​​​BLOCK B  11:00-12:15 Concurrent Session Descriptions

B1. In Case of a Nuclear Emergency, Foresight is 2020

This session is an EMD Academy equivalent of REP 101.


Do you know about the specialized training and response actions related to New Hampshire’s Nuclear Power Plant? The towns in the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone of the plant do, but are you aware that there is also a 50-mile Zone? In 2020, the Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) Program in New Hampshire will conduct an exercise focusing on the preparedness of all 96 communities in the 50-mile zone. This session is an update to the session provided at last year's NH Emergency Preparedness Conference and will discuss the history and benefits of the REP Program in New Hampshire, as well as the level of preparedness and planning required for the REP Program. This year will also include additional information for individuals on what they need to be aware of and the future of the nuclear power industry.

Presented by:

Robert Gustafson, Assistant Chief of Planning / Radiological Emergency Preparedness, NH Department of Safety - Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Karen O'Neil-Roy, MS, Program Planner, Radiological Emergency Preparedness, NH Department of Safety - Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Level: Intermediate


Intended Audience:

Emergency Services - Local, county, state and federal law enforcement, fire, emergency management, dispatch, EMS, and military.


Municipal/County/State/Federal Government -Government leadership, corrections, health officers, building and code enforcement, and public works.

B2. Surging Toward Preparedness in NH: 2019 Coalition Surge Test Findings
The US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) requires that all health care coalitions conduct an annual Coalition Surge Test (CST) exercise. The CST aims to improve the ability of the health care system to manage a 20% increase in patients using a simulated evacuation scenario. NH’s 2019 Coalition Surge Test, which involved the simulated evacuation of over 500 patients, expanded on 2018’s focus on identification of patient placement and transport options by engaging a broader array of health care system partners, including long-term care facilities. This session will discuss participant experiences and lessons learned from the 2019 NH Coalition Surge Test.

Presented by:
Shaylin Deignan, MSEM, Program Coordinator, Granite State Health Care Coalition
Amy Cullum, MA, MPH, MSN, CNL, Senior Consultant, Community Health Institute/JSI
J. Scott Nichols, MBA, Director, Granite State Health Care Coalition

Level: Intermediate


Intended Audience:

Health Care/Behavioral Health/Public Health - Health care providers such as hospitals, primary and specialty care providers, behavioral health providers, home care providers, long term care, and public health professionals.


Emergency Services - Local, county, state and federal law enforcement, fire, emergency management, dispatch, EMS, and military.


Municipal/County/State/Federal Government -Government leadership, corrections, health officers, building and code enforcement, and public works.

B3. Navigating OSHA's Process Safety Management Regulations
Improper management of highly hazardous chemicals, including toxic, reactive, or flammable liquids, can cause accidental releases and emergency responses. OSHA’s Process Safety Management rules regulate the management of highly hazardous chemicals and are very complex. Do you know if you are required to implement a program? Have you reviewed the list of chemicals that are included? In this session, we will review OSHA’s Process Safety Management regulations to determine if they apply at your facility.

Presented by: Rick Foote, Regional Director of EHS - New England, Triumvirate Environmental

Level: Basic


Intended Audience:

Health Care/Behavioral Health/Public Health - Health care providers such as hospitals, primary and specialty care providers, behavioral health providers, home care providers, long term care, and public health professionals.


Business/Critical Infrastructure Partners - Retail, transit, small business, media, banking, telecommunications, utilities and agriculture.

B4. NH Governor's School Safety Preparedness Task Force Report and Recommendations Update
This session will provide an overview of how the Task Force was created and worked together with over 150 stakeholders, spending more than 1,000 hours researching and discussing the most pressing issues related to our schools’ safety. From this effort, learn what the Task Force has concluded with 59 recommendations to enhance school safety in NH.

Presented by: Perry Plummer, Director, NH Department of Safety - Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Level: Basic
Intended Audience:

Emergency Services - Local, county, state and federal law enforcement, fire, emergency management, dispatch, EMS, and military.


Education/Child Care - Public and private k-12, higher education, and child care providers.


Business/Critical Infrastructure Partners - Retail, transit, small business, media, banking, telecommunications, utilities and agriculture.


Municipal/County/State/Federal Government -Government leadership, corrections, health officers, building and code enforcement, and public works.

B5. Shelter in a Box: Your Go-To Resource and Everything You Need to Know!
Shelter in a Box is the follow up to last year’s session, “Sheltering 101- So Easy Your Grandma Can Do It!”


As a 2017 National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Challenge Award Recipient, Capital Area MRC is proud to present the completed Shelter in a Box package.


The package includes an easy-to-use, all-inclusive operational plan template to set up a shelter in an emergency. It also includes a complementary Shelter 101 training plan that teaches the basics of local sheltering with minimal staff and resources. The operational plan and manual are nicely bundled in a "to-go" box to easily facilitate shelter setup.

Presented by:
Stacey Elliott, RN, Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Coordinator, Granite United Way / Capital Area Public Health Network
Mary Reed, Assistant Vice President of Public Health, Granite United Way / Capital Area Public Health Network


Level: Basic


Intended Audience:

Emergency Services - Local, county, state and federal law enforcement, fire, emergency management, dispatch, EMS, and military.


Municipal/County/State/Federal Government -Government leadership, corrections, health officers, building and code enforcement, and public works.

Suitable for anyone involved in Shelter operations within their municipality.

B6. Hazard Mitigation in NH: From Planning to Project Implementation and Everything In Between
This session will provide a comprehensive presentation of the NH Homeland Security and Emergency Management Hazard Mitigation program, to include local hazard mitigation planning, project eligibility, application, and project execution. You will leave with a better understanding of the connection between local hazard mitigation planning and project opportunities. Additionally, the demonstration will enhance your knowledge of application expectations, the State review process, and ways to improve your chances of receiving federal funding. The discussion will end with testimonials from individuals who have executed successful mitigation projects.

