​​BLOCK A   9:15-10:30 Concurrent Breakout Session Descriptions

​A1. 50 Shades of Grants
Audience: Emergency Services, Education/Child Care, Municipal/County/State/Federal Gov’t
Level: Intermediate

This interactive panel presentation addresses FAQs pertaining to the life cycle, identification of priority projects, reporting requirements, and the close out process specific to Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) and Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) funds.

Presented by:
Elizabeth Lufkin, EMPG Coordinator, Homeland Security and Emergency Management, NH Department of Safety
Whitney Welch, State Hazard Mitigation Planner, Homeland Security and Emergency Management, NH Department of Safety
Cindy Richard, Assistant Chief of Planning, EMPG & HMEP Grant Program Manager, Homeland Security and Emergency Management, NH Department of Safety

A2. What Did They Volunteer For?  How to Use Volunteers Effectively!
Audience: All - Any emergency management organization that has or would like to have a volunteer program
Level: Intermediate

This presentation is intended for any emergency management or disaster service organization that currently has, or is considering, a robust volunteer program. Participants will learn about the Red Cross Volunteer Engagement Cycle and how to adopt this cycle to fit the needs of their organization. Participants will also explore recruiting, motivating, training, engaging, and retaining volunteers. If you have ever wondered what volunteers can do for your organization or how to empower them, then this session is one that you will not want to miss!

Presented by:
David Muse, Jr., MPA, Advanced-EMT, SARTECH-II, Disaster Program Manager, American Red Cross
Lisa Lemieux, MA, Disaster Program Manager – Volunteer Partner, American Red Cross

A3. Active Threat Planning: How to Form an Active Workgroup
Audience: Emergency Services, Education/Child Care, Business/Critical Infrastructure, Human/Social Services,
Municipal/County/State/Federal Gov’t
Level: Intermediate

This session provides an overview of the City of Nashua and Southern New Hampshire Health’s efforts to better prepare the City for an active threat response. While Southern New Hampshire Health worked to train and prepare employees and facilities, the City formed a multidisciplinary Active Threat Working Group with both initiatives combining into an Active Threat Functional Exercise in November 2016. The session informs participants on active threat best practices, resources available within their communities, and how to form an Active Threat Working Group.

Presented by:
Mark Hastings, RN, Director, Emergency Management, EMS & Trauma Coordinator, Southern New Hampshire Health
Justin Kates, CEM, Director of Emergency Management, City of Nashua

A4. Weather 101: Introduction to Meteorology for Emergency Management
Audience: Emergency Services
Level: Basic

***This session qualifies as an Emergency Management Academy Elective***

This course teaches weather basics to those working in the Emergency Management field to give them the tools they need to better understand forecast information from the National Weather Service (NWS). Having an enhanced understanding of basic of weather concepts will allow for better planning and more insightful deployment of resources when natural disaster strikes. Combining knowledge from the emergency management and meteorology fields will allow participants to make more informed decisions to protect life and property.

Presented by:
Vanesa Urango, Program Assistant III, Operations, Homeland Security and Emergency Management, NH Department of Safety

A5. Flood Safety Awareness for First Responders
Audience: Emergency Services, Education/Child Care, Business/Critical Infrastructure Partners, Human/Social Services, Municipal/County/State/Federal Gov’t
Level: Basic

Flood is the most common natural disaster in NH. Emergency Service Professionals including search and rescue, animal rescue, law enforcement, public works, CERT, public utilities, National Guard, and other first responders are called upon to work in a flood environment, but often fail to have a true understanding of the hazards they are being subjected to. Flood hazards cause physical, physiological and psychological trauma. This presentation prepares participants to assess common flood hazards to keep themselves, their personnel, and the public safe.

