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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Sara Small Receives Award from International Association of Emergency Managers

Post Date:12/08/2017 9:35 a.m.

Drew Pearson, Sara Small and Chairman Bob WoodardSara Small, Dare County Public Relations Specialist, was awarded the 2017 Public Awareness Award from the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) for her efforts developing the Dare County Hurricane Awareness Guide. Chairman Bob Woodard and Emergency Management Director Drew Pearson presented the award to Small at the December 4 meeting of the Dare County Board of Commissioners.

According to Pearson, residents and visitors previously had to search numerous locations to access the information needed to prepare for and recover from a tropical weather event on the Outer Banks. The guide is of critical importance because it concisely captures information on storm surge watch and warnings as well as the Hurricane Center’s Potential Storm Surge Flooding Map. The guide brings greater emphasis and awareness to the life threatening nature of storm surge while still addressing tornadoes, winds, rainfall and rip currents.

In addition to printed copies of the guide being distributed throughout the County, the guide is available on the Dare County website. The content was also made part of the County’s ongoing social media campaign to improve and assist with individual awareness and readiness.

IAEM has more than 6,000 members worldwide and is recognized as the premier emergency management association.  IAEM’s annual Awards Competition honors those that have made special or significant contributions to the field of emergency management.

“This award represents Sara’s commitment to the County’s Emergency Management program,” said Chairman Woodard. “She does an outstanding job and is an integral part of efforts to keep our residents and visitors well-informed and safe.”

To view the guide online, visit www.darenc.com/hurricanes. Follow Dare County Emergency Management on Twitter at DareCountyEM and register to receive emergency alerts via text message or email at www.darenc.com/emergencyalerts
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