D1. State-Sponsored Cyber War: What You Need to Know
Five years ago, the Head of the National Security Agency and the US Cyber Command warned that China and potentially other countries were able to launch a cyberattack that would shut down the entire US power grid as well as other critical infrastructure. The national, regional, and state effects would be devastating since our economy is completely dependent on electricity.  Every aspect of our daily lives would be affected – our financial systems (stock market, banks, ATMs); communication systems (the overload of cellular communications and more traditional methods); energy systems (heat, hot water); health care systems; and all the daily conveniences that depend on electricity. Are we prepared for such an event and what does that preparedness look like?

Presented by: Albert Scherr, JD, Professor of Law, UNH Law School

Level: Advanced

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.

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.

D2. Critical Lessons Learned from the SNHU Arena Full-Scale "Active Shooter" Exercise
After nearly a year-and-a-half of planning, the SNHU Arena Full-Scale "Active-Shooter" Exercise was held in Manchester in November 2018. This session will focus on lessons learned from this multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional exercise, including how to plan and prepare as a “whole community” for an event you hope never happens.

Presented by:
Sgt. Richard Brennan, Assistant SWAT Commander, Manchester Police Department
Nathan Linstad, Crime Prevention Officer, Manchester Police Department
Lt. Brett French, Emergency Operations Center Coordinator, Manchester Fire Department
Meghan Geoffrion, MS, State Exercise & Training Officer, NH Department of Safety - Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Panel Moderator: Kevin Healey, MPA, Emergency Management Officer, Elliot Health System
Level: Basic

Intended Audience: All
D3. How to Launch a Successful Drone Program
Drones have proven to be an important asset for emergency preparedness and response. However, setting up a successful unmanned aircraft system (UAS) program involves more than just purchasing a UAS and obtaining the proper certification. This session will discuss program needs, such as: policies; procedures; privacy and civil rights; operator training and recurrency training; public outreach; regulations; and permissions/authorizations. This session will also touch on the future needs and capabilities of a UAS program as the industry and federal regulations progress and adapt.

Presented by:
Rita Castonguay Hunt, UAS Commercial Operations, ArgenTech Solutions
David Kovar, CEO / Founder, URSA, Inc.

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.

D4. Find Your Way:  Using Geographic Information Systems to Plan, Mitigate, Respond, and Recover
This session provides an overview of the current state of the most up-to-date location-enabled technology for public safety and emergency management for field operations, mutual aid coordination, at the Incident Command Post, and in the Emergency Operations Center. This session will discuss available tools and resources available for agency leaders to use in guiding adoption, implementation, and use of location-enabled technology and data - commonly referred to as GIS. Participants will obtain a discrete set of tools and resources to take back to their agencies as well as a practical action plan for increasing the use of advanced technology across public safety operations for more intelligent decision making.

Presented by: Rebecca Harned, Director, National Alliance for Public safety GIS Foundation

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.

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.

D5. Teachers Are Emergency Responders, Too: One School’s Journey to Create an Award-Winning Safety Culture
At Hollis Brookline Middle School (HBMS), recipient of the 2018 School Emergency Preparedness Award, we have committed ourselves to creating a culture of safety. By empowering teachers to take action, a commitment to professional development, collaboration with first responders, an exhaustive effort to drill, and a ferocious attitude of, “We will not sit idly by and be victims,” HBMS has become a model in school safety and emergency preparedness. Join us to learn what we do to keep our keep students and staff safe. Participants will leave with a “toolbox” of safety ideas as well as a new sense of empowerment.

Presented by:
Lynn DiZazzo, School safety Team Leader, Hollis-Brookline Middle School
Robert Thompson, School Principal, Hollis-Brookline Middle School
Rick Bergeron, School Resource Officer, Hollis Police Department

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.

