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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Update Regarding Dare County Facilities and Services for Monday, January 8

Post Date:01/07/2018 3:00 p.m.

Dare County Emergency Management reports that NCDOT has worked diligently to clear primary roadways. With many secondary roads still covered in snow and ice and temperatures forecast to be below freezing until early Monday morning, icy conditions will persist, particularly on the northern beaches and mainland. If you must travel, take it slow, give work crews plenty of space and proceed with caution. Allow extra time to reach your destination.

Be mindful of cold temperatures and dress accordingly. Take care of your pets. Stay away from frozen bodies of water because ice levels are thin and falling into frigid water can be life threatening.

Dare County Offices and most facilities will return to normal operating hours beginning Monday, January 8 at 8:30 a.m. 

The Baum Center and the Dare County Youth Center/Family Recreation Park in Kill Devil Hills will remain closed on Monday, January 8 due to icy conditions.

The Lions Club Center/Westcott Park in Manteo - will open at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, January 8 due to refreezing of parking areas, sidewalks and stairs. 

Courts will operate on a regular schedule. 

 The Dare County Board of Commissioners’ meeting on Monday, January 8 at 9 a.m. will take place as scheduled.    

Due to icy road conditions, Dare County Public Works has announced a revised schedule for customers north of Oregon Inlet. Garbage collection will take place as follows this week:

  • Kitty Hawk and Colington  – Tuesday, January 9 and Thursday, January 11.
  • Manteo, Wanchese, Manns Harbor, East Lake and Stumpy Point – Wednesday, January 10 and Friday, January 12 
  • All commercial service for areas north of Oregon Inlet will occur on Tuesday, January 9 and Friday, January 12.
  • Service for all Hatteras Island customers, residential and commercial, will remain on a regular schedule.

Dare County Transportation has cancelled all scheduled appointments for Monday, January 8.

All Dare County Parks and Recreation facilities, including the Dare County Center and the Baum Center, will close at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 8. No evening activities as roads refreeze.

For updated information, visit www.darenc.com/winterweather.

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