Dare County has two evacuation routes: Highway 64/264 West and Highway 158 North
Evacuations are only called for when the lives and safety of those in the area being evacuated will be a risk. With seasonal increases in population and limited access on and off the barrier islands, major traffic delays will occur during evacuations. Once an evacuation has been called, to ensure your personal safety gather your belongings and leave as soon as possible. In addition to protecting yourself, doing so will save a significant amount of time in traffic while helping emergency officials as they prepare for, or respond to the incident.
Dare County Emergency Management encourages residents and visitors to consider using Highway 64/264 West, especially those evacuating from Hatteras Island, Nags Head and Roanoke Island. Traffic backups on Highway 158 will occur as traffic from the northern Outer Banks and surrounding counties converge onto Highway 158. Highway 64/264 West has less congestion and traffic lights; allowing for constant speed. This route intersects Interstate 95 allowing travelers to head north or south to their desired destination. While this route may appear longer on a map or GPS, it is typically faster than evacuating via Highway 158.