other accommodations. If you have a reservation for Avon, Buxton, Frisco or Hatteras, whether or not you purchased travel insurance, we encourage you to keep watching for openings on the ferry. Reservations could open at any point and we don’t want you to miss your opportunity to come.

Where can we get official documentation of the evacuation?
Check www.darenc.com for official announcements from Dare County. Click here for the mandatory evacuation order.

What if we miss some of our vacation due to the evacuation and impassable road?
If you have purchased travel insurance, you should call Travel Guard directly to start your claim. The number is 1-877-254-8842. They have all of the official documentation they need to start your claim. You can also find official evacuation notices at www.darenc.com.

Can we purchase travel insurance now if we haven’t already?
The insurance company will not cover Hurricane Irene if you did not purchase coverage before it became a named storm.

Do we need a policy number to file an insurance claim and how do we get one?
You don’t need a policy number to file your claim. Simply call Travel Guard at 1-877-254-8842 and give them your reservation number found on your lease or your confirmation email.

What if we are scheduled to make our final payment this week?
We understand that there is uncertainty about access to the island and your rental home for your scheduled vacation. However, you have a lease confirming your reservation and you have a legal obligation to make the payment. Our Avon office is open and mail service is working. If you need to make arrangements for payment please give us a call at 1-800-237-1138 or send us an email with your situation so that we may note your reservation and reply to you accordingly.


08/28/11

Dare County Partial Re-entry – NOT for Hatteras Island

The Dare County Control Group has announced the beginning of a limited re-entry procedure to portions of Dare County, to be done in priority phases, beginning at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, August 28 for Residents and Property Owners. However, The 2:00 p.m. limited re-entry procedure will not include access to Hatteras Island or the Town of Duck.

Hatteras Island is not accessible due to multiple areas of overwash on Hwy 12 north of Rodanthe.

The Town of Duck is not accessible, at this time, because of impassable roads.

Other than Hatteras Island & the Town of Duck, the 2:00 p.m. limited re-entry applies to –

PRIORITY 1 – ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL

(Yellow Card)
Utilities, Government, Damage Assessment Teams, Medical/Health care, Hotel Employees

PRIORITY 2 – RESIDENTS & CRITICAL BUSINESSES

Light Blue Card)
Non-Resident Essential Personnel – Food Service/Supply, Drug Stores, Banks, Gas Stations, Property Management, Insurance, Building Supply, Local Contractors, Tree Removal.

PRIORITY 3 – PROPERTY OWNERS & NON-RESIDENT BUSINESSES

Re-entry Sticker from 2008/2009 or drivers license with Dare County address or tax bill)

IMPORTANT NOTE:
Further assessments are needed before re-entry will be permitted to Priority 4 for Visitors and the General Public. At this time, there is no re-entry for Visitors and the General Public. Look for further bulletins from Dare County Emergency Management for this information.

On Hatteras Island electric and phone service crews are on site and working to restore service as quickly as possible. NCDOT is making arrangements to deliver emergency supplies to Hatteras Island, but there will be no transport of people at this time.

People who have been displaced by the storm should call 252-475-5655. Although non-evacuees needed to be able to sustain themselves for at least 72 hours, food and shelter will be made available to those in need as quickly as possible.

Additional information –

The Town of Duck
Until further notice NC 12 through the Town of Duck is closed due to impassable roads caused by standing water and significant debris that will damage vehicles. Side roads also have debris at this time. Town personnel are still assessing storm damage. Status after initial assessment has revealed significant sound side damage. It is strongly advised that any residents still in Duck stay in their homes. It is dangerous to be out and about at this time. Water supply north of the Duck tower will be shut off due to a major line break. The water break and impassable roads will make it difficult for fire personnel to respond. Fire protection compromised. All those in Duck advised to not use open flames for lighting or cooking purposes. The Town of Duck is NOT letting anyone in at this time. There will be no exceptions. Anyone attempting to come to Duck will be turned around at Plover Dr. At such time that conditions allow NC 12 through Duck will be reopened. It is not expected that opening will be imminent.

