Following any type of disaster we must be prepared to rapidly respond and meet the needs of the community. Public health readiness is particularly important in disaster response because of the vulnerability of the affected population to changes in their environment and the need to quickly share information on the health status of the community with a range of partners.

Our Preparedness program aims to ensure that the public’s health is protected in the case of intentional or unintentional disasters such as pandemics, terrorism and weather related disaster situations, i.e. hurricanes.


Northeast North Carolina Medical Reserve Corps (NENCMRC)

We are proud to be part of a collaborative partnership between many agencies in Northeastern North Carolina, including other local public health departments, the Greater Albemarle Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Greater Pamlico Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, area hospitals, county emergency management, and other regional, state, and national preparedness agencies.  For more information visit the NENCMRC webpage. 


Special Medical Needs Registry

Dare County has a significant population with “special needs”, normally defined as “...individuals who would need assistance with medical care or personal care during evacuations and sheltering because of physical or mental impairments”. Special consideration must be given to this population’s needs during an emergency.

If you or someone you know may be appropriate for the registry, please contact Dare County Department of Health & Human Services, Social Services Division at 252.475.5500.

Please click here to learn more about the registry or download our Special Medical Needs Brochure and Form.  



Storm Readiness & Response

We have information available to residents and visitors that allow them to be prepared for a storm. Our readiness & response page provides information on common concerns like food safety after flooding and powerless; how to properly clean a flooded home; and how to assure safe drinking water.  Please click here to learn more about frequently asked questions regarding storm readiness & response.  Also, please be sure to check out Dare County Emergency Management's page for additional preparation tips.