NH EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS CONFERENCE

BLOCK C 1:45-3:00 Concurrent Session Descriptions
C1. Chickens aren’t the only ones who need a COOP
Audience: Emergency Services, Education/Child Care, Municipal/County/State/Federal Government, Business/Critical Infrastructure Partners
Level: Intermediate

Continuity of Operations (COOP) is more than just relocation in a dire emergency. Nearly everyone is practicing COOP right now. Most agencies have vacancies, but that person's job is still getting done… how? This session provides an overview of COOP and its purpose, including information on the 10 essential elements of a viable continuity plan and the phases of COOP. This session also covers the use of the COOP Template and its adaptability to state, local, private, and educational entities. The COOP Crosswalk will also be discussed to help attendees better understand what is required for a COOP Plan so that they can develop their own plans. Finally, this session covers funding options for COOP Planning, technical assistance the State of NH will be able to provide to entities in the development of their COOP Plans, and an opportunity for Q&A.

Presented by:
Parker Moore, FF/AEMT, Emergency Management Planning Specialist, Homeland Security and Emergency Management, NH Department of Safety
Laura Bartlett, Program Planner II, Homeland Security and Emergency Management, NH Department of Safety

 

C2. Planning for Everyone:  Inclusive Disaster Response Planning
Audience: Emergency Services, Human/Social Services
Level: Intermediate

Inclusive emergency management for the whole community is a dynamic topic which is evolving with continuous change and progress. This interactive presentation will increase participants’ knowledge on the concepts of inclusive emergency management, a whole community approach to increased disaster resiliency, and current challenges in emergency management. The role of participants in ensuring physical, programmatic, and communication accessibility across all phases of emergency management will be addressed.

Presented by:
Kate McCarthy-Barnett, PhD., Regional Disability Integration Specialist, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Region 1
Peter Rennert, CEM, Operations Integration Branch Chief, Response Division, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Region 1

 
C3. Public Information Officers: A One-Person Band Part I
Audience: Emergency Services
Level: Intermediate

Note: This is a two-part session but you do not have to attend both. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop or tablet.


The Public Information Office is often one person performing the critical function of public outreach during an emergency. In this two part session, Part I includes a participatory workshop focusing on tools to help public information officers produce outreach materials quickly. Attendees will receive access to outreach calendars and pre-packaged outreach materials for use before, during, and after an emergency. Attendees are encouraged to try the tools out during the session and ask questions.

Then join us for Part II at 3:30 where the focus will shift to social media. See Block D / Session D3 Part II description.

Presented by:
Michael Todd, JD, Public Information Officer, NH Department of Safety
Anna Swenson, Public Information Office Program assistant, Homeland Security and Emergency Management, NH Department of Safety


 
C4. Understanding Impacts of Ice Storms on NH Forests: New Insights from the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest
Audience: Emergency Services, Business/Critical Infrastructure Partners, Municipal/County/State/Federal Government
Level: Basic

This presentation shares findings from a new research project based at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in the White Mountains. During the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 winters, scientists at Hubbard Brook created artificial ice storms to measure impacts on forest ecosystems. Scientists are working to quantify the relationship between the thickness of ice accumulating in an ice storm, the amount of downed wood in broken limbs and trees, and how forests respond to ice storms in the long term, looking at growth rates, interactions with invasive species, and how elements like carbon and nitrogen cycle through the ecosystem.

Ice storms are expected to become more frequent and severe in the northeastern United States and eastern Canada as long term climate continues to warm while short term weather patterns still bring blasts of arctic air into the region.

Presented by:
Lindsey Rustad, PhD, Research Ecologist, USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station
 

C5. When it DOES Happen Here:  An Active Shooter Event
Audience: Health Care/Behavioral Health/Public Health, Emergency Services, Business/Critical Infrastructure Partners, Municipal/County/State/Federal Government
Level: Basic

The presentation gives an in-depth look of being prepared for a shooting event at any facility. The presentation discusses risk factors, preparedness efforts, drills, policies, education, reviews, and lessons learned from an actual shooting event at a NH hospital. The session is a mix of presentation, discussion, videos, and news articles.

Presented by:
Frank Laratonda, CHSS, CVPM-I, Director of Security and Patient Transport, Wentworth-Douglass Hospital
Ellie Daigle, RN, BSN, CPHRM, Clinical Risk Manager, Wentworth-Douglass Hospital

 

C6. NH Department of Environmental Services - Spill Response & Complaint Investigation Section
Audience: Emergency Services
Level: Basic

This presentation covers the role of the Spill Response and Complaint Investigation Section (SRCIS) of the State of NH Department of Environmental Services. The SRCIS covers a wide variety of functions, including emergency response to petroleum and hazardous waste spills and investigating complaints related to improper handling and disposal of petroleum, hazardous and solid wastes onto the ground or into surface waters of the state. SRCIS responds to a variety of spills and complaints including automotive accidents, residential heating oil spills, airplane crashes, illegal handling and disposal of infectious wastes, inspection of automobile salvage yards, asbestos disposal, and leaking underground and leaking above-ground storage tank.

