In Onslow County
Picking up from one place and moving to another is always a hassle, especially when kids and pets are involved. Knowing whom to call or where to find information can make the transition easier.
Local government websites are valuable resources for newcomers to Onslow County because they provide important connections to other residents, local businesses and public safety. These sites give up-to-date information on local happenings, municipal contacts, weather and events such as city council meetings:
State of North Carolina
City of Jacksonville
Town of Holly Ridge
Town of North Topsail Beach
Town of Richlands
Town of Swansboro
FAMILY, CHILDREN AND CHILD CARE SERVICES
Babysitters, Nannies, Child Care and Senior Home Care
Find family care with this website that will allow you to search for local caregivers for children, adults/seniors, pets and even housekeepers for your home.
Or you can post a caregiver job and then let the applicants find you — guaranteed responses within three days. Access to background checks, references and reviews helps you to make hiring decisions with confidence.
The site also provides helpful information such as how much to pay a baby sitter, how to interview a pet sitter and how to find a tutor or after-school activity for your student.
Active-duty military families receive a 25 percent discount on any subscription.
Child Care Aware
Improving access to affordable, quality child care is one of Child Care Aware of America’s top goals. Search the site’s “State by State Resources for Families” to connect with national organizations and associations that provide information for families about child development, parenting, and child care concerns and questions.
Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit.
There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.
North Carolina Health and Human Services – Social Services
Dorothea Dix Campus, McBryde Building
820 S. Boylan Ave.
Raleigh, NC 27603
The North Carolina Department of Social Services works to protect the vulnerable, promoting strong and economically self-sufficient families as well as personal and family recovery and resiliency. The department’s programs include safe surrender (for newborns’ safety); refugee services; Work First, North Carolina’s temporary assistance for needy families; and services for adoption, child care, child support enforcement, food and nutrition, foster care, pregnancy and more.
Onslow County Social Services
1915 Onslow Drive Extension
Jacksonville, NC 28540
The Department of Social Services helps Onslow County residents meet their basic daily living needs through financial, nutritional, and medical assistance. The department promotes
their well-being through social work services to strengthen families, and protective services to prevent or remedy abuse, neglect or exploitation of vulnerable children and the disabled or elderly adults.
Use these steps to protect your pet from being lost during your move.
- Keep a collar with an ID tag on your pet with your current phone number on it at all times.
- Microchip your pets, especially if they are good at slipping their collars. It’s important to keep your contact information up to date so the chip can reconnect your pet to you. All animal shelters and vet clinics can scan for microchips.
- Have a current license on your dog. It is the ID given to an animal by a city or county and can be another way your dog can be restored to you.
- Keep cats indoors; it’s much safer for them. Cats are domestic animals and don’t need to be outside where there are coyotes and owls, among other predators. Give cats a post to scratch on, a window to perch in and plenty of toys, and they will love the great indoors.
Your pet faces many new outside hazards in the area, including snakes and alligators. Venomous rattlesnakes, cottonmouths, coral snakes and copperheads pose real dangers, so keep your dog on a short leash in wooded areas, especially if it starts sniffing or pawing the ground. Alligators are the biggest threat to dogs and they live wherever there is water, so don’t let your dog walk around or swim in unknown waters, especially at night when alligators are feeding.
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
Hunting and Fishing Licenses 888-248-6834
Wildlife Violations 800-662-7137
The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission manages and ensures the long-term well-being of fish and wildlife, especially as humans continue to encroach on wildlife habitats. The website offers tips on conservation, and information about sustaining North Carolina’s wildlife habitats.
Onslow County Animal Services
244 Georgetown Road
Jacksonville, NC 28540
Onslow County Animal Services provides a variety of services including assistance with adoptions, animal surrenders, lost and found animal reporting, and spay/neuter education. For more information on the county’s animal shelter and pet adoption, visit the Onslow County Animal Services’ website.
Veterinary services in Onslow County are plentiful; see the Advertiser Directory in this guide to connect with local providers.
State of North Carolina
Department of Transportation
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is one of North Carolina’s largest state government agencies, with 12,000 employees. NCDOT works hard to provide high-quality transportation for travelers throughout North Carolina, including highways, rail, aviation, ferries, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and public transit.
Department of Public Safety– Emergency Management
The Division of Emergency Management plans for and responds to natural and man-made disasters. The division works with local and federal agencies to help individuals, families, businesses and nonprofit groups and communities recover from disaster. Emergency Management also handles search and rescue efforts, risk management and hazardous materials containment and cleanup. Visit the division’s website for emergency preparedness information.
The Department of Emergency Services was created to enhance emergency response to, planning for and recovery from major emergencies in Onslow County. The E-911 Communications Center, Emergency Management Office, Emergency Medical Services and the Fire Rescue Services all are consolidated in one department. The Emergency Services Department coordinates with seven volunteer rescue squads, 20 volunteer fire departments and the Medical Reserve Corps, and provides Community Emergency Response Team training. These units work together to provide residents of Onslow County with complete, unified emergency services during any major incident, weather emergency or other unforeseen threat to life and property. Visit the office’s website for the county’s disaster planning guide and disaster preparedness information.
Volunteer Fire Department
Fire & Rescue
North Topsail Beach
Volunteer Fire Department