Q2 2021

COVID Pandemic – New Hampshire Response

Update: On Wednesday, June 30th the State Emergency Operations Center will officially return to Steady State and will no longer be staffed for COVID-19 response. The Joint Information Center will close and DHHS will respond directly to all COVID media inquiries. In addition, the fixed vaccine sites will close; anyone wanting a COVID vaccine will go to their healthcare professional, drugstore, etc. Regional Public Health Networks will continue to hold vaccine clinics at the request of communities, businesses, etc. HSEM will continue to support DHHS and as always will be available to support all of New Hampshire’s communities and residents as needed.

NHMS Final Vaccine Supersite

On Saturday, April 24th the final supersite vaccination clinic was held at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. 6,238 individuals were vaccinated during this second dose, Pfizer-only clinic.  The event was held as a follow up to the March first dose clinic held at NHMS.

Lancaster Fairgrounds VT/NH Joint Vaccine Clinic

On Friday, May 21st the state of New Hampshire in partnership with the state of Vermont and the North Country Health Consortium held a single-dose J&J vaccine clinic at the Lancaster Fairgrounds. People who received a vaccine during the clinic received one free ticket to the Lancaster Fair, which is scheduled for September 2-6, 2021.  145 NH and VT residents were vaccinated during the one-day event.

State Training Officer Joann Beaudoin Retires

State Training Office Joann Beaudoin retired from state service after three decades  on May 20, 2021.

Jo Beaudoin during her retirement sendoff.

Joann has held a number of essential roles within HSEM and other agencies, including the State Training Officer position for a number of years now in Operations. Her knowledge of all hazards training, particularly ICS, NIMS and law enforcement resources is extensive. This has led to some great training opportunities within our state and, indeed the New England region, as Jo has worked with her colleagues across our borders.

Jo’s work and dedication to first responders across our state is unparalleled. Thousands of responders have benefited from her life’s work and our state is better off for her service and dedication.

Thank you for 36 years of outstanding contributions with exceptional performance and genuine commitment to the citizens of New Hampshire.

HSEM Assistant Director Grant Nichols Receives Paul Harris Fellow Recognition

On May 19, HSEM Assistant Director Grant Nichols was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow for all the significant contributions he has made over the years to his community.  Paul Harris was one of the founders of the Rotary in 1905.  The award was presented by Nancy Rhinesmith (A.D. Nichols’ mother) and was shared by the Rotary Club of Dover, NH and Pleasant Point Rotary in New Jersey via Zoom.  Congratulations A.D. Nichols for this well-deserved service honor.

EMD Resource Templates

The HSEM Community Outreach Office has developed and published EMD Resource Template toolkits for use by officials across NH. Each toolkit includes instructions, press release templates, talking points, and graphics/images for use on social media. Some of the graphics are even customizable so you can include your own message and logo.

The following EMD Resource Templates are available for download from the HSEM Resource Center:

  • Blackouts and Power Outages
  • Extreme Heat
  • Hurricanes
  • Thunderstorms 

Additional templates, include flood and general preparedness, are being developed. If you have a recommendation or specific request, please contact your HSEM Field Representative or the Community Outreach Office.

HSEM Community Outreach Materials

NH HSEM continues to promote a ReadyNH through actively informing the public of good preparedness practices and tips through our outreach and social media.  Weather preparedness events like Lightning Safety Awareness Week, (June 21-25th) is  one of the many safety weeks where information is shared across all of HSEM’s platforms. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for helpful and informative preparedness information to share with your communities.

In addition, hand-out materials can be requested using the new Community Outreach Materials online form or request sheet. Contact your HSEM Field Representative or the Community Outreach Office for more information.

The HSEM 2020 End of Year Report is now available online!