Emergency management teams prepare for hurricane season in the Outer Banks

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MANTEO, N.C. - Dare County Emergency Management has quickly prepared for Hurricane Season.

Summer is almost here, which means tourists and possibly hurricanes will be near the Outer Banks.

Knowing what to do and what to expect is top priority to the Emergency Management team in Dare County.

"We encourage people during this time of year to make sure that their supply kits are in stock, to do an insurance check up and to sign up for email alerts from darecountyem.com," said Sara Small, Media Specialist.

Whether you are a resident or a tourist of the Outer Banks, staying informed, making an evacuation plan and having a supply kit are a few things that will prepare you for the hurricane season.

Click here for our Hurricane Resource Guide

If you are vacationing on the Outer Banks, contact your accommodations provider for instructions. Do not wait to evacuate, visitors maybe evacuated before residents.

After Hurricane Irene hit Manteo on August 27, 2011, the county put up a high water marker that read 7 feet and 11 inches above sea level.

On Friday, there will be a Hurricane Preparedness and Safety Open House event that is open to property owners and residents. The event is from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Nags Head Fire Station 16, located at 5314 S. Croatan Highway.

There will be supply kits and local insurance companies at the free event.

Local government planning department officials will be available to educate participants on flood zones and pro-active measures.

For more information and to stay informed during this hurricane season visit DareCountyEM.com.