C1. Beyond Cats and Dogs: Livestock and Emergency Planning
Did you know that there are more livestock in NH than dogs and cats combined? During a disaster, livestock owners are no less reluctant than dog or cat owners to leave their animals without some plan for care, but planning for these animals requires some unique considerations. This session will help emergency managers and others involved in local emergency responses to understand what should be considered with regards to livestock during an emergency response.

Presented by: Stephen Crawford, DVM, State Veterinarian, NH Department of Agriculture, Markets, and Food

Level: Intermediate

Intended Audience:

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

Human/Social Services - Children/youth/senior service providers, family services, disabilities services, and other community services and faith based organizations.

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

C2. Resiliency and Mitigation: A Match Made in Emergency Planning Heaven?
Many NH municipalities are working with their regional planning commissions and the NH Coastal Adaptation Workgroup (CAW) to address a multitude of challenges from current and projected impacts of climate change. Hazard mitigation planning is a powerful and necessary tool to address many of these challenges - particularly when coupled with local vulnerability assessment data, long-range planning, and investment in resilience measures. This session will highlight municipalities that have integrated climate change information and resilience into their hazard mitigation plans as well as provide examples of local implementation successes.

Presented by:
Sherry Godlewski, Resilience and Adaptation Manager, NH Department of Environmental Services
Julie LaBranche, Senior Planner, Rockingham Planning Commission
Kyle Pimental, Principle Regional Planner, Stafford Regional Planning Commission

Level: Intermediate

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.

C3. Is Your Emergency Planning RAD Enough?
This session will examine possible radiological incidents and the basis for how decisions are made for public protection from those potential incidents. A discussion of current environmental monitoring efforts in New Hampshire and the robust capabilities of the Division of Public Health Services’ Public Health Laboratories will also be provided.

Presented by:

Brennen Brunner, Emergency Response Planner, NH Department of Health and Human Services - Division of Public Health Services, Radiological Health Section
Debanond Chakraborty, Radiochemist, NH Public Health Laboratory

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.

Emergency management, public health, planners, and responders. This is an awareness level session, at a basic-intermediate level

C4. The Cavalry Is Not Coming: Preparing for a Long-Term Power Outage
This presentation will be of interest to all audiences. For local governments, organizations involved in disaster response and businesses this presentation is “step 1” in Continuity of Operations. If our people are not prepared for a disaster, they will not be available to respond. For citizens, these are preparedness concepts that can mean the difference between their family being disaster survivors or victims. For Emergency Managers, this is about building a culture of preparedness.

The United States is unprepared for a long-term national scale power outage, such as from a cyberattack, solar storm, or terrorist strike. The US Senate Committee on Homeland Security predicts that millions (!) of Americans would die if there was a long-term power outage. Is your family prepared for a power outage lasting for weeks, months, or longer? Is your community prepared? This session will review the threats to the electric grid, lessons learned from past disasters, and what your family and your community can do now to prepare. You will leave this session with ideas for an action plan for your family, your community, or both.

Presented by: Michael Mabee, Author, Souhegan CERT, and  Secure Grid Coalition

Level: Basic


Intended Audience: All

C5. Speaking Out about the Silent Killer, Carbon Monoxide: Protect Yourself and Your Community
This session will answer a critical question: As a first responder, are you protected and properly equipped with a detection device before you enter a residence? The causes of carbon monoxide and the serious issue of carbon monoxide poisoning for NH citizens and first responders will be covered, as well as current data and how recent events have occurred. You will learn how you can organize and execute a community campaign on carbon monoxide awareness safety and how the American Red Cross and the VT/NH CO Alliance can assist you with your community outreach.

Presented by: Marc Prindiville, Chief Mechanical Inspector, NH Department of Safety - Office of the Fire Marshal, Mechanical Division

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.

C6. Time to Recharge:  A Panel Discussion Related to Utilities and Emergency Events
This session will be panel of representatives from utility companies in NH focusing on coordination of NH utilities and external communities related to electric and gas emergency events. Representatives will discuss safety and protection methods and procedures in place to ensure safe, reliable services are provided to customers as they work with the communities in which they serve.


Presented by:
John P. O'Connor, Senior Emergency Preparedness Specialist, Eversource NH
Jacklyn Ulban, Manager of Business Resiliency and Compliance, Unitil
Matthew Cody, Emergency Management Coordinator, Liberty Utilities
John Ducsai, Manager of Business Continuity, NH Electric Cooperative

Level: Basic

Intended Audience:

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

Emergency Managers and Incident Commanders

C7. Swiftwater Flood Rescue Team Response to Hurricane Florence (North Carolina)
For the first time in state history, NH deployed a Type I Swiftwater Flood Rescue Task Force in September 2018. Hurricane Florence devastated parts of North Carolina. The multi-agency task force worked under severe conditions to overcome obstacles and assist more than 75 residents. If you send or receive resources during disasters, you do not want to miss the lessons learned from this experience. We will discuss obstacles we overcame before, during, and after the deployment to help you plan for a disaster. Some obstacles were known, but others we didn’t think about. Finance, logistics, resource management, and family impacts are only some of the lessons we will share. The rescue personnel were only a portion of the team needed to make this mission a success. Is your team ready?

