Meetings set to discuss hazard mitigation plan

Published 2:54 pm Sunday, April 21, 2024

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Dare and Currituck counties, along with incorporated communities, are currently in the process of updating the Outer Banks Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan in an effort to better protect people and property from the potential effects of natural and human-caused hazards.

This plan update is required for all communities to maintain their eligibility to receive pre-disaster and post-disaster mitigation funding from FEMA, and the effort will also help the counties and incorporated communities identify hazard risks, understand their vulnerability and develop ways to proactively mitigate risks.

To kick off the planning process this spring, two public meetings will be held to provide information on the Outer Banks Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan, review the identified hazards and gather feedback from the public.

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Members of the community are invited to attend a public meeting in Dare County to learn about the proposed updates to the plan and to provide their feedback and input on hazards, risks and mitigation opportunities. This public meeting will be held at 5 p.m. on Monday, April 22, 2024 at the Dare County Emergency Operations Center, which is located at 370 Airport Road in Manteo.

Those who are unable to attend the public meeting in Dare County are invited to attend a second public meeting in Currituck County to discuss updates to the Outer Banks Hazard Mitigation Plan and to provide feedback. This meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, 2024 at the Currituck County Public Safety Center within the Emergency Operations Center, which is located at 125 College Way in Barco.

Additional public meetings will be scheduled later in the planning process. More information regarding future meetings will be announced when it becomes available.

For more information about the upcoming planning meetings, as well as the Outer Banks Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan, contact Dare County Emergency Management planner James Wooten at or 252-475-5894.

The view or download a copy of the current Outer Banks Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan, go to