The Town of New Durham has developed a local Emergency Management Plan intended to prepare for its responsibility for any all-hazard emergency operations. In it's preparations, New Durham recognizes it is not an island undo itself, and has worked to collaborate with regional resources, as well as the NH Bureau of Emergency Management and, by extension, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The intent of Emergency Management planning and operations is to protect the lives, property and environment of the people of New Durham from the threat or occurrence of emergencies resulting from any natural or manmade disaster, including but not limited to, flood, fire, earthquake, windstorm, technical incidents, drought, terrorism, epidemic, hurricanes and tornadoes.
The preparation for and carrying out of all emergency functions shall be accomplished through the four phases of emergency management: mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. Activities to meet this end include coordination, planning, training, drills, exercises and financial assistance.
New Durham's Emergency Management Plan makes each local organization and department aware of their responsibility in all-hazard emergency operations. The plan, originally drafted in 1999 and being extensively revised in 2005, is formally implemented by the New Durham Board of Selectmen. It provides the basis for coordinating protective actions prior to, during and after any type of disaster.
The local plan was prepared to conform to guidelines established by FEMA, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the New Hampshire Bureau of Emergency Management, and is in concert with the New Hampshire Emergency Management Response Plan and those of our neighboring communities.