Updates Concerning February 2021 Tornado Event

03.08.2021

Note concerning donation questions and offers

At this time, Brunswick County Emergency Services and the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are not in need of further donations. We will provide an update if we can accommodate more donations in the future.

If you do want to support donations to support victims from Tuesday’s tornado, consider donating to the following groups. Make sure you contact these groups first to ensure they can accommodate the type of donation:

Affected individuals who still need assistance can contact Emergency Services at 910.253.5383.

Brunswick County extends its gratitude to the several residents, churches, and businesses who have offered their support to our emergency teams through donations of meals and debris/clean-up supplies.

 

Related >> ​Vegetative, construction and demolition debris pick up from recent tornado begins March 8 for identified roads

 

Brunswick County ends state of emergency for Feb. 15 tornado this Monday

MEDIA RELEASE

BOLIVIA, N.C. – Brunswick County Chairman Randy Thompson has terminated the state of emergency put in place following the Feb. 15 tornado that affected the Grissettown and Ocean Isle Beach areas effective this Monday, March 8, at 5 p.m.

A copy of the amended declaration is at https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/2021-03-08-SOE-Termination-Tornado.pdf

Individuals are still advised to take caution when traveling in the affected areas as crews clear debris and recovery efforts continue over the next several weeks.

Brunswick County declared the state of emergency Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 12 p.m. as a result of an EF-3 Category Tornado that made landfall in Brunswick County late Monday, Feb. 15.

For questions about assistance related to the tornado, contact Emergency Services at 910.253.5383.

Information about vegetative and construction and demolition debris collection efforts for identified roads is at https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/feb2021tornadodebris/

Find more information on how to prepare for potential tornadoes and how to sign up for emergency alerts at https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/tornado/

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Media Inquiries

For media inquiries, contact the Communications Director at 910.253.2995 or email meagan.kascsak@brunswickcountync.gov

County Contact Information & Virtual Services During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Brunswick County is urging individuals to visit our website and to call or email county departments for assistance first before visiting county offices. The County requires appointments for in-person visits. Not sure who to contact? Call our main line and we can help direct your calls.

  • Main County Contact Information: 910.253.2000 / 800.442.7033

Brunswick County Code Administration temporary satellite office hours extended through this Friday

MEDIA RELEASE

BOLIVIA, N.C. – Brunswick County Code Administration has extended the operation of a temporary satellite office to this Friday, Feb. 26 to assist affected homeowners with permits and questions related to the tornado.

The temporary office is at the Ocean Ridge Club House (351 Ocean Ridge Pkwy SW). Code Administration staff are available to assist from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Individuals from outside the Ocean Ridge Plantation community can notify the front gate that they are arriving to visit the temporary satellite office for entry.

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Brunswick County declares state of emergency in response to Feb. 16 tornado

MEDIA RELEASE

OCEAN ISLE BEACH, N.C. –  Brunswick County Chairman Randy Thompson declared a state of emergency effective 12 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17 in response to the loss of life, injuries, and properties damaged by the tornado that impacted the Ocean Isle Beach area early Tuesday morning.

A copy of the proclamation is at https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/2021-02-17-Proclamation-SOE-Tornado.pdf

If other measures become appropriate, this proclamation will be amended.

There are three confirmed fatalities and 10 confirmed injuries as a result of the tornado; at least 60 properties also sustained various damages. Public safety teams have transitioned to supporting recovery efforts for the affected areas of Ocean Isle Beach.

Any future updates will be shared at https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/emergency-services-responds-to-emergency-due-to-potential-tornado-2-16-21/

Individuals can sign up for updates via the County’s Sunshine or Emergency Updates lists at https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/info/email/

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Replay: Press Briefing with Governor Roy Cooper on Tornado Event in Ocean Isle Beach (Feb. 17, 2021)

OCEAN ISLE BEACH, N.C. – A replay of Wednesday afternoon’s press briefing with Governor Roy Cooper during his visit to Ocean Isle Beach following Tuesday morning’s tornado is on the Brunswick County YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/auA9FgFT69g

Any future updates if available will be shared at https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/emergency-services-responds-to-emergency-due-to-potential-tornado-2-16-21/

Individuals can sign up for updates via the County’s Sunshine or Emergency Updates lists at https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/info/email/

North Carolina Department of Insurance comes to Brunswick county Feb. 17 to assist tornado victims

Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey and the NC Department of Insurance team will be in Brunswick County Wednesday, Feb. 17 to assist tornado victims with their insurance needs. If you or someone you know suffered storm damage, visit their Victims Assistance Center Feb. 17 at the Lion’s Paw Clubhouse inside the Ocean Ridge Plantation subdivision.
 
