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

A1. Better Together: Strengthening Relationships Between Emergency Services and Child Care FULL
Level: Basic       Intended Audience: All
(Intended Audience Note: This is an informative session to support local, state, and federal personnel who provide emergency services to better understand the needs of early childcare programs when planning for emergencies.)

With approximately 45,000 children in child care settings throughout NH, strong child care emergency plans and procedures are essential. Over the past few years, through collaboration with the NH Child Care Licensing Unit, the DHHS Bureau of Child Development, and Head Start Collaboration, Child Care Aware of NH has been providing training and technical assistance on emergency planning for child care programs. Join us for an informative session to better understand the needs of early child care programs when planning for emergencies. This interactive and open discussion will engage participants in identifying barriers and challenges early child hood programs face. Through coordinated efforts with local emergency services, child care programs will be better able to prepare for, respond to, and recover from the next incident, emergency, or major disaster. A brief overview of Continuity of Operations (COOP) Plan development will be presented.


  • Shaquanna McEachern, MS, ECMPWT, ASMPWT, Training and Technical Assistant Specialist, Southern NH Services/Child Care Aware of NH
  • Gregg Champlin, Child Care Emergency Planning Specialist, CEM, LLC
  • Michele Beasley, BA, Supervisor, Child Care Licensing Unit, NH Department of Health and Human Services
  • Claudette Mallory, MS, Child Care Program Improvement Specialist, Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration, NH Department of Health and Human Services

Moderator:  Carole Totzkay, MS, CHES, Public Health Preparedness Planner, Emergency Services Unit, NH Department of Health and Human Services

A2. FEMA Deployment of State and Local Employees FULL
Level: Basic       Intended Audience: Emergency Services; Municipal/County/State/Fed Gov’t

During the 2017 Hurricane season, FEMA resources were stretched thin due to the number of storms and the large area of impact. FEMA put out a request to the State of NH to provide supplemental staffing. The Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006 (Public Law 109-295) established the Surge Capacity Force to deploy federal employees in the aftermath of a catastrophic event to help support response and recovery efforts. This program was expanded to include state and local personnel. This session will provide an overview of FEMA’s Surge Capacity Force, including the role that state and local emergency personnel play in assisting FEMA during a disaster, from the perspectives of state and local personnel who deployed to assist with FEMA’s response to Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Topics to be covered include the authority to utilize state and local personnel, administration of this program and reimbursement, pre-deployment preparation, and deployment activities.


  • Fallon Reed, Planning Section Chief, Homeland Security and Emergency Management, NH Department of Safety
  • Chris Christopoulos, Jr., Fire Chief/Emergency Management Director, City of Lebanon
  • Jay Lord, Fire Chief, Hampton Falls Fire Department
  • Alan Hanscom, District Engineer, NH Department of Transportation – District 3

A3. Weather 101: An Introduction to Meteorology for Emergency Management
Level: Basic      Intended Audience: All

This course will introduce participants to the weather basics to improve understanding of forecast information from the National Weather Service. Improved understanding of basic weather concepts, combined with emergency management expertise, allows for better planning and more insightful deployment of resources when a natural disaster strikes and facilitates improved decision making to protect life and property.

**NH Emergency Management Academy**

Presented by: Vanesa Urango, MS, All Hazards Planner, Homeland Security and Emergency Management, NH Department of Safety

A4. Building Partnerships Means Building Trust FULL
Level: Intermediate      Intended Audience: HealthCare/Behavioral Health/Public Health; Emergency Services; Human/Social Services;      Municipal/County/State/Federal Govt.

As Hurricane Harvey began to flood the city of Houston, city officials and the American Red Cross made the determination to open the George R. Brown Convention Center as an emergency shelter. With 1 million square feet of usable space and the capacity to shelter 5,000 people, multiple local, state, and federal partners worked to create a safe and secure shelter environment. As the storm peaked and the need for shelters grew to over 10,000 people, officials and partners were faced with extremely complex decisions to ensure the needs of residents were met. We’ll review the timeline, decision making triggers, and applicable lessons for shelter planning in NH.

