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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Coastal Storm Will Bring High Winds and Potential for Flooding

Post Date:03/01/2018

Dare County Emergency Management is advising residents and visitors to prepare for the approaching coastal storm that will bring strong winds and flooding to the area. According to Emergency Management Director Drew Pearson, “Over the next few days, this storm has the potential to damage property and flood neighborhoods and roads, especially those on Hatteras Island.  Everyone should keep an eye on the weather and be ready for impacts.”

High Wind and Coastal Flood Warnings are in place for Dare County. Starting late this evening (Thursday) and through Saturday evening wind gusts may reach as high as 55 m.p.h. and could blow down limbs, trees and lead to power outages.

In addition to high winds, the storm is forecast to bring coastal flooding and high surf through early next week.  The Coastal Flood Warning indicates potential for 2 to3 feet of flood water above the ground that will likely lead to both ocean and sound side flooding. The typically vulnerable areas of Highway 12 may become flooded and impassable around times of high tide.

Residents and visitors should take action to protect themselves and their property. Secure loose outdoor objects, including garbage cans, grills and furniture.  Those in flood prone areas are asked to monitor conditions and be ready to move to higher ground.  Residents in low lying areas should consider moving vehicles to higher ground.

For updated information from the National Weather Service, visit www.weather.gov/mhx. For updated road conditions, visit www.drivenc.gov. If emergency assistance is needed, don’t hesitate to call 911. 

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