Protect Yourself & Your Family

Morehead City and the Carteret County Emergency Operations Center coordinate with the National Weather Service in issuing public warnings concerning expected floods and storms.

Local television and radio stations may announce weather advisories issued by the National Weather Service. These stations may also provide local weather information.

Emergency Alert Notifications

In Carteret County, including Morehead City, emergency alert notifications are provided via CodeRed, a reverse 911 call network. To receive these notifications, register online.

Local News

In the event of a flood hazard event:

  • Tune in to local radio stations, such as:
    • 91.5 (WBJD)
    • 96.3 (WRHT)
    • 90.7 (WOTJ)
    • 103.3 (WMGV)
    • 100.3 (WLGP)
    • 107.3 (WTKF)
    • 1330AM (WANG)
  • Tune into the local news channels such as:
    • WITN 7
    • WNCT 9
    • WCTI 12
    • Channel 10
    • Channel 14

Weather Radios

All hazard National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radios (NWR) are available for purchase in local electronic retail or department stores and provide access to the NOAA Weather Radio Frequencies 162.550 and 162.450.

What to Do When a Flood Is Imminent

  • If flooding threatens your home, turn off electricity at the main breaker. If you lose power, turn of all major appliances.
  • Turn off the gas and be alert for gas leaks. Use a flashlight to inspect for damage. Do not smoke or use candles, lanterns, or open flames unless you know that the gas has been turned off and the area has been ventilated.
  • Avoid low-lying areas. Seek shelter in the highest areas possible.
  • Never attempt to drive through flooded roadways. The most common cause of flood-related deaths is drowning. Floodwater can conceal damage underneath. As little as two feet of running water can carry away most vehicles, including SUVs. Turn around. Don't drown!
  • Stay away from power lines and electrical wires. The second most common flood-related killer is electrocution.

Flood Preparedness

  • Discuss your family emergency plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together, and what you will do in case of emergency.
  • Evacuation information, including evacuation routes, safety tips, timing, and recommended destinations, is included on the Carteret County Evacuation information page.
  • Information on public shelters which open following hurricane and other disaster events can be found on the Carteret County Public Shelters information page.
  • Carteret County's Emergency Operations Plan (PDF) can be downloaded.

Real-Time Gage Information Through FIMAN

You can also sign up for the North Carolina Flood Inundation Mapping and Alert Network (FIMAN) which provides rain and stage gauge data, flood inundation maps, flooding impacts and alerts in real-time to support risk-based decisions regarding flooding.

The FIMAN website provides real-time data on stream elevation, rainfall and weather parameters from over 550 gauges across North Carolina. Some sites may be rain or stage gages only while some may have weather data available. Many of these gauges are managed by the Division of Emergency Management (NCDEM) while some are operated by local government agencies and private organizations. 

Additionally, gauges from the U.S. Geological Survey are included in this network. This website also contains inundation maps at selected sites across the state as well as along entire river basins. Flooding risk information is provided for areas with inundation maps. For each incremental rise in flood waters buildings, roads, and infrastructure that would be impacted are identified. Information on water depth in each building affected along with estimated damage costs are displayed.