The Town of Nags Head
Nags Head experienced flooding from the sound. Crews are currently assessing damage. Nags Head’s beach nourishment project, a first for the Outer Banks area, has proven its worth. There was no ocean overwash as a result of Irene, despite high surf. Little damage to utilities – some spotty power outages. Town Hall is open tomorrow, Monday, with limited services. Building permits will be available starting Tuesday at 8:30 am. Town of Nags Head employees should call the Town’s pre-arranged information line or check the web site for re-entry information. They can also contact their supervisors for additional information. Please report any hazardous materials such as LP tanks, to 911.

Updates and bulletins will be issued on an as needed basis and will be available on www.darenc.com and Government Access Channel 20.


08/28/11

Dare County Press Conference Hurricane Irene Update – 8/28/11 1:20pm

Dare County announced this afternoon that they are still assessing damage on Hatteras Island. NC-12 has been breached in 3 locations including a few hundred yards just north of Rodanthe. It is impassable at this point to gain access to the island. They are meeting later today to discuss re-entry onto the Outer Banks however, due to the condition of NC-12, don’t expect access to Hatteras Island to be immediate. We will post as soon as they give us an idea of repair timing.

If you have purchased Travel Insurance, call 1-877-254-8842 directly. They are available 24/7 to answer your questions. However, if you are due to arrive this week you will probably need to wait to see how many days of your vacation are affected before you can file a claim.

We sincerely hope that you will be able to gain access to your vacation home this week. We want nothing more than for you to enjoy your vacation with us this year.


08/24/11

Dare County Orders Evacuation of All Visitors – Hurricane Irene Update 8/24: 7:13PM

The Dare County Control Group has ordered a mandatory evacuation for all visitors throughout all of Dare County effective 8:00 a.m., Thursday, August 25.

All visitors are urged to make preparations and leave the area. Dare County Emergency Management urges visitors to take all personal belongings with them during evacuation. Other preparation steps are available at www.ReadyNC.org and www.darenc.com

Although the mandatory evacuation order is for all Dare County visitors, residents are advised to take proper precautions and make general storm preparations. This effort should include securing all loose items outdoors. Monitor local news outlets for further advisories from the National Weather Service and state and local emergency management officials.

The Dare County Control Group will meet again on Thursday, August 25 after the 5:00 p.m. storm advisory has been issued by the National Hurricane Center. Further evacuations should be anticipated as Irene moves closer to the Outer Banks.

At this time there are no new reentry stickers being issued. The previously issued stickers, for 2008/2009, are still valid. Residents can also use a North Carolina driver’s license showing a Dare County address. Property owners may use a Dare County tax bill with proper identification for reentry.

A high rip current risk remains in effect, through Thursday evening, south of Rodanthe, NC.

All NPS Campgrounds, Ocracoke, Frisco, Cape Point and Oregon Inlet, closed at noon today and the reservation system has been temporarily suspended. The Silver Lake Marina NPS docks closed at noon today and the Ocracoke Visitor Center, Hatteras Island, Bodie Island and Wright Brothers and Fort Raleigh Visitor Centers will remain open until close of business today and then will remain closed until further notice.
Previously scheduled evening programs for August 24 are cancelled. Lifeguard beach operations at Ocracoke, Buxton, and Coquina Beach closed at 5:00 p.m. today until further notice.

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse closed at 6:00 p.m. today until further notice. All park special programs scheduled for Founder’s Day, Thursday, August 25th, have been cancelled. Regularly scheduled Fall Interpretive programming will resume after the storm passes the area.

The Flags Over Hatteras event, scheduled for August 25-28, has been postponed until further notice.

Ocracoke beaches are closed to off-road vehicles and all other beaches in the National Seashore will close to off-road vehicles by 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 25th.

Dare County garbage pickup will be done on a regular basis through Friday, August 26.

The Town of Nags Head will collect ALL residential trash on Friday, August 26. There will be will no residential or commercial trash collection on Saturday, August 27. The recycling trailers located at Nags Head Town Hall and at the Huron Street public beach access will be not be available until after Hurricane Irene has passed. All commercial recycling is suspended until after the storm. The bulk item/brush drop off yard located across from Nags Head Public Works will be closed Saturday, August 27.

