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Ocracoke Islanders who lost child car seats in Hurricane Dorian flooding may obtain a new one for free at a child car seat event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the boat ramp in the NPS parking lot.

If families already have car seats, Deputy Jay Neal will check it to see if it is the correct one for their child and that it is properly installed, said Jason Daniels, Ocracoke’s deputy captain.

Neal is certified as a technician to install car seats, Daniels said.

Additionally, free bicycle helmets will be available for anyone who needs them.

The event is sponsored by Safe Child, a national organization, which is bringing all of the car seats and helmets. No appointment is necessary.

Daniels said the entire event is a joint effort among a group of islanders to make it happen.

“It came up after the storm,” Daniels said about the flooding from Hurricane Dorian on Sept. 6. “A lot of people got their cars flooded,” which included the loss of child safety seats.

Staff from Safe Child and Ocracoke deputies will be on hand.

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