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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. 


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A Message from Chairman Bob Woodard

Post Date:06/12/2020 1:17 PM

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Following a meeting yesterday with the 6 municipal mayors, the Superintendent of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, and the Dare County Sheriff, Dare County Board of Commissioners Chairman Bob Woodard has released a video message for the Dare County community.  

“On Thursday, we met for the 42nd time since the COVID19 outbreak. It had been almost a month since the last meeting and the topic yesterday was specifically face masks and whether they should be mandatory. After receiving feedback from our citizens, I thought it was important to bring the group together to discuss this issue and reach a consensus. The group determined that the wearing of face masks will continue to be strongly encouraged but not mandatory. The main reason for this is the inability to enforce a mandatory mask requirement,” remarked Woodard in the video. 

“We have had 10 new cases of COVID 19 since allowing visitors to return to the Outer Banks on May 16. During this same time we have had nearly 800,000 visitors to the Outer Banks and I am thankful that the numbers have stayed relatively low. We must all remain vigilant and do our part to keep the numbers low. Wearing a mask, requiring masks in your local business, practicing social distancing and frequently washing our hands are proactive steps we can all take to protect our safety and the health of our community.”

The video is available for streaming Dare County’s YouTube channel at youtube.com/DareCounty. It has also been shared on Dare County’s Twitter account @DareCountyGovt. The video will be broadcast on Current TV Government Channel 191 for local Spectrum TV customers. CurrentTV’s programming schedule and additional programming is available for viewing on-demand at CurrentTV.org.

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