Declaration of a State of Emergency

Town of North Topsail Beach


Hurricane Isaias

August 1, 2020

WHEREAS, Hurricane Isaias is currently a Category 1 Hurricane that has already left 300 to 400,000 people without power in the Dominican Republic and could hit the southeast coast of the continental United States as early as this weekend; and

WHEREAS, the Hurricane is projected to impact North Topsail Beach early next week, likely beginning Monday morning, by producing heavy rains, flooding, dangerous storm surge and other storm-related factors that pose a risk to life and property; and

WHEREAS, as a result of the above-described hurricane, I have determined that there is a threat of or existing conditions that may cause widespread or severe damage, injury, or loss of life or property, and public safety authorities will be unable to maintain public order or afford adequate protection for lives or property in a manner consistent with our normal standards; and

WHEREAS, the Town of North Topsail Beach is already under a State of Emergency for the conditions surrounding a pandemic (“COVID-19 State of Emergency”). This Declaration of a State of Emergency (“Hurricane Isaias State of Emergency”) is independent of and in addition to the previously issued COVID-19 State of Emergency. Nothing contained herein shall be construed to alter the COVID-19 State of Emergency, and in declaring the Hurricane Isaias State of Emergency, there is no intent to alter the provisions of the standing COVID-19 State of Emergency in any way. The provisions of the Hurricane Isaias State of Emergency are freestanding until specifically declared otherwise; and

WHERAS, in declaring a State of Emergency for Hurricane Isaias and imposing the restrictions and prohibitions ordered herein is necessary to maintain order and protect public health, safety, and welfare, and to secure property; and

NOW, THEREFORE, pursuant to the authority vested in me as the Mayor of North Topsail Beach under Article 1A of Chapter 166A of the North Carolina General Statutes, the following conditions and prohibitions are in effect with this Declaration:

Section 1. A State of Emergency is hereby declared within the jurisdiction of North Topsail Beach.

Section 2. The emergency area covered by this state of emergency shall be the territorial limits of the Town of North Topsail Beach.

Section 3. Declarations will be issued for evacuation, curfew, and other prohibitions and restrictions as circumstances merit.

Section 4. This Declaration shall take effect on August 2, 2020 at 06:00 PM and shall remain in effect until modified or rescinded.