Presented by: 

  • Kristen Binau, Regional Disaster Officer, American Red Cross
  • Edward Blanchard, Disaster Program Managers, American Red Cross
  • Lloyd Ziel, Regional Communications Officer, American Red Cross

A5. NH Drug Monitoring Initiative Overview and Updates
Level: Intermediate       Intended Audience: Health Care/Behavioral Health/Public Health; Emergency Services; Human/Social Services;  Municipal/County/State/Fed Gov’t

The NH Drug Monitoring Initiative (DMI) is a holistic strategy to improve awareness and combat drug distribution and misuse. The DMI obtains data from various sources (e.g., Public Health, Law Enforcement, and EMS) and disseminates reports for situational awareness. In this session, NH Intelligence & Analysis Center (IAC) personnel will provide an overview of the NH DMI and provide updated statistics and information on current trends.

Presented by: 

  • Deirdre Boulter, MA, Supervisory Intelligence Analyst, Information & Analysis Center, State Police, NH Department of Safety
  • Kimberly Fortier, BA, Public Health Analyst, New England High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, Information & Analysis Center, State Police, NH Department of Safety

A6. What Is the Press Looking For?
Level: Intermediate      Intended Audience: Health Care/Behavioral Health/Public Health; Emergency Services; Municipal/County/State/Federal Govt. (Intended Audience Note: Anyone who could provide outreach to the press.)

Description and presenters TBD

A7. Emergency Response and Whole Community Coordination for Large-Scale Disasters FULL
Level: Intermediate      Intended Audience: All

This presentation will focus on the importance of establishing and maintaining coordination and collaboration throughout the emergency management community during large-scale disasters and emergencies. All levels of support must be cognizant of the needs, challenges, and capabilities at every level to ensure that the support provided is proportional to the UNMET needs of the whole community.

Presented by: 

  • Kate McCarthy-Barnett, PhD, CEM, Regional Disability Integration Specialist, Federal Emergency Management Agency Region I
  • Peter Rennert, CEM, Operations Integration Branch Chief, Response Division, Federal Emergency Management Agency Region I

A8. Introducing the Granite State Health Care Coalition: A Resource for Health Care Preparedness and Resilience  FULL
Level: Basic      Intended Audience: HealthCare/Behavioral Health/Public Health; Emergency Services; Human/Social Services; Municipal/County/State/Federal Govt.

After several years of planning, NH’s Health Care Coalition has come to fruition. This statewide Coalition includes members from across the health care and public health systems and aims to increase the preparedness of all members to respond to and withstand emergencies through collaboration, coordination, and capacity building. This session will provide an overview of the accomplishments of the new Coalition, and look forward to the Coalition’s goals for the coming year.

Presented by: 

  • J. Scott Nichols, MBA, Director, Granite State Health Care Coalition, Foundation for Healthy Communities
  • Shaylin Deignan, MSEM, Program Coordinator, Granite State Health Care Coalition, Foundation for Healthy Communities

A9. The Ultimate Tool Box: How Public Works Mutual Aid Works FULL
Level: Basic       Intended Audience: Municipal

What is in your Emergency Tool Box? Learn how Public Works Mutual Aid can assist in responding and recovering from unplanned events within your community.

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

A10. CAMEO: A Whole Community Approach
Level: Advanced       Intended Audience: All

Need to create a plan to address of a cyber-security event, power disruption, or scenario that takes your personnel out of their “comfort zone”? What about that no-notice event that cripples or disables your information sharing capabilities? What’s your plan? This session will show you how using the EPA’s Computer-Aided Management of Emergency Operations (CAMEO) software suite supported the continuity of operations of a rural emergency dispatch center faced with such an event. You can implement these same concepts through a Whole Community approach.

Presented by: E. Stefan Coutalakas, EPA Certified CAMEO Instructor, Adjunct Instructor LSU/NCBRT, Emergency Manager, Town of Exeter Rhode Island

A11. Shelter Planning – So easy your grandma can do it! FULL
Level: Basic       Intended Audience: Emergency Services; Human/Social Services; Municipal/County/State/Federal Govt. (Shelter managers, shelter staff, and EMDs)

Do you ever find yourself worrying about how you are going to activate and staff a shelter in your community when disaster strikes? Then this session is for you! Our panelists have developed an easy-to-use, all-inclusive, operational plan template for when you need to set-up a shelter in an emergency and a training module that will teach the basics of local sheltering with minimal staff and resources. But wait, there is more! All attendees will get a copy of the template to implement in their community. Don't delay, sign up today!


  • Stacy Elliott, RN, Capital Area Public Health Network
  • Lee Kimball, Emergency Management Director, Town of Bow
  • Kellee Jo Easler, Health Officer/Shelter Manager, Town of Boscawen

Moderator:  Mary Reed, Senior Director of Public Health, Granite United Way/Capital Area Public Health Network