Why do residents get to come in before non-residents?

The Dare County Control Group determines the reentry process. Residents are returning to their homes to assess damages and begin the recovery process before returning to work. Law enforcement officials will protect non-resident properties.

Residents are granted reentry when areas are deemed safe, allowing the recovery process to begin.  While an area may be deemed safe, there is potential that normal services have not yet been fully restored.  Those returning may need to be self-sustaining. Utility and communication services may still be disrupted and/or unavailable.  Law enforcement, fire, rescue, emergency medical, and other government service delivery may be delayed. There may be curfews, prohibitions and other protective measures still in place to ensure public safety. 

Non-residents are granted reentry when areas are deemed safe and normal services have been restored and able to support the return of non-resident property owners and non-resident employees of non-critical businesses so that they can begin the recovery process.  There may be curfews, prohibitions, and other protective measures still in place to ensure public safety.

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1. Does KDH issue reentry permits?
2. Where do I get a reentry permit?
3. What is the process of receiving a reentry permit?
4. How long will my reentry permit be valid?
5. What if I lose my reentry permit or never applied for one?
6. How does reentry work?
7. How will I know when I can come back to the Outer Banks?
8. Why do residents get to come in before non-residents?
9. We have a vacation planned, will everything be okay by then?
10. Do you need carpenters, tree surgeons, carpet cleaners, etc. from outside the area to rebuild?