Updates and bulletins will be issued on an as needed basis and will be available on www.darenc.com and Government Access Channel 20.

As soon as we have more information available, we will post a message on our Facebook page and here on our Blog site.

www.facebook.com/surforsound and http://hatterasblog.surforsound.com/


08/24/11

Hurricane Irene Update 8/24 – 3:00 PM

Dare County Activates the Joint Information Section

The Dare County Control Group has activated the Joint Information Section (JIS) in preparation for Hurricane Irene. All information regarding local government agencies in Dare County will be released through this source effective today.

Dare County Emergency Management is closely monitoring reports from the National Hurricane Center and plans are in place to handle whatever contingency may arise. Residents and visitors are encouraged to monitor local news outlets for further advisories from the National Weather Service and state and local emergency management officials.

The Dare County Control Group will meet later today, after the 5:00 p.m. storm advisory has been issued by the National Hurricane Center, to further assess the situation and take whatever action is necessary to assure public safety. Although Hyde County has issued an evacuation order for Ocracoke, there have been no evacuation orders issued, at this time, for any portion of Dare County.

Residents and visitors should now be making general storm preparations. This effort should include securing property and making contingency plans for evacuation, in the event an evacuation is ordered. Predetermining a destination is recommended. If an evacuation is ordered, consider calling ahead to make arrangements. During storm events, there are no emergency shelters operated in Dare County. North Carolina Emergency Management will operate shelters elsewhere and information will be announced later as it is made available.

The Ferry Division of NCDOT is assisting with the evacuation of Ocracoke Island running regular departure times from Ocracoke to Hatteras on a first-come, first-serve basis. All other ferry routes will continue to operate normal schedules until such time as they are required to tie up vessels for safety.

Rip current hazards are at a high risk in southern portions of Dare County including Hatteras Island. Wind and wave conditions at this time support a dangerous rip current advisory and are life threatening to anyone entering the surf.

In anticipation of this weather event, all NPS Campgrounds, Ocracoke, Frisco, Cape Point and Oregon Inlet, will close at noon today. The Ocracoke Campground reservation system has been temporarily suspended. The Silver Lake Marina NPS docks will close at noon today, Wednesday, August 24, 2011. The Ocracoke Visitor Center, Hatteras Island, Bodie Island and Wright Brothers and Fort Raleigh Visitor Centers will remain open until close of business today, Wednesday, August 24, 2011, then will remain closed until further notice. Previously scheduled evening programs for August 24 are cancelled. Lifeguard beach operations at Ocracoke, Buxton, and Coquina Beach will close at 5:00 p.m. today, Wednesday, August 24, 2011 until further notice.

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse will close at 6:00 p.m. today until further notice. All park special programs scheduled for Founder’s Day, Thursday, August 25th, have been cancelled. Regularly scheduled Fall Interpretive programming will resume after the storm passes the area.

The Flags Over Hatteras event, scheduled for August 25-28, has been postponed until further notice.

Ocracoke beaches will be closed to off-road vehicles by 6:00 p.m. today and all other beaches in the National Seashore will close to off-road vehicles by 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 25th.

Dare County garbage pickup will be done on a regular basis through Friday, August 26.

The Town of Duck Emergency Operations Team has met and is preparing for the event.

The Town of Nags Head is watching Hurricane Irene closely. At this point, there are no changes to operating hours or Town services.

Contractors are reminded by the Dare County Planning Department to secure all loose materials at job sites.

Updates and bulletins will be issued on an as needed basis and will be available on www.darenc.com and Government Access Channel 20.

As soon as we have more information available, we will post a message on our Facebook page and here on our Blog site.

www.facebook.com/surforsound and http://hatterasblog.surforsound.com/


08/24/11

NC DOT Plans For Likely Closure of N.C. 12

The Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 12:28 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 12:28 p.m.

