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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Post Date:05/17/2020 7:41 AM

Tropical Depression One has strengthened into Tropical Storm Arthur with maximum sustained winds at 40mph. A Tropical Storm Warning is now in effect for the Outer Banks and is expected to bring tropical storm force winds and rain to the area beginning Sunday evening and into Monday. Dangerous rip currents are already being experienced along the beaches and will continue over the next several days.  Ocean swimming is not recommended, stay out of the water.

Residents and visitors are asked to make preparations as soon as possible.  

  • In preparation for the storm, all outdoor furnishings, trash cans and any loose items should be properly secured. 

  • Be ready to protect all property, including motor vehicles from possible storm surge of 1-2 feet of water above ground in low lying areas.

  • As winds and rain increase, be ready to minimize travel. If you must go out do not drive on flooded roads.

  • If you lose power or other utilities, do not call 911. Use customer service numbers to report power outages.  Dominion Power: 1-866-366-4357, Tideland:  1-800-882-1001. Cape Hatteras:  1-866-511-9862.

  • Provide shelter for pets.

  • Keep cell phones charged.   

  • Ensure that flashlights and a battery-powered radio are in good working order. Have plenty of batteries. Use of candles and other open-flame light sources is not recommended

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