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Dare County has declared a State of Emergency due to the unprecedented public health threat posed by COVID-19 and determined that restrictions and prohibitions are necessary to protect public health and safety and are also in keeping with the President's Coronavirus Guidelines for America. Visitors and non-resident property owners are prohibited from entering Dare County. View details at darenc.com/entry.   Click here for the latest information on COVID-19. 

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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. 


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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  • COVID-19 Bulletin #35

    Many have asked questions about Dare County's readiness in the event we begin to see a large increase in the number of positive COVID-19 cases. Across the nation, state, as well as in Dare County, agencies are taking all steps possible to address the COVID-19 public health emergency.

    04/08/2020 1:04 PM

  • COVID-19 Video #25

    04/08/2020 2:03 PM

  • COVID-19 Video #24

    Health and Human Services Director Sheila Davies provides an update on COVID-19 in Dare County.

    04/07/2020 1:55 PM

  • COVID-19 Bulletin #34

    As of today, a total of 10 individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in Dare County.

    04/07/2020 12:36 PM