Presented by:
Ben Selleck, Training and EMS Captain, Bedford Fire Department, Team Leader, Souhegan Mutual Aid Swiftwater / Flood Rescue Team
Keith Folsom, Lieutenant, Bedford Fire Department

Level: Intermediate

Intended Audience:

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

C8. "Take Your Pills": Lessons Learned for a New Point of Dispensing Manager
The panel will discuss the process of planning for and participating in a regional point of dispensing (POD) exercise in April 2019. The Fire Chief/EMD and designated POD manager for the City of Berlin will lead the discussion and lessons learned for this exercise. Additionally, this exercise involved several entities that are closed PODs. This added a layer of complexity to the exercise.

Presented by:
John C. Lacasse, Fire Chief, Emergency Managemenet Director, and POD Manager, City of Berlin
Steve Yannuzzi, Upper Valley Public Health Regional Coordinator, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
James Richardson, CHEP, North Country Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program Manager, North Country Health Consortium

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.


This panel discussion will be targeted towards those regional municipal officials and others that may be involved in participating in a point of dispensing exercise or real world event.

C9. From Hometown to Homeland Security: Public Health and Healthcare Threat Environment and Updates from the NH Information and Analysis Center
NH Information and Analysis Center (NHIAC) staff will discuss recent advances in public health/healthcare stakeholder expansion and outreach to the local, county, state, and private sector public health/healthcare community. Updates to the Drug Monitoring Initiative (DMI) will be provided. Staff will also present on the current threat environment and suspicious activity targeting the public health/healthcare sector in the State of New Hampshire.

Presented by:
Ryan Nix, MA, Intelligence Analyst, Nh Information and Analysis Center
Bryan Jablonski, Intelligence Officer, US Department of Homeland Security - Office of Intelligence and Analysis - Field Operations

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.

C10. Keeping the Faith:  How to Work with Your Houses of Worship to Build Emergency Preparedness
Houses of worship face a dual challenge in today’s world—they need to be welcoming and open to everyone but, at the same time, provide adequate protection from a number of hazards not limited to medical emergencies, suspicious packages, cyberattacks, active shooters, and violence against children. Local emergency responders are in the best position to assist their community’s houses of worship with facility and procedure reviews and recommendations. This presentation will provide an overview of lessons learned and highly-practical advice for responders and community leaders to better help build emergency preparedness for this important part of their communities.

Presented by:
Robert Allen Christensen, DA, Operations Chief, NH Department of Safety - Homeland Security and Emergency Management

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: Intermediate

Intended Audience:

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

Human/Social Services – Children/youth/senior services providers, family services, disabilities services, and other community services and faith based organizations.

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

C11. Improving School Security through Data-Driven Decisions
To answer the question “How many school shootings have occurred?” and address the void of centralized and available data, the K-12 School Shooting Database (K-12 SSDB) was created as a resource tool from the Center for Homeland Defense and Security. The product is a filtered, deconflicted, and cross-referenced database of more than 1,360 K-12 school shootings from 1970 to present collated from the referenced sources, as well as new and continued collection, and validated by the team (David Riedman and Desmond O’Neill). This session will discuss the practical uses of the K-12 SSDB and how it includes detailed information about each incident, a reliability score that quantifies the dependability of the information, and the verified primary source citation(s).

Presented by:
David Riedman, MA, Co-Founder, K12 School Shooting Database, Center for Homeland Defense and Security
Desmond O'Neill, MA, MS, Co-Founder, K12 School Shooting Database, Center for Homeland Defense and Security

Level: Intermediate

Intended Audience: All

C12./D12. What You Need to Know about Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (C.R.A.S.E)
Law enforcement officers and agencies are frequently requested by schools, businesses, and community members for direction and presentations on what they should do if confronted with an active shooter event. The Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events session provides strategies, guidance, and a proven plan for surviving an active shooter event. Topics include the history and prevalence of active shooter events, civilian response options, medical issues, and considerations for conducting drills.

Presented by: Mark Nash, Exercise Training Officer, NH Department of Safety - Homeland Security and Emergency Management


      (C12 / D12 is a double sessions and runs from 1:45-4:45 with a 15 minutes break)        

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.

Human/Social Services - Children/youth/senior service providers, family services, disabilities services, and other community services and faith based organizations.

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

BLOCK C 1:45-3:00 Concurrent Session Descriptions​​