Presented by:
Whitney Welch, Assistant Planning Chief, NH Department of Safety - Homeland Security and Emergency Management
Kayla Henderson, State Hazard Mitigation Planner, NH Department of Safety - Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Alexx Monastiero, State Hazard Mitigation Officer, NH Department of Safety - Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Level: Intermediate


Intended Audience:

Emergency Services - Local, county, state and federal law enforcement, fire, emergency management, dispatch, EMS, and military.


Municipal/County/State/Federal Government -Government leadership, corrections, health officers, building and code enforcement, and public works.

B7. At YOUR Service: NH HSEM Training & Exercise Unit Overview
This presentation is an overview of the Training & Exercise Unit: who we are, what we do, and who can utilize our services. Additionally, we will discuss the grants available for municipal entities throughout the State, including the types of grants available, how they can be used, and what types of events the grants can be applied to (as well as the paperwork requirements in order to receive reimbursement!). The services of the Training & Exercise Unit are available to a wide variety of agencies, facilities, and customers statewide, including municipalities, first responders, schools, hospitals, private industry, military organizations, and NGOs.

Presented by:
Meghan Geoffrion, MS, State & Exercise Training Officer, NH Department of Safety - Homeland Security and Emergency Management
Joann Beaudoin, State Training Officer, NH Department of Safety - Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Level: Basic


Intended Audience: All

B8. Let’s ALL Work Together: How NH Emergency Planning Can Be More Unified Than Ever
In 2019, the State Emergency Operations Plan underwent a complete revision to include reformatting, streamlining, updating, and adding new content. This new content includes revised SEOC activation levels, new and updated ESF Annexes, and an updated SEOC organization chart. HSEM is working on a revised process for reviewing and tracking LEOPs submitted for federal funding.


The Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA)/Stakeholder Preparedness Review (SPR) presentation, based on FEMA’s MGT 310 course, introduces the current annual THIRA/SPR process, including identifying threats and hazards that stress a community’s response capabilities, giving those threats and hazards context and the associated impacts consistent with specific factors, addressing and analyzing specific capability targets, assessing and describing a current capability level, identifying and addressing capability gaps and a subsequent strategy for solutions using the POETE (Planning, Organization, Equipment, Training, Exercises) Model, and assessing and describing the impact of funding sources on the community. Communities should use the THIRA to better understand their risks and determine the level of capability needed to address those risks. Communities would then use the SPR to estimate their current capabilities, identify capability gaps and their intended approaches for addressing them, and assess the impact of relevant funding sources.


The combination of the SEOP, LEOPs, and THIRA/SPR creates communities that are prepared for a variety of emergencies using all-hazards planning.

Presented by: Audra Cobb, All Hazards Planner, NH Department of Safety - Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Level: Basic


Intended Audience:

Emergency Services - Local, county, state and federal law enforcement, fire, emergency management, dispatch, EMS, and military.


Business/Critical Infrastructure Partners - Retail, transit, small business, media, banking, telecommunications, utilities and agriculture.


Municipal/County/State/Federal Government -Government leadership, corrections, health officers, building and code enforcement, and public works.


B9. Weather 102: Severe and Hazardous Weather
This session is designed to build off of the Weather 101 session and teaches severe weather basics to those working in the emergency management field in order to give them the tools to better understand forecast information from the National Weather Service. This session will focus on severe weather events such as thunderstorms, tornados, downbursts, hurricanes, and winter weather, as well as the hazards associated with each.

Presented by: Vanesa Urango, MS, Public Assistance Coordinator, NH Department of Safety - Homeland Security and Emergency Management 

Level: Basic


Intended Audience: All


This is for anyone who is interested in learning more about severe weather.


B10. Understanding the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC)
The Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) is the nationally-adopted interstate mutual aid agreement that is law in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the US Virgin Islands. EMAC is the nation's state-to-state mutual aid system. Learn how New Hampshire has increasingly become involved in EMAC, including sending law enforcement, Civil Air Patrol, National Guard, and Swiftwater Rescue assets to assist states facing disasters. Three presenters from HSEM, Civil Air Patrol, and Bedford FD will discuss lessons learned and opportunities.

Presented by:
Robert Allen Christensen, DA, Operations Chief, NH Department of Safety - Homeland Security and Emergency Management
William "Bill" Moran, Jr., MPA, Colonel (ret), US Airforce, NH Civil Air Patrol
Ben Selleck, Training and EMS Captain, Bedford Fire Department, Team Leader, Souhegan Mutual Aid Swiftwater / Flood Rescue Team

Level: Basic


Intended Audience:

Emergency Services – Local, county, state and federal law enforcement, fire, emergency management, dispatch, EMS, and military.


Municipal/County/State/Federal Government – Government leadership, corrections, health officers, building and code enforcement, and public works.

B11. How to Mitigate an Active Shooter Event: Real New Hampshire Examples
Come see what organizations around New Hampshire have actually done or are actively planning to do to help mitigate an active shooter event.

Presented by:
Jason Climer, Protective Security Advisor - NH District, US DHS - Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency / Infrastructure Security Division
Joseph Cafarelli, Law Enforcement Coordinator, US Attorney's Office - District of NH

Level: Basic


Intended Audience: All


People who are interested in what active shooter mitigation steps others have actually implemented around the Granite State.

B12. Hepatitis A Outbreak Updates from NH DHHS
Title, description, and presenters are TBA.

Presented by: TBA

Level: TBA


Intended Audience: TBA