North Carolina HERricane Experience


We are currently in a transition of branding for this experience, but the program remains the same. We look forward to all the great students we will get to work with this summer. 


North Carolina Emergency Management (NCEM) along with Durham, Orange, and Wake County Emergency Management invites local high school students to participate in the 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 August 5-9, 2024 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 2024 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

  • Monday, August 5, 2024 – 8:45 AM- 4:00 PM
  • Tuesday, August 6, 2024 – 8:45 AM- 4:00 PM
  • Wednesday, August 7, 2024 – 8:45 AM- 4:00 PM
  • Thursday, August 8, 2024 – 8:45 AM- 4:00 PM
  • Friday, August 9, 2024 – 8:45 AM- 4:00 PM


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


  • 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.
  • All applications must be submitted before midnight on April 19, 2024.

Important dates

  • April 19: Application deadline (midnight)
  • End of April: Applicants will be notified of acceptance.
  • Mid-July: Virtual meet and greet for participants and parents/guardians.
  • August 5-9: NC HERricane Experience.


NC State Emergency Operations Center 
1636 Gold Star Drive 
Raleigh, NC 27607

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