NH EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS CONFERENCE

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

B1. Environmental & Historic Considerations for FEMA Grant Applicants
Audience: Municipal/County/State/Federal Gov’t
Local and state gov’t and private non-profits that are responsible for applying for FEMA grants (recovery, hazard mitigation, and preparedness)
Level: Basic

Has your community, agency, or organization applied for FEMA recovery, hazard mitigation, or preparedness grants? Did you know that FEMA grants are required to comply with local, state, and federal Environmental & Historic Preservation (EHP) laws, regulations, and executive orders? Would you like to gain a better understanding of EHP compliance issues and how such requirements can impact proposed FEMA-funded projects, especially those involving infrastructure upgrades and new construction?

This participatory joint presentation by FEMA Region 1 EHP staff and the NH Division of Historical Resources will include: a brief overview of some available FEMA grant programs; relevant environmental laws and when, why, and how they are triggered; collaboration between local, state, and federal partners to meet historic preservation review requirements; EHP review of emergency work, permanent repairs, hazard mitigation actions, and preparedness grants; case studies highlighting key EHP compliance themes; early project planning considerations; and tips for integrating historic properties into hazard mitigation planning.

Presented by:
Lydia Kachadoorian, Deputy Regional Environmental Officer, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Region 1
David Robbins, Regional Environmental Officer, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Region 1

 

B2. The Great Springfield Tornado of 2011
Audience: Health Care/Behavioral Health/Public Health, Emergency Services, Human/Social Services, Municipal/County/State/Federal Gov’t
Level: Intermediate

On June 1, 2011, an EF-3 tornado impacted Springfield, MA and other western and central MA communities. This presentation includes a narrative of the events, describes consequences and outcomes of the tornado, and explores the municipal actions taken throughout the response and recovery phases of the event. Special emphasis is placed on the determination of incident priorities and lessons learned.

Presented by:
Robert J. Hassett, MPH, Director, City of Springfield, Massachusetts, Office of Emergency Preparedness
 

B3. Emergency Operations Planning for Childcare Providers
Audience: All
Level: Intermediate

Recent changes to the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014 focused on reforming child care in this country. Major changes in the CCDBG Act focus on protecting the health and safety of children in child care. Until now, there has been no federal guidance that supports States in integrating child care into state emergency preparedness planning and the continuance of child care in the wake of a disaster. This panel presentation addresses protecting the health and safety of children in child care from the perspective of required whole community comprehensive emergency operations, recovery, and continuity of operations planning and discusses major revisions, as outlined in the updated CCDBG Act.

Presented by:
Claudette Mallory, Child Care Program Improvement Specialist, Child Development Bureau, Division of Children, Youth and Families, NH Department of Health & Human Services
Michele Beasley, Supervisor, Child Care Licensing Unit, NH Department of Health & Human Services
Tracy Pond, Child Care Aware of NH
Melissa Clement, Chief, Child Care Licensing Unit, NH Department of Health & Human Services


Moderated by:
Carole Totzkay, CHES, Public Health Emergency Planner, Emergency Services Unit, NH Department of Health & Human Services
 

B4. NHVOAD:  Insights into NH Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
Audience: Emergency Services, Health Care/Behavioral Health/Public Health
Level: Intermediate

This session provides insight to the various organizations that make up NHVOAD and some of the capabilities of these affiliated trained volunteers. The session also identifies equipment and other resources available and describes the reach our local/regional organizations have at the national level. Each of the panel members will describe what they bring to the disaster, what the Emergency Management Director (EMD) can expect when the volunteer organization come to your community, and their method of deployment and how they are mobilized to a disaster (regionally and statewide).

Presented by:
Tim Brown, Maine Coordinator, New England Southern Baptist Disaster Relief
Beverly J. Hoover, Volunteer, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Coordinator
Rev. Jan Howe, Minister and Disaster Response Coordinator, NH Conference United Church of Christ


Panel Moderator:
Domenic DiNatale, Emergency Service Director, Volunteer NH; Coordinator, NH Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster

 
B5. School Emergency Readiness – It Takes a Community
Audience: Emergency Services, Education/Child Care
Level: Basic

This session focuses on the importance of community involvement in the development of a school’s All Hazardous Focused Emergency Operations Plan. The supports provided to SAUs and schools by the School Emergency Readiness Progress will be discussed, in particular, training opportunities provided to schools.