North Carolina transportation officials planning for the arrival of Hurricane Irene say they are prepared for damage to the main highway and bridge serving the Outer Banks.

DOT spokeswoman Nicole Meister said Wednesday that workers are positioning heavy equipment on Hatteras Island to keep N.C. 12 open as long as it is safe for crews to work. The island highway is routinely covered with water and sand during big storms.

Immediately after the storm, workers will inspect the aging Bonner Bridge. The two-lane span is the only link to the mainland for Outer Banks residents. Meister says the bridge will not be opened unless engineers are sure it is safe.

Ferries will be standing by to handle vehicle traffic if the road remains closed following the hurricane.

As soon as we have more information available, we will post a message on our Facebook page and here on our Blog site.

www.facebook.com/surforsound and http://hatterasblog.surforsound.com/


08/24/11

National Park Service Visitor Centers, Campgrounds and Beach Closures Due to Threat of Hurricane Irene

The National Weather Service is predicting that the effects of Hurricane Irene will impact the Outer Banks Group units, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Wright Brothers National Memorial, by Friday, August 26, 2011 with storm conditions continuing through Sunday, August 28, 2011.

In anticipation of this weather event, all NPS Campgrounds, Ocracoke, Frisco, Cape Point and Oregon Inlet, will close at noon today, Wednesday, August 24, 2011. The Ocracoke Campground reservation system has been temporarily suspended. The Silver Lake Marina NPS docks will close at noon today, Wednesday, August 24, 2011. The Ocracoke Visitor Center, Hatteras Island, Bodie Island and Wright Brothers and Fort Raleigh Visitor Centers will remain open until close of business today, Wednesday, August 24, 2011, then will remain closed until further notice. Previously scheduled evening programs for August 24 are cancelled. Lifeguard beach operations at Ocracoke, Buxton, and Coquina Beach will close at 5:00 p.m. today, Wednesday, August 24, 2011 until further notice.

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse will close at 6:00 p.m. today, Wednesday, August 24th until further notice. All park special programs scheduled for Founder’s Day, Thursday, August 25th, have been cancelled. Regularly scheduled Fall Interpretive programming will resume after the storm passes the area.

The Flags Over Hatteras event, scheduled for August 25-28, has been postponed until further notice due to the threat of Hurricane Irene.

In preparation for the storm, Ocracoke beaches will be closed to off-road vehicles by 6:00 p.m. today, Wednesday, August 24th; all other beaches in the National Seashore will close to off-road vehicles by 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 25th.

As soon as we have more information available, we will post a message on our Facebook page and here on our Blog site.

www.facebook.com/surforsound and http://hatterasblog.surforsound.com/


08/24/11

Hurricane Irene Guest Information for August 24, 2011 – 10:30AM

We are asking visitors to be mindful of Hurricane Irene that could be arriving near the Outer Banks between Saturday and Sunday.

Irene could produce very strong winds and very high surf conditions. Serious ocean over-wash and soundside flooding are possible, which could impact access on and off the island.

If you are due to arrive this weekend:

At this point we do not know what to expect for Saturday check-in.

Guests should monitor weather news outlets for further advisories from the National Weather Service.

Dare County Emergency Management has not yet released a statement regarding recommended actions for Irene. Bulletins will be issued as needed and available at www.darenc.com. Hyde County has already issued an evacuation order for Ocracoke Island visitors in effect Wednesday morning at 5AM. The ferry will be running on a first-come-first-served basis during the evacuation.

If you have questions regarding entry onto Hatteras Island, please visit www.darenc.com for update bulletins from Dare County Emergency Management. Please be aware that entry on the island could still be prohibited even after the storm has passed due to potential impassable conditions on NC 12.

This is the only information we have available at this time. As soon as we have information available, we will post a message on our Facebook page and here on our Blog site.

www.facebook.com/surforsound and http://hatterasblog.surforsound.com/

If you have questions regarding travel insurance that you have purchased, please call Travel Guard directly at 1-877-254-8842. They are available 24/7 to answer your questions.

Thank you very much for choosing Surf or Sound Realty and for your patience and understanding through the storm. Please travel safely and we look forward to seeing you soon.

