Emergency Management Organization

The City of Portsmouth's Emergency Management Organization (EMO) establishes policy, plans and procedures to insure the safety of the citizens of Portsmouth in the event of a large-scale emergency. This includes adequate inventories of emergency management supplies, and training City staff in their roles in the City's Emergency Management Team. The mission of the EMO has expanded recently as we prepare for potential pandemics and other large scale public health emergencies, working cooperatively with the Health, Police, Public Works, and School departments.

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LEPC Meeting July 8, 2021

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Emergency Operations Center (EOC)


In the event of a major storm such as a Hurricane, Northeast Blizzard or other emergency the City's EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER (EOC) located at Fire Station 2 (3010 Lafayette Road, Portsmouth, NH) will be open and staffed to support emergency responses, coordinate and obtain critical resources, set policies, and provide information and direction to the community.

Information on evacuation shelters or other information relevant to the emergency can be answered there. 

To contact the Emergency Operations Center call 603-427-1580 

Keep in mind that the center is only staffed during a major event. 

Should you have questions during non-emergency periods contact the Fire Department at (603) 427-1515

Emergency Planning for Residents, Business Owners, and Workers


Families, business owners, and workers can make emergencies less stressful by preparing in advance and working together as a team. Protect yourself, your family, your business, and your employees by making an emergency plan. This should include how you will contact one another and what special steps you will take in different types of emergency situations. Additional preparation includes making an emergency kit and staying informed of local emergencies in our area. The following link provides tools and resources to take action.



Emergency Operations Plan


Portsmouth’s Local Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) establishes a framework for our local government and partners to provide assistance in an expeditious manner in event of a perceived, potential or actual disaster or emergency. The purpose of the EOP is to provide strategic and operational guidance aimed at facilitating the delivery of all types of local emergency management assistance to the residents, businesses, and visitors of Portsmouth and others with whom we have mutual aid agreements in place, and to help reduce the consequences of disasters and emergencies. This Plan outlines the planning assumptions, policies, concept of operations, organizational structures and the roles and responsibilities of all those involved in coordinating federal, regional, state and local activities.

Hazard Mitigation Planning


Hazard Mitigation Planning affords Portsmouth and other communities, the opportunity to lay the foundation for mitigation within a plan that identifies long term strategies to reduce, or eliminate future risk from natural hazards. The planning process is as important as the plan itself. It creates a framework for risk-based decision making to reduce damages to lives, property, and the economy from future disasters. Hazard mitigation planning forms the basis for a community's long-term strategy to reduce disaster losses and break the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage.



Emergency Management Director Karen Conard, City Manager
Emergency Management Coordinator William McQuillen, Fire Chief


Portsmouth Emergency Management Primary Team Members

City Manager's Office T.B.A.
Fire  William McQuillen
Police Mark Newport
Public Works Peter Rice
Schools Steve Zadravec
  Ken Lynchey
Human Resources Kelly Harper
Health Kim McNamara