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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Tropical Storm Conditions Expected Tuesday

Post Date:09/25/2017 5:00 p.m.
  • Contact Dare County Emergency Management
  • Phone252.475.5655

A Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect as Hurricane Maria tracks northward, paralleling the U.S. east coast, bringing direct impacts to Dare County beginning Tuesday. The mandatory evacuation for Hatteras Island visitors remains in effect and includes the villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, and Hatteras Village. Click here to view a graphic map of the evacuation area. 

Dare County residents and visitors north of Oregon Inlet should make any last minute storm preparations as soon as possible. Remain vigilant by monitoring updated weather forecasts and warnings. Once tropical storm conditions reach the area on Tuesday, limit travel as much as possible and remain indoors. 

In addition, a Storm Surge Watch remains in effect for portions of Dare County. Storm surge flooding will lead to ocean overwash along areas of Highway 12 prone to flooding. As roadways accumulate sand and water, motorists should proceed with caution, drive slowly through standing water, and stay off Highway 12 during periods of high tide. Again, avoid travel if possible.

Storm surge flooding is also expected to lead to soundside flooding, particularly in the southernmost villages of Hatteras Island.

The large ocean swells that are already occurring will continue to build, causing dangerous surf and rip currents most of the week. Stay out of the water - conditions are unsafe for even the most experienced swimmers.

For more information, please monitor information from the National Weather Service www.weather.gov/mhx.

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

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For updated road conditions from NCDOT, visit https://tims.ncdot.gov/tims/.

Dare County Offices

Dare County offices on Hatteras Island will be closed on Tuesday, September 26. All county offices north of Oregon Inlet will be open for business.

Dare County Public Works

On Tuesday, September 26, Dare County Sanitation will operate on a regular schedule with collection for Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Manteo (outside), Wanchese, East Lake, Stumpy Point and Manns Harbor. Customers in these areas should bring in and secure their cans as soon as possible following service on Tuesday morning.

There will be NO commercial trash collection on Hatteras Island on Wednesday, September 27.  

There will be NO commercial recycle pick up for the remainder of this week.

Dare County Parks and Recreation
All Hatteras Island Parks and Recreation activities are cancelled through Wednesday, September 27.

Click here to view the State of Emergency Declaration document that can be used for travel insurance purposes.

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