emergency management

Emergency Management is responsible for coordinating Beaufort County's preparation for and response to emergency situations. To adequately address these potential threats, whether man-made or natural, the Emergency Services Department maintains the county's emergency management framework, which outlines emergency response functions.

When Beaufort County activates the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), staff works with the County departments as well as various city, state and federal agencies to respond effectively and quickly to provide for the continuity of services to the public.

Emergency Services

Emergency Services is the Beaufort County Department charged with providing help and support to the citizens and visitors of Beaufort County during times of personal and large-scale emergency. In addition, Emergency Services is responsible for coordinating the response efforts of the various agencies that act in an emergency capacity on the day to day level as well as during major catastrophic events.

Overall leadership of Emergency Services is provided by the Director/Coordinator who is responsible for all of the ongoing operations of the department. The department is organized into (3) mission areas by the services provided.

Fire Marshal

The Office of the Fire Marshal is responsible for enforcing the North Carolina Fire Prevention Code, conducting fire inspections, reviewing plans for new building construction with the exception of private use agricultural buildings and residential homes I & II, fire/arson investigations, county fire departments coordination and hazardous materials response. The Fire Marshal's Office operates during business hours for routine services, but is on call 24 hours every day.

Emergency Medical Services

Nicknames "EMS", Emergency Medical Services crews assess and treat medical emergencies throughout Beaufort County and transport sick and injured patients to area hospitals when necessary.

EMS is staffed 24 hours of every day.


Other typical duties of the Emergency Management Department include:

  • Collaborate with other officials in order to prepare and analyze damage assessments following disasters or emergencies.
  • Conduct surveys to determine the types of emergency-related needs that will need to be addressed in disaster planning, or provide technical support to others conducting such surveys.
  • Consult with officials of local and area governments, schools, hospitals, and other institutions in order to determine their needs and capabilities in the event of a natural disaster or other emergency.
  • Coordinate disaster response or crisis management activities such as ordering evacuations, opening public shelters, and implementing special needs plans and programs.
  • Design and administer emergency/disaster preparedness training courses that teach people how to effectively respond to major emergencies and disasters.
  • Develop and maintain liaisons with municipalities, county departments, and similar entities in order to facilitate plan development, response effort coordination, and exchanges of personnel and equipment.

Emergency Management Contact Information

  • 1420 Highland Dr
  • Washington, NC 27889
  • Phone: (252) 946-2046
  • Fax: (252) 975-6802

Emergency Management Staff

    • John Pack
    • Emergency Management Coordinator
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    • Curtis Avery
    • Fire Marshal
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    • Lisa Respess
    • Emergency Services Specialist
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