If you are currently staying in one of our homes:

Guests should monitor local news outlets for further advisories from the National Weather Service.

Please don’t forget to put trash cans out to the road for pickup. (Buxton, Frisco, Hatteras – Wednesday night ; Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo and Avon – Thursday night)

If you elect to leave early before an evacuation is ordered to avoid driving in unfavorable conditions and traffic, please drop off your keys at the office prior to leaving so that we are aware that you are leaving the home. We are also requesting your help in preparing your home for the storm.

Please be sure to securely close and lock all exterior doors and windows as this will help to prevent wind driven rain from entering the home.

Pick up all loose items outside such as pool toys and beach equipment and secure them in the outside shower or screen porch.

It is very important to secure the hot tub cover with the straps provided. If straps are missing or you cannot secure the hot tub cover for some reason please let us know that you need assistance.

Thank you very much for staying with Surf or Sound and for assisting us in preparing for Hurricane Irene. Please travel safely and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

Your friends at Surf or Sound Realty.


08/23/11

Surf or Sound Realty Teams Up With Cape Hatteras Wounded Warriors Vacation Project

It’s no wonder so many people choose Hatteras Island as their vacation destination of choice. The beautiful weather, the gorgeous beaches, and the laid back, easy going attitude all of the locals seem to share.

When a couple of locals decided they wanted to start the Cape Hatteras Wounded Warriors Vacation Project, it came as no surprise to us that they would want to share the island’s natural beauty with those that have been wounded while fighting for our country’s freedom.

Kevin McCabe of Buxton and John McGee of Frisco are sons of Marines and founders of the project. They are working with the Military Order of The Purple Heart and the Wounded Warriors-Battalion East, both out of Camp LeJeune, NC. WWBn-E focuses on caring for and helping wounded Marines and Sailors.

The Wounded Warriors Vacation Project relies on donations from the community to give the selected service men or women and their families a relaxing vacation on Hatteras Island with little or no out-of-pocket expenses. Gift cards and certificates have been donated to everything from restaurants and grocery stores, to gas, fishing trips, parks, lighthouse climbs, parasailing, horseback riding, and air tours.

One of Surf or Sound Realty’s homeowners graciously donated a week’s stay at their condo, making it possible for David Donchess and his wife, Kim, to enjoy a much needed vacation at the beach. David is a Marine, stationed at

David and Kim Donchess

David and Kim Donchess

Marine Corps Base Camp LeJeune , NC. He heard about the Wounded Warriors Vacation Project through his chain of command at Wounded Warrior Battalion-East and was chosen as a recipient for a vacation this week.

David was wounded in Afghanistan in 2010. He has traumatic brain injury, injuries to his knees and right hip, shrapnel to his back, amongst other injuries. David knew from age twelve, after September 11th, 2001, that he wanted to join the military. “I wanted to serve my country and felt the military was the best way I could contribute. I chose the Marine Corps specifically because my uncle Bill is a former Marine and I very much respect and admire him as a man,” said David.

David met his wife, Kim, online and the pair married this past January. They are both excited for their vacation on Hatteras Island and extremely humbled at the generosity the local community has shown them. They can’t wait to explore the island, do some fishing and learn about the local history. David added, “We are also looking forward to some much needed R&R and being able to spend uninterrupted time together.”

For more WW Vacation Project information, call John McGee at (252) 995-2924 or Kevin McCabe at (252) 995-4788. You can also email them at kmbythesea@charter.net.

A BBQ Dinner Fundraiser for the Wounded Warriors Vacation Project is taking place Thursday, August 25th from 10:00am to 2:00pm at the Buxton Fire House. For more information on the event, check out our Facebook page.

Donations are always accepted to make more vacations for wounded vets like David possible. You can make donations by check or money order only to Military Order of the Purple Heart. Please write on the memo line: for WW-Hatteras Vacation Fund. Send checks to WW-Hatteras, P.O. Box 431, Frisco, NC 27936. Make gift certificates to Purple Heart Recipient.