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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Ribbon Cutting on April 3 for Regional Emergency Communications Center and Dare’s Emergency Operations Center

Post Date:03/17/2017 11:36 a.m.

Mark your calendar for Monday, April 3 at 2:00 p.m. and plan to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Regional Emergency Communications Center serving Dare, Hyde and Tyrrell counties and the Dare County Emergency Operations Center. The building is located at 370 Airport Road in Manteo, across from the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island.

Dare, Hyde and Tyrrell are the first three counties in North Carolina to consolidate emergency 911 communications. Once calls are dispatched from the new facility, 911 staff will be communicating with over 50 agencies to provide emergency services in a three county area that covers approximately 3,400 miles. The average number of calls has been estimated at 153,000 per year or one call every 30 seconds.

The new building also provides administrative offices for Dare County EMS, Dare County Emergency Management, the Dare County Fire Marshal, and serves as the Dare County Emergency Operations Center (EOC), where agencies come together to work during emergency response and recovery operations, such as hurricanes.

Following the ribbon cutting ceremony at 2:00 p.m., tour the building and enjoy light refreshments. For more information, call Dorothy Hester at 252-475-5903.

Dare Cty Emergency Ribbon Cutting Invite

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