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.
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On October 11th, 2018, North Country Health Consortium PHEP Program Manager, Jim Richardson, attended the Granite State Healthcare Coalition training conference in Plymouth, NH. The conference covered topics including, developing training and exercises for “long-term care agencies” to help ensure they meet the requirements of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Emergency Preparedness Rule. Attendees from the North Country included, Coos County Nursing Home and Saint Vincent de Paul Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Berlin.
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.
Contact Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Manager, Jim Richardson: jrichardson@NCHCNH.org