Committee Members & Titles

Michael Gilbert – Emergency Management Director
Kevin Follensbee – Deputy EMD
Melinda Ricker – Deputy EMD
Orford Selectboard
Jason Bachus – Police Chief
Terry Straight – Fire Chief
Terry Straight – Road Agent
Faith Knapp – Health Officer
Barrett Williams – Rivendell Academy


The mission of the Orford Emergency Management is to provide a comprehensive and integrated emergency management system that coordinates community resources to protect lives, property and the environment through mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery from all natural and manmade hazards that may impact our community.

Contact Information

Michael Gilbert – Emergency Management Director
E-Mail –
Home Phone – 603-353-9621
Cell Phone – 603-208-9074


The town of Orford is closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and keeping in contact with local and state resources so that we are able to make informed decisions in making the citizens of Orford as safe as possible.  The State has put out some guidelines to help project the citizens of NH and that information is listed below.

What you can do to protect yourself:

-Proper Hand Washing (if soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol)
-Cover Your Cough
-Avoiding Touching your Eyes, Nose, and Mouth
-Avoiding Close Contact with Anyone Who is Sick (Maintaining a min distance of 6 feet)
-Staying Home When You Are Sick (24 hours being fever free)
-Regularly Cleaning and Disinfecting Frequently Touched Objects and Surfaces
-Following the CDC’s Guidance for Travel
-If you do become sick and do not require immediate medical attention, do not go to the Emergency Department. Call NH Department Health and Human Services to report and get guidance. (603-271-4496 or after hours at 603-271-5500)

Why is COVID-19 a concern?

There is currently no vaccine for the COVID-19 virus. The death rate for the seasonal flu is 0.5%, while the death rate for COVID-19 could be as high as 3.4%

Symptoms of COVID-19

COVID-19 may appear in 2-14 days after exposure and include Fever, Cough and Shortness of Breath

If you develop symptoms AND have been in close contact with a person know to have COVID-19 or if you have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19 contact your healthcare professional or the NH Department of Health and Human Service to see if you should be tested.

For more information please refer to the links below:

John Adams
Board of Selectmen – Chair

Michael Gilbert
Emergency Management Director