Dare County, National Weather Service to host Hurricane Preparedness Forum in Manteo

Hurricane Dorian made landfall on southern Hatteras Island on Sept. 6, 2019. [NOAA image]

Dare County Emergency Management Director Drew Pearson will be joined by Erik Heden, the National Weather Service’s local Warning Coordination Meteorologist, for a Hurricane Preparedness Forum at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 21, 2021.

The forum is free and open to the public. Speakers at the forum will share important information on preparedness actions as well as updates on weather service forecast products. Topics will include important preparedness efforts and why it’s important to never focus only upon the category of a storm but instead to focus on the storm’s potential impacts. At the end of the forum, time will be set aside for a community discussion during which attendees can ask questions and share their concerns.

Participants will be able to attend the forum virtually or in person. For the virtual option, internet access is required, and participants must register online by clicking here.  Virtual attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions using the chat and/or audio features of the meeting software.

Limited in-person seating is also available at the Dare County Emergency Operations Center, which is located at 370 Airport Road in Manteo. To reserve a seat to attend the event in person, call 252-475-5655 or email James Wooten at james.wooten@darenc.com. Seats will be assigned based on the date and time of the participant’s call or email.

For more information about the Hurricane Preparedness Forum, contact Drew Pearson at 252-475-5655 or drew.pearson@darenc.com.