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

D1. The Essentials of Evacuation Planning  FULL
Level: Basic       Intended Audience: Health Care/Behavioral Health/Public Health (This presentation is designed to assist long term care facilities in the development of evacuation plans in an all hazards all risk environment.)

This session will give an overview of the 2017 CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule and its requirements for all-hazards emergency planning, with a focus on long-term care facilities. The session will also cover the Nursing Home Incident Command System and review preparations for an evacuation table top exercise, including the essential components of the planning and a sample plan. Representatives from agencies that collaborated to conduct a full scale exercise will describe the planning process, priority focus areas for the exercise, lessons learned from the exercise, and what improvement actions were identified.


  • John Prickett, RN, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, LRGHealthcare
  • Kenneth Erickson, Fire Chief/Emergency Management Director, Laconia Fire Department
  • Christopher Goshea, NRENT-Paramedic, Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Greater Monadnock Public Health Network
  • Trisha Jones, Employee Health and Wellness Program Coordinator/Safety Officer, Home Healthcare, Hospice & Community Services
  • Eric Hansen, Director of Maintenance, Genesis Healthcare, LLC/Westwood Center
  • Robert DiLuzio, Jr., NREMT-Paramedic, Chief of Operations, DiLuzio Ambulance Service

D2. Team Rubicon: Responding to Natural Disasters
Level: Intermediate       Intended Audience: Emergency Services; Human/Social Services; Municipal/County/State/Fed Gov’t

Team Rubicon will share its experience as a disaster response organization during Hurricanes Harvey and Maria. This session will also discuss how Team Rubicon, a veteran-led disaster response organization, approaches resiliency and wellness to promote the physical and mental health of its volunteers through training, physical fitness programs, community service projects, and partnerships. The goal of this session is to promote discussion of strategies for building resiliency and wellness for anyone involved in disaster response activities and share best practices that may be implemented in NH and other regional emergency response groups.

Presented by: 

  • Eliezer Rivera, Clay Hunt Fellow, Team Rubicon
  • Jennifer Lawrence, LICSW, Regional Wellness Manager, Team Rubicon
  • Frederick Treiss, NH Planning Coordinator, Team Rubicon


D3. Climate Resilience Listening Session
Level: Intermediate       Intended Audience: All (Members of any sector with climate resilience research and engagement needs, especially emergency management professionals.)

The purpose of this session is to review existing climate resilience-related information and explore opportunities for improved resilience through connecting scientific research with emergency preparedness efforts. The session will be moderated by members of NH’s Coastal Adaptation Workgroup who work to improve the connection between coastal community needs and research interests in resilience.


  • Sherry Godlewski, MS, Resilience and Adaptation Manager, NH Department of Environmental Services
  • Julia Peterson, MST, Extension Specialist, NH Sea Grant and UNH Cooperative Extension
  • Cameron Wake, PhD, Research Professor, University of NH

D4. What’s Up With the Weather? An Update on NWS Weather Tools  FULL
Level: Intermediate       Intended Audience: Emergency Services; Education/Child Care; Municipal/County/State/Fed Gov’t

This session will describe the many ways the National Weather Service (NWS) provides weather information, from weather radio broadcasts to decision support services. Topics covered will include observed weather, forecast weather, decision support services, the new enhanced hazardous weather outlook, and tips for navigating the NWS website. A case study of the 3/2/2018 East Coast Storm will be used to demonstrate the resources available to emergency managers, first responders, and government officials.

Presented by: Hendricus Lulofs, Meteorologist in Charge, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration / National Weather Service

D5. North Woods Law: An Overview of NH Fish and Game's Law Enforcement Division  FULL
Level: Basic       Intended Audience: Emergency Services; Municipal/County/State/Fed Gov’t

This presentation will provide an overview of the NH Fish and Game Department, including the agency’s mission statement, history, organizational structure, and funding, with an emphasis on the Law Enforcement Division. Discussion will include duties of Conservation Officers, statewide search and rescue (SAR), specialized SAR teams, and the State Emergency Operation Center’s (SEOC’s) role and responsibilities. The presentation will conclude with a discussion regarding the "North Woods Law: NH" television series, as seen on Animal Planet, and featuring Conservation Officers of the NH Fish and Game Department.


  • Major Jim Juneau, Conservation Officer, Assistant Chief of Law Enforcement, NH Fish and Game Department
  • Eric Hannett, Conservation Officer, NH Fish and Game Department
  • Chris McKee, Conservation Officer, NH Fish and Game Department

D6. Moving the Herd: Planning for Animals during Manmade and Natural Disasters at the Town-Level
Level: Basic       Intended Audience: Emergency Services; Human/Social Services

When municipalities face natural or manmade disasters impacting animals such as large-scale animal cruelty cases and severe weather events, the logistics of response is typically complicated and costly. What resources do you need to plan for to respond to the needs of pets and pet owners in YOUR community? What other agencies should you involve in your planning and response efforts? What is your authority and obligation to shelter pets following a disaster or animal cruelty seizure? In this session, we’ll discuss how to include pets in your local emergency planning efforts, best practices for pet sheltering and cooperation with other agencies, and what resources (e.g., equipment and MOUs) are available at the local-, state-, and national-level to help you with this special needs population.

