Office of Emergency Management – February 7, 2018 Minutes
PRESENT: Chief Michael Bilodeau, Fire Chief Andy Head, Admin Assistant Diana St. Laurent, and Jane Hubbard.
The focus of the meeting was on the closure of certain roads in the event of an emergency situation at the waterfront. Jane brought aerial maps to be reviewed and she said she would like to make a model of the roadways indicating specific points of closure. There was discussion about the town taking over the ownership of Woodbury Avenue in 2019. Right now the State maintains Woodbury Avenue. Jane said the plan will be completed with ownership of Woodbury Avenue being the Town’s. It was discussed that the State DOT and State Police would set up detours on the Spaulding. Chief Bilodeau talked about re-routing traffic from Rte. 16 to Rte. 4 West. There was discussion about whether there would need to be a 2-2 ½ mile evacuation or only a 1 mile radius. Jane said the study will be set up covering the worse-case scenario and then hopefully it will never come to that.
Jane gave copies of information from the Seacoast Evacuation study and she went over scenarios A, B, and C based on hurricane disaster evacuation. The study listed the number of occupied units that would need to be evacuated in the Town of Newington. The study was based on the number of people and the number of vehicles to be evacuated. Jane said she would like to get information on the maximum parking capacity of both residential and commercial facilities, including the Mall and also occupancy of the Mall. Chief Head said he may be able to get some information on the Mall. Chief Head said that Wal-Mart is probably going to have the largest number of occupants. There was discussion that Wal-Mart no longer has access to Int. 95, so they would have to evacuate to Woodbury Avenue and then go north.
Jane said that she will invite DOT and State Police to come to the next meeting to get their input. Jane said that the DOT has many computerized capable of displaying emergency messages if needed. Chief Head asked Jane to provide him with a list of questions she would like to have answered from the surrounding businesses and he would have the firemen distribute her list to the businesses.
The next meeting was tentatively scheduled for March 15, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.
Meeting adjourned at approximately 11:45