Community Preparedness Program
438 Dubuque St.
Manchester, NH 03102
Phone: 603-669-4664
Fax: 603-669-4350


The Southern New Hampshire Region Community Preparedness Program (SNHRCPP) is a regional effort by all of the municipalities in the Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission Region to increase citizen preparedness.

The SNHRCPP collaborates with other organizations and agencies working to increase citizen preparedness in the region and promotes the Red Cross message "Get A Kit, Make A Plan, Be Informed". This website is intended as a resource for citizens and municipalities in the Southern New Hampshire Region and for bringing communities together to work towards increasing citizen preparedness in times of emergency and disaster.

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The Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission in partnership with the City of Manchester has developed the Southern New Hampshire Region Community Preparedness Program (SNHRCPP) in response to the overwhelming need for community preparedness in our region and in our State. Since 2005, New Hampshire has experienced a destructive series of events, including floods, a major tornado and the most serious ice storm in its history in December 2008. Most recently, New Hampshire experienced an intense windstorm from February 25-26, 2010, which brought down trees and limbs, knocked out power to over 270,000 residents and caused major flooding, rivaling the floods of Mothers Day 2006. This storm was followed two weeks later by a noreaster, which caused more flooding, with the hardest hit areas in the southern part of the State.

From these recent disasters, it has become apparent that the need for community preparedness is greater than ever. Through the SNHRCPP, SNHPC and the City of Manchester hope to develop a regional framework and plan for increasing levels of community preparedness in our region. By addressing the need for community preparedness and planning on a regional level all of the communities will benefit from increased coordination and efficiency of resources.

This program was developed in two stages, planning and outreach. The Community Preparedness Committee was formed and consists of representatives from emergency management, police, fire and local government from each town in the region. This Committee, with assistance from Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission developed this plan to guide the goals and outreach strategies. The Committee then divided into working groups to develop the outreach program that was implemented.

This program is intended to be a model for other regions in the State for developing their own community preparedness programs and for increasing levels of community preparedness throughout the State of New Hampshire. Natural disasters will continue to threaten our communities and with this plan and program our communities will be better prepared to handle them.

The Southern New Hampshire Region Community Preparedness Program is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Get A Kit

Shop the Red Cross Store for all your preparedness needs.

At a minimum, have the basic supplies listed:

Keep supplies in an easy-to-carry emergency preparedness kit that you can use at home or take with you in case you must evacuate.

  • Water: one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
  • Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAAWeather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
  • Multipurpose tool
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Emergency blanket
  • Map(s) of the area


Consider the needs of all family members and add supplies to your kit.

Suggested items to help meet additional needs are:

  • Medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane)
  • Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
  • Games and activities for children
  • Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
  • Two-way radios
  • Extra set of car keys and house keys
  • Manual can opener

Additional supplies to keep at home or in your kit based on the types of disasters common to your area:

  • Whistle
  • N95 or surgical masks
  • Matches
  • Rain gear
  • Towels
  • Work gloves
  • Tools/supplies for securing your home
  • Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Duct tape
  • Scissors
  • Household liquid bleach
  • Entertainment items
  • Blankets or sleeping bags

Download the Be Red Cross Ready
General Preparedness Checklist

Make a Plan

  • Meet with your family or household members.
  • Discuss how to prepare and respond to emergencies that are most likely to happen where you live, learn, work and play.
  • Identify responsibilities for each member of your household and plan to work together as a team.
  • If a family member is in the military, plan how you would respond if they were deployed.

Plan what to do in case you are separated during an emergency. Choose two places to meet:

  • Right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency, such as a fire
  • Outside your neighborhood, in case you cannot return home or are asked to evacuate
  • Choose an out-of-area emergency contact person. It may be easier to text or call long distance if local phone lines are overloaded or out of service.
  • Everyone should have emergency contact information in writing or programmed into their cell phones.

Plan what to do if you have to evacuate.

  • Decide where you would go and what route you would take to get there. You may choose to go to a hotel/motel, stay with friends or relatives in a safe location or go to an evacuation shelter if necessary.
  • Practice evacuating your home twice a year. Drive your planned evacuation route and plot alternate routes on your map in case roads are impassable.
  • Plan ahead for your pets. Keep a phone list of pet-friendly hotels/motels and animal shelters that are along your evacuation routes.


Plan for pandemic influenza:

During a flu pandemic you may be asked to stay home for an extended period of time, even if you are not sick. Schools and workplaces may close, and public gatherings such as sporting events or worship services may close temporarily. Mass transportation such as subways, buses, trains and air travel may be limited. You, your family and friends may need to rely on each other when you cannot depend on the services you normally use.

Plan ahead of time by:

  1. Talking with family members and loved ones about how they would be cared for if they got sick.
  2. Finding out your employer's plans to keep the business open if key staff can't come to work.
  3. Asking your child's school or day care if there are plans to encourage children who are sick to stay home to reduce the spread of the disease.
  4. Identifying how you can get information, whether through local radio, TV, Internet or other sources. Click here for more information on how to prepare for a flu pandemic.

Click here for more information on how to prepare for a flu pandemic.

Download the Be Red Cross Ready
General Preparedness Checklist

Be Informed

  • Learn what disasters or emergencies may occur in your area.
  • These events can range from those affecting only you and your family, like a home fire or medical emergency, to those affecting your entire community, like an earthquake or flood.
  • Identify how local authorities will notify you during a disaster and how you will get information, whether through local radio, TV or NOAA Weather Radio stations or channels. Know the difference between different weather alerts such as watches and warnings and what actions to take in each.
  • Know what actions to take to protect yourself during disasters that may occur in areas where you travel or have moved recently. For example, if you travel to a place where earthquakes are common and you are not familiar with them, make sure you know what to do to protect yourself should one occur.
  • When a major disaster occurs, your community can change in an instant. Loved ones may be hurt and emergency response is likely to be delayed. Make sure that at least one member of your household is trained in first aid and CPR and knows how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED). This training is useful in many emergency situations.
  • Share what you have learned with your family, household and neighbors and encourage them to be informed.
  • Emergency Contact Cards for All Household Members
  • Get your Emergency Contact Cards online here.
  • Print one card for each family member.
  • Write the contact information for each household member, such as work, school and cell phone numbers.
  • Fold the card so it fits in your pocket, wallet or purse.
  • Carry the card with you so it is available in the event of a disaster or other emergency.

Download the Be Red Cross Ready General Preparedness Checklist

Be Involved

Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

CERT in the Southern New Hampshire Region:


Other opportunities to be involved in your community, region and state:


Medical Reserve Corps

New Hampshire Public Health Network

American Radio Relay League

 Hazard Information

National Weather Service River Observations and Forecasts

National Weather Service Observations and Forecast

Google Crisis Map

SNHRCPP Committee 


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