The Public Health Emergency Preparedness program staff collaborate with regional partners to develop and maintain an all-hazards Regional Public Health Emergency Response Annex (RPHERA) that describes critical operational functions during an emergency for health and medical support functions in compliance with the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
The PHEP staff also work with key stakeholders to enhance the public health emergency response capabilities:
Every five years, the Greater Nashua Public Health Network invites a variety of stakeholders and partners from across all community sectors from each town within the region to participate in a Jurisdictional Risk Assessment. This assessment aims to identify public health threats and hazards that make communities most vulnerable.
The latest Jurisdictional Risk Assessment was conducted in January 2019 with participation from more than 50 community partners who were able to identify the top risks and mitigation strategies for the region.Partners will be tasked with creating a work plan for each selected mitigation strategy to implement over the next five years.
The Greater Nashua Healthcare Emergency Response Coalition (HERC) is a collaborative of public health and healthcare organizations, including public and private sector response partners, that collaborate to increase the capacity of the Greater Nashua Public Health Region to efficiently and effectively prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies and disasters that will potentially impact the Region's healthcare infrastructure.
The Greater Nashua HERC has often been referred to as the model for healthcare coalitions for emergency preparedness and response in the State of New Hampshire and continues to provide technical assistance to organizations in need of exercise design and evaluation support, emergency planning, and continuity planning. It also provides healthcare, public health, and emergency services with a forum to collaborate on special projects, coordinate training and exercise opportunities, and share best practices and lessons learned.
Please contact the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for more information or to get involved.