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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  • 4th of July Festivities in Dare County

    When it comes to fireworks, leave the shows to a pro. Professional fireworks displays will be held in Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills, Manteo and Avon.

    06/11/2018 10:00 a.m.

  • NC & VA Officials Discuss Evacuation Procedures

    Over 50 officials from North Carolina and Virginia gathered at the Dare County Emergency Operations Center on Wednesday, June 6 to talk about coordinated evacuation procedures and how the two states will work together if an evacuation of northeastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia becomes

    06/07/2018 2:46 p.m.

  • Plan Now for a Mandatory Evacuation and Reentry

    All Non-Resident Property Owner Permits issued since 2014 with an April 1, 2018 expiration date remain valid through the end of this year.


  • High Winds and Flooding to Continue Through the Weekend

    Ocean and sound waters could reach as high as 4 feet above ground level, a foot higher than previously anticipated.


  • Coastal Storm Will Bring High Winds and Potential for Flooding

    According to Emergency Management Director Drew Pearson, “Over the next few days, this storm has the potential to damage property and flood neighborhoods and roads, especially those on Hatteras Island. Everyone should keep an eye on the weather and be ready for impacts.”