Presented by: 

  • Joanne Bourbeau, Chair, Windham Disaster Animal Response Team; Secretary, Vermont Disaster Animal Response Team; Northeaster Regional Director, The Humane Society of the US
  • Kevin Healey, MPA, NEMAA, Emergency Management Officer, Elliot Health System

D7. Protecting Our Own: Exploring the Role of Volunteers in Emergency Incident Rehabilitation
Level: Basic      Intended Audience: Emergency Services (Emergency Response Agencies, Emergency Managers/Planners, VOAD groups)

First responders such as firefighters and police have some of the most dangerous occupations. In the fire service alone, half of all line of duty deaths are a result of stress and overexertion during emergency operations. Rest between tasks, fluid intake, medical monitoring, and decontamination procedures are well documented best practices to reduce first responder death, injury, and long-term effects. Nonetheless, response agencies struggle to provide Emergency Incident Rehabilitation due to insufficient staffing and lack of trained crews. Volunteer groups, including CERT and MRC, can provide this vital service and, in doing so, energize and engage their volunteers in local responses.

In this session, participants will be introduced to the process of Emergency Incident Rehabilitation, see a demonstration of the rehabilitation skills, and review how volunteer groups can integrate into emergency response systems to provide rehabilitation. This program is designed for medical and non-medical participants.

Presented by: 

  • Jonathan Miller, MS, PA-C, EMT-B, Assistant Fire Chief, Mason Fire Department
  • Jennifer Frenette, BS, CHEP, NREMT-I, V, C (ret), Medical Reserve Corps Region I Coordinator, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, US Department of Health and Human Services
  • Joanne Belanger, RN, Assistant Health Director/Public Health Advisor, Community Development & Planning, Town of Andover, MA

D8. FirstNet New Hampshire: Putting NH’s First Responders on the Information Superhighway  FULL
Level: Intermediate    Intended Audience: Health Care/Behavioral Health/Public Health; Emergency Services; Municipal/County/State/Fed Gov’t (Public Safety Communications)

The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 created the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), after years of Congressional advocacy by public safety. The law gives FirstNet the mission to ensure the building, deployment, and operation of the first high-speed, nationwide wireless broadband network with spectrum dedicated to public safety. In March 2017, FirstNet awarded its core contract to AT&T to enhance the network and provide a collaborative work environment between FirstNet, AT&T, and first responders throughout the nation as construction begins. NH is engaged in this effort that will provide increased LTE (cell & data) communication services to Public Safety agencies throughout the State.

Presented by: 

  • John Stevens, MPA, Statewide Interoperability Coordinator, NH Department of Safety
  • Michael Varney, Region I Coordinator, FirstNet
  • Bruce Fitzgerald, Principal Consultant, AT&T

D9. Recognition and Prioritization of Environmental/Physical Threats for Critical Path Emergency Planning and Response
Level: Basic      Intended Audience: Health Care/Behavioral Health/Public Health; Emergency Services; Business/Critical Infrastructure Partners;  Municipal/County/State/Federal Govt.

This session will describe a common sense approach to recognizing, prioritizing, and addressing potential threats to emergency response preparedness before and during emergencies.

Presented by: 

  • Michael Penney, PE, Senior Engineer, GeoInsight, Inc.
  • Michael Nereson, PE, Senior Engineer, GeoInsight, Inc.
  • Lorilee Mather, PE, Senior Project Engineer, GeoInsight, Inc.

D10. Best Practices for Mail Screening and Handling Processes & Basic Structural Blast Mitigation Methods
Level: Basic       Intended Audience: All (For people who perform risk management, and who are responsible for security.)

This session will provide a survey of best practices for mail screening and handling and provide a basic review of methods and practices used to strengthen structures against blast damage.

Presented by: Jason Climer, Protective Security Advisor – NH District, Protective Security Coordination Division, Office of Infrastructure Protection, US Department of Homeland Security

D11. Rapid Disaster Assessment and Response using Survey 123 for ArcGIS: The White Mountain National Forest experience
Level: Intermediate       Intended Level: Emergency Services; Municipal/County/State/Fed Gov’t

Rapid assessment of damage is critical to resource allocation during and after incidents. Survey123 for ArcGIS provides a simple and versatile solution to help address these needs. This session will examine the implementation of Survey 123 on the White Mountain National Forest during the October 30, 2017 flooding event as a case study. Discussion will include the use of Survey123 to record the location and type of road and trail damage, and illustrate the ability of this technology to share results quickly with decision makers to facilitate real-time adjustments to disaster response.

Presented by: Anna Johnson, GIS Specialist, White Mountain National Forest, US Forest Service

D12. 15 Days in the Rochester Extreme Cold Weather Shelter  FULL
Level: Intermediate       Intended Audience: Health Care/Behavioral Health/Public Health; Emergency Services; Business/Critical Infrastructure Partners
Human/Social Services; Municipal/County/State/Federal Govt.

Learn how emergency management and community organization leaders forged a (previously non-existent) public-private partnership to stand-up an emergency shelter for homeless and housing-insecure people in response to a sustained arctic cold event in late December 2017. Presenters will share the developments that led to shelter opening and describe the unprecedented, quasi-traditional, multi-agency response that led to safely sheltering over 100 people (many with mental health or substance use needs) and connecting more than 60 people to social service supports during the 15-day event. Lessons learned related to traditional emergency shelter planning and operational efforts will be shared.

Presented by: 

  • Tory Jennison, PhD, RN, Director of Population Health, Region 6 Integrated Delivery Network/Strafford County Citizen Corps
  • Mark Klose, BS, EFO, NRP, Fire Chief/Emergency Management Director, City of Rochester