Presented by:
Ben Selleck, Firefighter/Paramedic, Bedford Fire Department

A6. What's in your Mutual Aid Tool Box?
Audience: Emergency Services, Municipal/County/State/Federal Gov’t
Level: Basic

What is in your tool box? Everyone has a tool box. It contains the tools of our trade: a hammer, a wrench, and a cell phone with the contact information for just the right person when you have a question. Mutual Aid agreements are another tool that should be in your tool box. This session reviews what a mutual aid agreement is, why it is important, what it can provide, and how it works. The presentation focuses on the NH Public Works Mutual Aid Program.

Presented by:
Kurt Blomquist, PE, Public Works & Emergency Management Director, City of Keene

A7. Using Geo-Spatial Technologies to Plan for Large Facility Incidents
Audience: Emergency Services, Business/Critical Infrastructure Partners, Municipal/County/State/Federal Government
Level: Intermediate

The University of Massachusetts Lowell has map-enabled their plans for incident management and coordination. Through the working relationship of Life Safety & Emergency Management with Facilities Campus Mapping, the university has created map-enabled collaboration applications, including mobile data collection, to support the planning and response efforts of campus emergency management. The application of the geo-enabled emergency plan is relevant to any site that needs to coordinate multiple locations, large numbers of people, or multi-jurisdiction resources, including hospitals or commercial and manufacturing facilities.

This session describes how the presenters worked with partners within and outside of the university to build the mapping and information system. Demonstrations of the mapping applications will be provided, including specific examples of how the programs have been used during events, for the planning of events, and during tabletop exercises.

Presented by:
Richard Wood, Director of Life Safety & Emergency Management, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Jessica Valenti, Manager Facilities Information Systems, University of Massachusetts Lowell


A9. School Disturbances  - Prepping for the Best Possible Outcome
Audience: Emergency Services, Education/Child Care, Human/Social Services
First responders for school incidents, administrative staff at public and independent schools.
Level: Advanced

Experience has proven that when mass shooting rampages and other disturbances occur in schools, more time was spent for funeral preparations than for planning and training. This innovative session will describe how good prior emergency planning for schools can achieve higher survival rates while simultaneously controlling the chaos that accompanies these events.

A new innovative technique for improving disturbance outcomes will be presented that is easier for teachers and school administrators to "digest" than some of the more rigorous protocols that have been previously developed. The technique is fully compliant with existing police, fire and paramedic protocols.

Presented by:
Col. Dan Stebbins, Principal, HTM Companies, Retired Colonel of the Connecticut State Police
Douglas J. Leard, Principal, HTM Companies, Chair, Local Emergency Planning Committee, Town of Wayland, MA
Joel Weinstein, Principal, HTM Companies

A10. The Drug Monitoring Initiative
Audience: Health Care/Behavioral Health/Public Health, Emergency Services, Human/Social Services, Municipal/County/State/Federal Government
Level: Intermediate

The NH Drug Monitoring Initiative (DMI) is a holistic strategy to provide awareness and combat drug distribution and abuse. In line with this approach the DMI will obtain data from various sources (to include, but not limited to, Public Health, Law Enforcement, and EMS) and provide monthly products for stakeholders as well as situational awareness releases as needed.

Presented by:
Lt. Joseph M. Ebert, Director, NH Information and Analysis Center, and Commander of the Intelligence Unit, NH State Police
Deirdre Boulter, Senior Analyst, NH Information and Analysis Center
Kimberly Fortier, Public Health Analyst, NH Information and Analysis Center, New England High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area

A11. Aircraft Crashes:  What First Responders Need to Know (This session is a double session and runs from 9:15 to 12:15)
Audience: Emergency Services
Level: Basic

In the event of a small aircraft crashes, there are many features (ballistic parachutes, airbags, etc.) and systems (fuel, electrical, hydraulic, etc.) that present additional hazards to first responders. This session identifies these features/systems and provides strategies to secure or disable them, as necessary. This session also covers federal and state regulations that apply to aircraft accident scenes, notification procedures, and media coverage.

Presented by:
Brad Miller, Manager Air Safety, Cirrus Aircraft
Leah Read, NTSB
Rita Castonguay Hunt, Aviation Planner & Pilot, Bureau of Aeronautics, NH Department of Transportation