satellite image taken Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, at 9:40 a.m. EDT., and provided by NOAA, shows Hurricane Isaias over the Bahamas.

Dare County Emergency Management Director Drew Pearson and Erik Heden, the National Weather Service’s local Warning Coordination Meteorologist, will present a Hurricane Preparedness Forum at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 23, at the Dare County Emergency Operations Center, 370 Airport Road Manteo.

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.

The forum, which is free and open to the public, will be held both in persions Center and virtually.

Virtual attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions using the chat and/or audio features of the meeting software.

For the virtual option, internet access is required, and participants must register online by clicking here.

Limited in-person seating is available at the Dare County Emergency Operations Center. To reserve a seat to attend the event in person, call 252-475-5655 or email James Wooten at

Seats will be assigned based on the date and time of the participant’s call or email.

For more information about the forum, please contact Pearson at 252-475-5655 or

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