After a Hurricane

Recovering from a disaster is usually a gradual process. Safety is a primary issue, as are mental and physical well-being. If assistance is available, knowing how to access it makes the process faster and less stressful. This section offers some general advice on steps to take after disaster strikes in order to begin getting your home, your community, and your life back to normal.

Place debris in the road's right of way.

Debris Placement Example

Debris Removal

If your property fronts a Town street (green street sign), place your storm debris in the right of way next to the road (off the edge of the pavement).

If your property fronts a private road (brown street sign) and you usually use a dumpster, place your storm debris next to the dumpster and not in it. If debris is placed in the dumpster, the Town will be unable to empty it. The Town’s regular trash trucks are not equipped to handle storm debris.

Separate your storm debris by type-building materials, such as wood, in one pile, appliances in another pile, and vegetation in yet another pile. Please also separate clean sand from sand with debris.

More information regarding the scheduling of storm debris collection will be forthcoming.


Call Nags Head Public Works at 252-441-1122.

Repairs and Rebuilding 

If your property sustained damage and is in need of repairs, the Planning and Development Department is available to assist.  Please note that some repairs and flood protection measures may need a building permit, so be sure to consult with the Planning & Development Department.  As you repair and rebuild, consider building back smarter and safer.  This may mean elevation of heating living spaces or electrical equipment above base flood levels.  


Consult with Town staff who can advise property owners on mitigation measures appropriate for your property.  Call 252-441-7016  to speak with a qualified staff member.  Also, visit the Town's website at or for more information.