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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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  • Dare County Celebrates EMS Week May 17 -23

    To celebrate EMS Week, Dare County EMS has released two coloring pages for children and is inviting children to share their art in exchange for a token of appreciation.

    05/18/2020 9:16 AM

  • TAKE PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES AS TROPICAL STORM ARTHUR APPROACHES

    A Tropical Storm Warning is now in effect for the Outer Banks. Residents and visitors are asked to make preparations as soon as possible.

    05/17/2020 7:41 AM

  • Bulletin #61

    As visitors return to Dare County beginning Saturday, May 16, it is important for everyone to understand that vacations and visits to the Outer Banks will be different this year as we all adapt to COVID-19.

    05/15/2020 1:05 PM

  • Bulletin #60

    Policies currently in place for Dare County align with North Carolina’s three-phased approach to lift restrictions. Many local businesses are in the process of reopening and following recommended guidance from health officials to protect public health and safety.

    05/13/2020 1:30 PM