351 Ocean Ridge Parkway SW
Ocean Isle, NC 28469
Wed. Feb. 17 at 9 a.m.
 

Brunswick County Code Administration opens temporary satellite office for tornado-related permits and questions

MEDIA RELEASE

OCEAN ISLE BEACH, N.C. – Brunswick County Code Administration has set up a temporary satellite office to assist with permits and questions related to the tornado that impacted the Ocean Isle Beach area this Tuesday.

The office is located at the Ocean Ridge Club House (351 Ocean Ridge Pkwy SW). Code Administration staff are available to assist from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Wednesday, Feb. 24.

Individuals from outside the Ocean Ridge Plantation community can notify the front gate that they are arriving to visit the temporary satellite office for entry.

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Replay: Brunswick County Press Briefing on Tornado Event in Ocean Isle Beach (Feb. 16, 2021)

MEDIA RELEASE

Ocean Isle Beach, N.C. – A recording of Tuesday afternoon’s press briefing about Brunswick County’s response to a tornadic event impacting the Ocean Ridge Plantation neighborhood in Ocean Isle Beach is now available on the Brunswick County YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/HewR5pTKQkM

Media that would like to request a copy of the press briefing file should contact Meagan Kascsak, Communications Director, at meagan.kascsak@brunswickcountync.gov

This is anticipated to be the final press briefing. Any future updates if available will be shared at https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/emergency-services-responds-to-emergency-due-to-potential-tornado-2-16-21/

Individuals can sign up for updates via the County’s Sunshine or Emergency Updates lists at https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/info/email/

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Advisory: Brunswick County holds second press briefing at 12 p.m. Tuesday

MEDIA ADVISORY

Ocean Isle Beach, N.C. – Brunswick County Emergency Services and the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office will hold a press briefing at 12 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16 to provide an update and answer media questions concerning their response efforts following a tornadic event impacting the Ocean Ridge Plantation neighborhood in the Ocean Isle Beach early Tuesday morning.

  • When: Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 12 p.m.
  • Where: Circle K parking lot at the intersection of U.S. Highway 17 and Highway 904 (7095 Ocean Hwy W, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469)
  • Who: Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Ed Conrow and Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram

At this time, there are three confirmed fatalities and 10 confirmed injuries. No additional deaths or injuries have been identified since the last update. Any individuals who were previously reported to be unable to leave their home due to debris have since been rescued.

Public safety teams are finishing their review of the neighborhood and are supporting evacuation efforts for individuals who are displaced due to the storm. Individuals who need assistance and shelter can contact Emergency Services at 910.253.5383.

This is anticipated to be the final press briefing. Any future updates if available will be shared at https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/emergency-services-responds-to-emergency-due-to-potential-tornado-2-16-21/

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Brunswick County Emergency Services responds to emergency due to potential tornado Tuesday morning

MEDIA RELEASE

Ocean Isle Beach, N.C. – Brunswick County Emergency Services is responding to an emergency in the Ocean Ridge Plantation neighborhood in the Ocean Isle Beach area due to a potential tornado event and severe weather early Tuesday morning.

At this time, there are three confirmed fatalities and 10 confirmed injuries. It is estimated that at least 50 homes were affected in the incident and several power lines were damaged, causing power outages.

Individuals are advised to avoid the area as crews work to mitigate potential risks due to debris and downed power lines.

Emergency crews from Brunswick County Emergency Services and the Sheriff’s Office are continuing to assess the area for additional residents in need of assistance due to injury or damages to property.

Brunswick County has opened a temporary shelter for individuals displaced due to the incident. Individuals who need assistance and shelter can contact Emergency Services at 910.253.5383.

The National Weather Service in Wilmington will assess the incident to confirm tornadic activity in the area.

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