Under the New Hampshire Emergency Management Act, the Town of Hooksett has established an emergency management program responsible for coordinating disaster mitigation, preparation, response and recovery. Several programs are currently underway in the Town of Hooksett to support this mission including projects that enhance Homeland Security, severe weather tracking and warning, and hazardous materials accident response capabilities...just to name a few.
The Town of Hooksett has adopted the National Incident Management System (“NIMS”) and participates in both the Emergency Management Performance Grant program administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”) and the Homeland Security Grant Program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”). Here are a few of the key components:
- Emergency Action Guidelines have been established for each key discipline (Fire & HazMat, Public Health, Public Information, etc.) that describes the overall role and responsibility for each section of government during a crisis
- An Emergency Operations Center has been established to coordinate disaster response activities including public information and resource management during any significant emergency
- An Emergency Management Director, staff, and on-call Operations Officers from each key area of government have been appointed to coordinate Hooksett’s mitigation, preparedness,response, and recovery activities