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

D6. Speed Dating for Community Resilience: Leveraging Your Community’s Hidden Capacity to Serve Vulnerable Populations in Emergencies
Partnerships are essential to building resilience and effective response for the whole community. Through a series of quick presentations, session participants will meet a variety of statewide partners that can assist with meeting the needs of individuals with access and functional needs in emergencies. Come learn more about these organizations, the populations they serve, and the critical supports that these organizations can provide to your response organization! In this session, participants will: Gain awareness of the unique needs of the populations served by featured organizations in emergencies; Learn the capabilities of featured organizations serving individuals with access and functional needs to assist with emergency preparedness and response; and Identify and connect with resources that can be accessed by local emergency managers in an emergency.

Presented by: TBA

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.

D7. Deadly Sparks from the Sky: Understanding Lightning and Lightning Safety
Lightning is fascinating to watch, but it is also one of the more deadly storm-related phenomena in New Hampshire and the United States. While lightning is a very common occurrence in New Hampshire, it is also one of the least understood weather phenomena. This presentation is designed to answer many of the questions that people have concerning lightning and lightning safety -- what causes lightning, how exactly does the atmosphere become charged, which way does lightning travel, and, most importantly, how to keep people safe. In addition, the presentation will include information on the roles of towns and emergency managers in protecting the public from lightning during New Hampshire's many summertime events and festivals. Finally, the presentation will include details on where to find additional educational information on lightning and lightning safety.

Presented by: John Jensenius, Lightning Safety Specialist, National Lightning Safety Council

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.

D8. Leadership Lessons from Above the Clouds
Although strikingly beautiful, Mount Washington and the surrounding Presidential Range hold the dubious distinction of having “the world’s worst weather.” The Presidential Range is also world-renowned for the challenging terrain it provides for alpinists; as such, it has been the scene of hundreds of mountaineering accidents over the years. This session will provide an in-depth analysis of a recent tragedy on the Presidential Range and extend those lessons and others learned above tree line into your roles as system leaders, managers, staff, and team members.

Presented by: Ty Gagne, NH Public Risk Management Association (PRIMEX)

Level: Intermediate

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.

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

D9. Emerging Infectious Diseases: Global Cautionary Tales for New Hampshire
Many infectious disease events can overwhelm a state’s resources. Great demands are placed on clinicians, emergency responders, and the public health system to respond to an emerging infectious disease event associated with a high threat pathogen. This session will introduce the “ones to watch”: which emerging infectious diseases offer us cautionary tales we should be learning about today?  The guest speaker for this session will bring her perspective as an infectious disease expert who has been on the ground managing public health emergencies associated with the outbreak of infectious diseases.

Presented by: Elizabeth Talbot, MD, Deputy State Epidemiologist, Associate Professor of Medicine, NH Department of Health and Human Services and Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine

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.

D10. Do You See What I See? Survey Results Regarding the Use of Police Body-Worn Cameras
Police body-worn cameras (BWCs) have gained popularity in recent years. However, many minimize the complexity of this transparency initiative and elevate the potential benefits. While BWCs can promote police accountability, they may also reduce citizen trust in police organizations. For BWCs to achieve win-win solutions, police organizations should determine the level of citizen support for specific BWC practices. This presentation will discuss the results of two surveys conducted in New Hampshire related to citizens’ perspectives regarding BWC.

Presented by: Dan Bromberg, PhD, Associate Professor, University of NH

Level: Basic

Intended Audience:

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

D11. How NH Project FIRST Is Helping to Address the Opioid Response
NH Project FIRST is a grant-funded, mobile integrated healthcare program that uses first responders to train individuals at risk for an opioid overdose and their family/support systems on CPR/rescue breathing, naloxone administration, and the Good Samaritan Law.  First responders will also help connect these individuals to treatment and social services.  This session will discuss the progress and results to date of this program in NH.

Presented by:
Paula Holigan, Program Manager, NH Department of Safety - Fire & EMS Academy
Don DeAngelis, Med, Chief, Epping Fire Department
Rep from Concord Fire Department TBD

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.

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.

​​​BLOCK D  3:30-4:45 Concurrent Session Descriptions