Presented by:
Sean Heichlinger, Supervisor/Coordinator – School Emergency Readiness Program, Homeland Security and Emergency Management, NH Department of Safety
Scott Nichols, MBA, Emergency Management Trainer, Homeland Security and Emergency Management, NH Department of Safety
Dean Jore, Emergency Management Trainer, Homeland Security and Emergency Management, NH Department of Safety
 

B6. NH’s Drought and Response Measures
Audience: Emergency Services, Business/Critical Infrastructure Partners, Municipal/County/State/Federal Gov’t
Level: Basic

This presentation provides a summary of the NH drought status and forecast, how drought is classified in NH, how the state responds to a drought, and what water systems, municipalities, and the public can do to respond to drought including water conservation.

Presented by:
Stacy Herbold, Water Use and Conservation Manager, NH Department of Environmental Services
Jim Gallagher, Chief, Dam Bureau, NH Department of Environmental Services

 

B7. What Doesn’t an EMD Do?
Audience: Emergency Services
Level: Basic

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

This presentation aims to increase understanding among Emergency Management Directors (EMDs) on their roles and responsibilities as they relate to the five phases of emergency management: prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery. The panel of NH Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) Field Representatives and local EMDS will cover topics such as plan writing, grants, training, exercises, Emergency Operations Center (EOC) operations and preliminary disaster assessments.

Presented by:
Dave Vaillancourt, Chief of Field Services, Homeland Security and Emergency Management, NH Department of Safety
Julia Chase, Assistant Chief of Field Services, Homeland Security and Emergency Management, NH Department of Safety
Heidi Lawton, Senior Field Representative, Homeland Security and Emergency Management, NH Department of Safety

 

B8. CRASE:  Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events
Audience: All
Level: Basic

Research shows that mass shooting/active shooter events are over before law enforcement arrives on scene. Civilians who find themselves in an active shooter event must be prepared to take immediate action to save their own lives before law enforcement arrives. The Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) course is designed and built on the “Avoid, Deny, Defend” strategy that provides a proven plan for surviving an active shooter event.

Presented by:
Scott Lambertson, CRASE Instructor, Homeland Security and Emergency Management, NH Department of Safety
 

B9. When You Can’t Log On: Planning for Information Systems Downtime
Audience: All
Level: Intermediate

Healthcare’s increasing reliance on Information Technology expands beyond the support of direct patient care activities; it commonly encompasses nearly every aspect of daily operations, from supply chain management to nutrition services to finance and beyond. When IT services fail and create unplanned downtime events, each of the putative benefits of IT systems (such as improvements in speed and efficiency, integration of information, reduction of errors, and communication) can become an area of major vulnerability for an organization. Without functioning IT systems, throughput and efficiency immediately decline, communication is challenged, and carefully designed safety systems are often unavailable. Given this impact on operations, unplanned IT downtime events may be just as serious a threat to patient safety as a power outage or medical gas failure.  This session identifies ways that hospitals can close this gap by leveraging established emergency preparedness frameworks.

Presented by:
Paul Biddinger, MD, Director, Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Disaster Medicine
Alison Parmar, JD, Senior Administrative Manager, Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Disaster Medicine

 

B10. NH Preventative Radiological Nuclear Detection Program
Audience: Emergency Services, Health Care/Behavioral Health/Public Health
Level: Basic

This presentation describes a Preventative Radiological Nuclear Detection (PRND) program and the progress NH has made in establishing one. The presentation focuses on the “left of boom” strategy and tactics that the PRND program will employ to detect and interdict the illegal possession and/or transport of radiological materials that could be used as weapons of mass destruction.

Presented by:
Sgt. Jeffrey Dade, NH State Police

 
B11. New Ways to Forecast Future Weather
Audience: Emergency Services
Level: Intermediate

National Weather Service (NWS) technologies, products, and services continue to evolve. This session examines how emergency managers and the public will benefit from the revolutionary GOES R/16 Geostationary Satellite that will become operational later this year. Other topics covered will the experimental probabilistic snowfall forecast initiative; the Decision Support briefing initiative, and the NWS forecast office web page, including the NWS Widget.

Presented by:

Hendricus Lulofs, Meteorologist in Charge, National Weather Service, Gray/Portland, Maine