June 4, 2014
Dare County announces new
emergency management coordinator
Pearson, Dare County’s new emergency management coordinator, was
formally introduced to the Board of Commissioners at its meeting on
Monday, June 2, by County Manager Bobby Outten.
officially become the deputy emergency management coordinator on Aug.
4, after retiring from the Coast Guard in mid-July.
comes to Dare County with 30 years of experience with the U.S. Coast
Guard, most recently as Sector Commander in San Juan, Puerto Rico,
where he leads all Coast Guard missions in the Eastern Caribbean.
Previously, Pearson was stationed in Elizabeth City for more than 10
years and had an opportunity to be involved in operations throughout
eastern North Carolina, including the Outer Banks.
has extensive training and experience in all aspects of emergency
operations, including being a Certified Emergency Manager through the
International Association of Emergency Managers. He received a
Master’s Certificate in Community Preparedness and Disaster Management
from UNC Chapel Hill and Master’s Degrees in Public Administration and
Emergency Management from the American Military University.
addition, Pearson has completed a wide range of military and civilian
training courses, including the National Response Framework, the
National Incident Management System, the Incident Command System and
many Coast Guard leadership courses. He is rated an Airline
Transport Pilot by the FAA, is a designated Coast Guard aviator and
C-130 Flight Examiner, and is trained in Aircraft Accident
Investigation, Command Security and Command Intelligence.
County Emergency Management serves as the primary coordinating
organization for Dare County in the event of a natural disaster or
emergency incident. The department researches emergency related
needs for all areas of the county and develops and coordinates
emergency response plans. Emergency Management consults with
officials of local and area governments, schools, the hospital, and
national organizations to determine local needs and capabilities in an
effort to facilitate disaster response and crisis management.
will replace N.H. “Sandy” Sanderson who will retire on June 30,
2015. Sanderson has served as Dare County’s emergency management
coordinator for the past 20 years, leading the agency to become one of
the most professional emergency response organizations in the state.
has the education and experience that we were looking for in a new
emergency manager. He has been through many hurricanes in Puerto Rico
as the Commander in Charge for hurricanes Emily, Irene, Marie, Isaac,
and Sandy. He will bring to Dare County a wealth of knowledge,”
remarked Outten at the presentation.