Dare County Emergency Management is the lead role in preparing for and directing response to major emergencies and disasters , both natural and man-made within Dare County. The Department of Emergency Management is the local community based equivalent of the NC Division of Emergency Management Agency at the State level and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at the Federal level. It works closely with all agencies (public & private) before, during and after emergencies/disasters to provide the coordination of comprehensive protection of lives and property. 

Dare County Emergency Management has a full-time staff that receives specialized training in many varied fields. Like other public safety officials, staff members serve the community 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 


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Remain Alert and Prepare Now for Potential Storm Conditions

Post Date:09/07/2017 11:14 a.m.
  • Contact Dare County Emergency Management
  • Phone252.475.5655


Dare County officials are closely monitoring Hurricane Irma as it tracks towards the southern coast of Florida this weekend and along the east coast of Florida early next week.

While it is too early to determine the path of Hurricane Irma and what impact the storm will have locally, it is important for Dare County residents and visitors to begin making necessary safety preparations now. Even without direct impacts, Irma could bring challenging and potentially dangerous conditions to the Outer Banks.

A beach hazards statement is currently in effect – long period swells will lead to dangerous surf and strong rip currents through early next week.

Residents and visitors should monitor weather reports and be aware of any updated watches and warnings issued by the National Weather Service (NWS). For local weather conditions, visit http://www.weather.gov/mhx/

For updated information from the National Hurricane Center, visit http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/.

Sign up to receive emergency notifications from Dare County Emergency Management at darenc.com/emergencyalerts.

For preparedness information, visit readync.org or ready.gov.

Dare County Emergency Management is receiving a lot of inquiries about reentry permits. For information, visit darenc.com/reentry.

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