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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Residents Advised to Make Final Preparations and Use Caution as Conditions Worsen

Post Date:01/03/2018 10:51 a.m.

Dare County will be under a Winter Storm Warning this evening (Wednesday, January 3) through Thursday afternoon, January 4. Heavy snow, strong winds, and rough seas are expected to bring dangerous conditions. To stay up to date with latest watches, warnings and advisories from the National Weather Service, visit http://www.weather.gov/mhx/    

Dare County Emergency Management continues to monitor the weather and advises that road conditions will deteriorate quickly as the storm reaches the area. As roadways become covered with ice and snow, residents are asked to stay home and avoid driving if at all possible.  Although the snow is expected to end Thursday morning, roadways will remain hazardous with frigid temperatures forecast for Thursday and into the weekend.  

Beginning at 5 p.m. today (Wednesday) and all day Thursday, January 4, the Dare County Center, the Baum Center, Lions Club, Family Recreation Park and the Fessenden Center will be closed and all activities are cancelled. In addition, Dare County Transportation has cancelled all scheduled appointments for Thursday.

Dare County Public Works has cancelled garbage collection for Thursday, January 4 and will reschedule pick-ups for Kitty Hawk, Colington, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras Village on Friday, January 5 if conditions allow. The transfer stations in Manns Harbor and Buxton and the C&D Landfill in Manns Harbor will be closed on Thursday, January 4.

For updated information about County offices and services, visit www.darenc.com

Make final preparations as soon as possible. 

  • Have a household emergency supply kit, including a supply of drinking water and non-perishable foods. Bottled water or water in containers should be stored should utilities be disrupted. 
  • It is important for everyone to stay away from frozen water surfaces and the water in general, no matter how tempting or safe they appear. Current water temperatures are deadly.  
  • If you lose power or other utilities, do not call 911. Use customer service numbers to report power outages.  Dominion Power: 1-866-366-4357, Tideland:  1-800-882-1001, Cape Hatteras Electric: 1-866-511-9862.
  • If power is lost, do not use portable generators indoors or gas stoves and other similar appliances for heat due to risk of fire and carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Provide shelter for pets.
  • Ensure that flashlights and a battery-powered radio are in good working order. Have plenty of batteries. Use of candles and other open-flame light sources is not recommended.
  • Dress appropriately with head and hands covered if you go outdoors in temperatures below freezing.
  • Avoid overexertion. Cold weather puts a strain on the heart, even without exercise.
  • Check on neighbors and relatives.  The elderly are especially susceptible to hypothermia and falls on icy surfaces. 
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