North Country Health Consortium

Emergency Preparedness

Preparing for emergencies is not new. You take steps to stay safe every day. For instance, you wear your seatbelt in the car, just in case you are in an accident. You make sure your children wear helmets when they ride their bicycles. Your great-grandparents probably had extra supplies in their home, including soap and shampoo in bathroom closets, onions and potatoes stored in the cellar, and canned goods on pantry shelves. They understood the value and wisdom of having a little extra on hand for emergencies.

New Hampshire has its share of emergencies, including ice storms, tornadoes, floods, and power outages. Refer to the sections below for state, federal, and general emergency preparedness resources to help you and your family stay safe and be prepared for any emergency. 

Upcoming Public Health Events/Trainings

The North Country Regional Coordinating Committee (RCC) will be hosting "Stop the Bleed" Training at the next bi-monthly RCC meeting. This training is open to the public!

North Country Public Health Emergency Preparedness Activities

On Friday, September 28th agency representatives met at Coos County Nursing Hospital in West Stewartstown, NH, for a workshop aimed at improving the facility’s Emergency Plan. Facilitated by the North Country Health Consortium’s Public Health Emergency Preparedness  (PHEP) Program Manager, Jim Richardson, the workshop and tabletop exercise, which had participants working through a given scenario to improve the facility’s Emergency Plan— met the requirements for all nursing homes in the State of NH through the newly-enacted Emergency Management regulations from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS). Participating agencies included staff from the Coos County Nursing Hospital, Coos County Correctional Facility, NH State Police, Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital, Bellows Falls Fire Department, 45th Parallel EMS, and the North Country Health Consortium.

       On September 26, 2018, the North Country Health Consortium's PHEP Manager, Jim Richardson, delivered the FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) training, ICS 402, before a group of North Country PHN members and agency partners. The purpose of this training is to familiarize executive and senior officials, including elected officials, city/county managers, and agency administrators, with Incident Command System (ICS), which refers to the combination of procedures, personnel, facilities, equipment, and communication operating within a common organization structure, designed to aid in the management of on-scene resources during incidents.

      On July 16, 2018, the North Country Public Health Emergency Preparedness Regional Coordinating Committee sponsored the “Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events” (CRASE) Training. Generously facilitated by Lt. Tim Godin of the Berlin Police Department at the Androscoggin Valley Hospital (AVH), this valuable and timely training was attended by staff from AVH, School Administrative Unit (SAU) 20, Weeks Medical Center, Coos County Family Health Services, as well as North Country Health Consortium. 

NH State Resources

Federal Resources

General Emergency Preparedness 

Public Health Resources:

Utility and Service Assistance:

For more information

Contact Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Manager, Jim Richardson: jrichardson@NCHCNH.org

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