Emergency Preparedness

Why we care…


The Upper Valley, like all communities, faces many threats with the potential for large-scale health consequences, including disease outbreaks, natural disasters, and mass violence.  We have seen such threats in the past decade, including ice storms, Hurricane Irene, Slayton Hill flooding, and more. Some of the impacts are short-lived and some, like the mental health impacts, can be long-lasting. The public health, health care, and emergency response systems must be prepared to reduce the injuries, illness, and death associated with these threats. Preparedness involves government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, the private sector, communities, and individuals working together to improve our ability to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from a major health incident. Our overarching goal is to build community resilience and to strengthen and sustain health and emergency response systems.

Public Health Council Goals for Emergency Preparedness

  1. Strengthen community preparedness in the Upper Valley.
  2. Provide effective public information and warnings in the event of an emergency.
  3. Effectively support the Upper Valley during Mass Care Events.

Key Partners Working on these Goals

Public Health Preparedness efforts in the Upper Valley are facilitated by the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC).  The RCC sets priorities, provides guidance and resources to accomplish defined goals. Member organizations themselves provide the most significant resource base available.  Members of the Upper Valley RCC include: Fire, Police, EMS, behavioral health, school representatives, Red Cross, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Alice Peck Day Hospital, Mt, Ascutney Hospital, White River Junction VA Medical Center, long term care, Upper Valley Medical Reserve Corps  and Upper Valley Strong representatives.

NH Contact Person: Steve Yannuzzi, MPA, EFO, Coordinator
Upper Valley Public Health Emergency Preparedness
Upper Valley Medical Reserve Corps Co-Coordinator
(603) 653-6859

VT Contact Person: Heather J. Rigney, MPH
Emergency Preparedness Specialist
Vermont Department of Health
White River Junction/Springfield DO
Upper Valley Medical Reserve Corps Co-Coordinator
(802) 495-6489

Other Resources


Ready NH

Vermont Emergency Preparedness