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North Carolina HERricane Experience


About: North Carolina Emergency Management (NCEM) along with Durham, Orange, and Wake County Emergency Management invites high school students from across NC to participate in the inaugural North Carolina HERricane Experience. This is a program designed to encourage young women in grades 9-12 to explore careers in emergency management and public safety. The workshop will take place from July 11-14, 2023 and will be hosted at the NC State Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh. NCEM intends to select up to 24 students to participate in the 2023 program.

Key components:

  • Learn about key emergency management and public safety jobs
  • Explore careers through field trips within Durham, Wake and Orange Counties
  • Participate in a career fair and networking event
  • There is no cost for students to participate in the program. NCEM will provide breakfast snacks and lunch for participants. Travel to and from the NC State Emergency Operations Center for the event is not provided. 

The schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, July 11, 2023 – 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday, July 12, 2023 – 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday, July 13, 2023 – 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday, July 14, 2023 – 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Eligibility: The workshop is open to women in grades 9-12 that live in and are enrolled in high school within North Carolina.

Cost: FREE

How to Apply: Interested students can apply by submitting this application along with a statement of 100 words or less describing why you wish to attend HERricane. Applications can be emailed to, with subject line “HERricane Application.” For participants under 18 years of age, please have a parent or guardian sign the application.

Deadline: All applications must be submitted before midnight on May 31, 2023.


Important Dates:

  • March 31, 2023: Application Period Opens
  • May 31, 2023: Application deadline (midnight)
  • Mid-June: Applicants will be notified of acceptance
  • TBD: Virtual meet and greet for participants and parents/guardians
  • July 11-14, 2023: HERricane NC will be held at the NC State Emergency Operations Center located at:1636 Gold Star Drive, Raleigh, NC 27607.