Presented by:
George J. Carrigan, ENV-IV, Spill Response & Complaint Investigation Section, NH Department of Environmental Services


C7. Going For The Grant – HSEM Exercise Process
Audience: Emergency Services, Municipal/County/State/Federal Gov’t
Intended for grant managers, finance managers, HR (finance), department heads, or training/exercise coordinators
Level: Basic

This presentation provides a step-by-step guide on how to apply for exercise and training grant funds through the NH Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) Training & Exercise Unit, in compliance with Grants Management and Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) guidelines. Topics that will be covered include: a review of the application process, criteria for grant funding, choosing the appropriate level of exercise and/or training, policies and procedures, equipment, a review of previous training and exercises, timelines, and the reimbursement process. This presentation is intended for Police, Fire & EMS Department Heads, Emergency Management Directors, Training & Exercise Officers, Grant Managers, and Human Resources and/or Finance personnel.

Presented by:
Ronald O’Keefe, State Exercise Officer, Training and Exercise Unit, Homeland Security and Emergency Management, NH Department of Safety
Joann Beaudoin, State Training Officer, Training and Exercise Unit, Homeland Security and Emergency Management, NH Department of Safety
Meghan Geoffrion, State Exercise Training Officer, Training and Exercise Unit, Homeland Security and Emergency Management, NH Department of Safety


 
C8. NH Reunification Services During Mass Care Incidents
Audience: Health Care/Behavioral Health/Public Health, Emergency Services, Education/Child Care, Human/Social Services, Municipal/County/State/Federal Government
Level: Basic

When disasters occur that result in large numbers of casualties, power and phone outages, evacuations, and high levels of media coverage, local jurisdictions can quickly become overwhelmed with requests from concerned family, friends, and colleagues to locate individuals within the disaster-impacted area. Since Hurricane Katrina, the American Red Cross (ARC) Safe and Well website has helped alleviate this burden. Up until now, reunification services within State and local EOPs have been aligned with the Safe and Well Program. In reality, the ARC program is only one tool that can be used for reunification services. Reunification is a combination of community efforts that involves the non-governmental, private, government, and public sectors. This panel presentation addresses the process, functions, standards, responsibilities, authorities, and control mechanisms for coordinated, timely, and efficient reunification services within NH.

Presented by:
Carole Totzkay, CHES, Public Health Emergency Planner, Emergency Services Unit, NH Department of Health & Human Services
Kristen Binau, Regional Disaster Officer, NH/VT American Red Cross

 

C9. NH Opioid Crisis: Challenging Our Preparedness
Audience: Health Care/Behavioral Health/Public Health, Emergency Services, Business/Critical Infrastructure Partners, Human/Social Services, Municipal/County/State/Federal Government
Level: Basic

The impact of the opioid crisis extends beyond Public Safety into hospitals. The increased number of patients arriving at or being transported to hospital emergency departments impacts already stressed healthcare systems, sometimes requiring facilities to implement tenets of their Emergency Operations Plans such as surge capacity protocols and other initiatives to improve patient flow and lessen the impacts of this domino effect. These protocols include prioritizing and streamlining the admission and discharge processes, as well as sharing information between hospitals such as bed capacity and availability.

This presentation presents the history of opiate use in medical treatment, along with the beginning of the abuse problem as it relates to the growth of the addictive problem. Catholic Medical Center is pleased to share our experiences and the processes we utilize to address this ongoing dilemma and how we work with community partners to address the challenges of societal re-entry.

Presented by:
William Goodman, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer & Vice President of Medical Affairs, Catholic Medical Center

Lu Mulla, RN, BSN, MN, Vice President Clinical & Emergency Services, Catholic Medical Center
Paul Blais, RRT, Director Respiratory Care, Co-chair Emergency Management, Catholic Medical Center

 

C10. FEMA Procurement Standards
Audience: Health Care/Behavioral Health/Public Health, Emergency Services, Education/Child Care, Municipal/County/State/Federal Government
Level: Basic

The purpose of this presentation is to give an overview of the procurement standards imposed by the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (codified at 2 C.F.R. §§ 200.317 through 200.326) on recipients and subrecipients when procuring services and property with funding from any FEMA grant program.

Presented by:
Scott W. Smith, Esq., Regional Counsel, FEMA Region I
 

C11. Building Resilient Communities in Today’s Uncertain World
Audience: Emergency Services, Business/Critical Infrastructure Partners, Human/Social Services, Municipal/County/State/Federal Government
Anyone involved in municipalities, emergency preparedness, community resilience.
Level: Basic

Resilient communities have the capability to anticipate risk, limit impact, and bounce back rapidly through adaptability, evolution, and growth in the face of catastrophic change. Every community has the resources to recover from disasters; those resources just need to be networked and organized prior to disasters. This presentation teaches participants how communities can form a local, sustainable, and community-building organization dedicated to helping local residents recover from disasters.

Presented by:
Anne Goodrich, Co-owner/Consultant, Upstreet Consulting, LLC

 
C12. Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Disaster Management
Audience: Emergency Services, Municipal/County/State/Federal Government
Level: Basic

This presentation discusses the wide variety of uses of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) (i.e., drones) in disaster response, recovery, preparedness, and mitigation; current regulations (federal, state, and local) on UAS use; and the steps to become authorized in UAS operation.

Presented by:
Rita Castonguay Hunt, Aviation Planner and Pilot, Bureau of Aeronautics, NH Department of Transportation
Tricia L. Schoeneck Lambert, Administrator, Bureau of Aeronautics, NH Department of Transportation