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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High Winds and Flooding to Continue Through the Weekend

Post Date:03/02/2018

High winds and coastal flooding are expected to remain through the weekend and there is a chance that flooding may increase. The most recent forecast from the National Weather Service indicates ocean and sound waters could reach as high as 4 feet above ground level, a foot higher than previously anticipated. 

Dare County Emergency Management advises residents and visitors to use caution since many roads and neighborhoods will continue to experience flooding, particularly during periods of high tide.

  • Slow down and remember that you’re driving through salt water which is damaging to vehicles.


  • Do not drive into flooded roadways; Turn Around, Don't Drown! Water may be deeper than it appears and can hide many hazards.

  • Do not walk through flood waters. It only takes six inches of moving water to knock you off your feet.

Stay informed by monitoring local radio and television for information and updates. Updated weather forecasts from the National Weather Service can be accessed at  www.weather.gov/mhx. For updated road conditions, visit www.drivenc.gov.   

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