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Dare County has two evacuation routes: Highway 64 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 West, especially those evacuating from Hatteras Island, Nags Head and Roanoke Island.



Highway 64


Highway 158


Highway 64 West has less congestion and traffic lights; allowing for constant speed. 




Traffic backups on Highway 158 will occur as traffic from the northern Outer Banks and surrounding counties converge onto Highway 158


Intersects with Interstate 95 allowing travelers to head north or south


Route may appear longer on GPS but typically faster than 158



Click here to download a PDF of the evacuation map. 


Dare County Evacuation Routes Map