Emerald Isle Police Dept. handing out books on rip current safety


A new approach to teaching people about rip current safety is making its way into students’ hands. 

The Emerald Isle Police Department purchased several books called Surf Dog’s Beach Safety Tips. 

The book was written by a surfer in the Outer Banks, Kevin McCabe. 

Readers learn about rip current safety, marine life, and sunscreen protection. 

The idea came after a resident presented the book to the police department at one of their monthly meetings. 

Officers agreed with the concept, they purchased 500 books.

“It’s about protecting people, it’s about giving people the information they need to make good safe decisions,” said Police Chief Toni Reese.

Officers have been handing them out at local schools and on the beach.

“It’s written in a way that children want to read it so it’s not a dry facts book. It’s written from a perspective of a surf dog,” said Reese. 

Several hundred copies have been handed out already, but a few remain left. 

To get a copy of Surf Dog’s Beach Safety Tips, you can visit the Emerald Isle Police Department. 


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