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Emergency Management

The Emergency Management Department provides leadership and assistance to reduce the loss of life and property in Currituck County from a variety of man-made and natural hazards. The department is responsible for teaching people how to prepare for disasters, coordinating countrywide disaster response, and making sure that disaster assistance is available to all government agencies, businesses, and citizens of Currituck County.

ReadyNCLogoForWeb.gifAnother responsibility of the Emergency Management Department is to provide assistance to managers of various County agencies that play a role in the response and recovery effort. In addition, the Emergency Management Department maintains the Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) for the County. This plan describes the concept of emergency operations and assigns duties and responsibilities to agency heads or organizations, which are either part of, or will serve in support of, Currituck County government in time of emergency.

* View an emergency preparation video by N.C. Crime Control and Public Safety: 













* View a short video by FEMA,  "We Prepare Every Day", which provides information on people with disabilities preparing for an emergency. You may also find more information on creating emergency plans for people with disabilities here.

Hurricane Evacuation Map - English

Hurricane Evacuation Map - Spanish 


What This Department Does

  • Plans for the effects of man-made and natural disasters
  • Acts as the primary emergency planner and facilitator for the County
  • Serves as a clearinghouse for up-to-date information to assist citizens and County departments with emergency planning
  • Coordinates training for County employees and other agency representatives for emergency preparedness
  • Prepares the Emergency Operations Plan and updates as needed
  • Operates and maintains the County’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) during disasters
  • Works with State and Federal agencies on disaster planning and recovery

What This Department Does Not Do

  • Assist citizens with emergency payment of home utility bills or other disaster recovery expenses
  • Write emergency plans for businesses
  • Manage Emergency Medical Services or answer questions regarding their billing (see Emergency Medical Services)

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EM Director Mary Beth Newns (middle) and EM Program Assistant Rebecca Christenbury (right) toured the National Weather Service office in Wakefield, Va. and discussed emergency weather prediction and warning systems with NWS Meteorologist Bill Sammler (seated). This ongoing partnership with NWS helps Currituck Emergency Management stay well-prepared ahead of any upcoming severe weather event.

Contact Information

Mary Beth Newns
153 Courthouse Rd., Suite 122
Currituck, NC 27929
Phone: 252-232-2115, ext. 6013
Fax: 252-232-2750
Email: Send Mary Newns an email.

Rebecca Christenbury
Program Assistant
153 Courthouse Rd., Suite 122
Currituck, NC 27929
Phone: 252-232-2115, ext. 6012
Fax: 252-232-2750
Email: Send Rebecca Christenbury an email.

Office Hours

Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Hazardous Conditions Hotline


After Hours Contact

Call Communications at 252-232-2216

The Emergency Management office is co-located with the Communications office located at 147 Courthouse Road, Currituck, NC.