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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NC & VA Officials Discuss Evacuation Procedures

Post Date:06/07/2018 2:46 p.m.

NC VA Evacuation Meeting


Pictured: Over 50 officials from North Carolina and Virginia gathered at the Dare County Emergency Operations Center on Wednesday, June 6 to talk about coordinated evacuation procedures and how the two states will work together if an evacuation of northeastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia becomes necessary. Representatives from federal, state, and local agencies participated including FEMA, National Weather Service, North Carolina Emergency Management, Virginia Emergency Management, NCDOT, VDOT, NC Highway Patrol, Virginia State Police, Chesapeake Expressway, Dare County Emergency Management, Currituck County Emergency Management, City of Virginia Beach, and City of Chesapeake.  

“It is important for partners to come together and discuss how an evacuation in one area impacts evacuations and travel in other areas, crossing county and state lines,” said Dare County Emergency Management Director Drew Pearson.  “With thousands of visitors and residents relying on common evacuation routes to seek refuge, these discussions will help ensure safe and efficient operations as the Outer Banks and coastal Virginia execute simultaneous evacuations."  

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