Preparing for Public Health Emergencies
Public Health 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.
Click the following link or image below to access the Regional Public Health Emergency Annex (RPHEA):
Access the Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Glossary of terms:
- Find a COVID vaccine/booster near you at vaccines.NH.gov
- Get information and resources on testing for COVID in NH
- Need support navigating issues caused or challenged by COVID?
Get in touch with a Community Health Worker (CHW) by emailing: COVIDsupport@NCHCNH.org
Adult Vaccine Assessment Tool
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State of NH Resources
- ReadyNH.gov is New Hampshire's official source for information during state emergencies.
- New Hampshire Department of Safety's Homeland Security and Emergency Management coordinates the State’s response to major disasters (e.g. natural disasters, such as hurricanes, floods and severe winter storms), human-caused disasters (e.g. nuclear power plant accidents or chemical spills), and planning and training to prepare for terrorist attacks.
- Ready.gov was designed to educate and empower the American people to prepare for, respond to and mitigate emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters. The goal of the Ready campaign is to promote preparedness through public involvement.
- ASPR TRACIE Health Care Coalition Influenza Pandemic Checklist
General Emergency Preparedness
Public Health Resources:
- Sign up for NH Alerts to receive public safety notices issued by the State of New Hampshire and severe weather warnings directly from the National Weather Service. NH residents are asked to download the NH Alerts mobile application from the App Store and Google Play to receive emergency and severe weather notifications from state officials.
- Sign up for code red notification
- PreparednessGuide.org is a go-to resource for all things related to disaster preparedness, including information about how to be prepared, whether for a fire, extended power outage, or serious natural disaster, including hurricane, earthquake or tornado.
Utility and Service Assistance:
- Public Service of New Hampshire
- Fairpoint Communications
- Northern NH Unit Medical Reserve Corps Unit Profile
For more information, contact NCHC's Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Coordinator, Zina Schmidt: zschmidt@NCHCNH.org