Committee Members & Titles

Carl Johnson – 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.

From the NH DHHS/DPHS/Bureau of Public Health Protection

The DPHS phone lines have been very busy, and we’d like to refer people to the correct resources.  The information reported here may change, so please visit the trusted websites and read email updates each day.

In the best-case scenario, a citizen would get information from a trusted source and avoid calling the phone lines.  If they need more information, they can call 211 with general questions, or call NH DPHS for suspect-case questions, or if they feel sick, call a healthcare provider.  Please note that the hours of the phone lines for the NH DPHS have changed.

General questions on COVID-19 can call 2-1-1

Callers will reach a phone menu, and then select the ‘COVID’ option to reach a live operator.  Callers should expect to wait patiently for many minutes to reach an operator.

To report any suspected cases of COVID-19 (via exposure or travel), please contact the DPHS at these phone numbers:

During the day, call 603-271-4496 (office hours from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM) or 603-271-5300 (only after hours). Caller should expect to leave a message with an operator, or leave a voice mail, and wait patiently for a return call within a few hours.

For those that are sick (i.e. symptomatic with fever, cough or shortness of breath), please call your healthcare provider:

If they don’t have a provider, they can call an urgent care clinic and ask for an evaluation.

To learn more about COVID-19, please use these trusted websites:

NH DPHS Emergency Notices:

Contact Information

Carl Johnson – Emergency Management Director
E-Mail –
Cell Phone – 603-727-2281


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

Carl Johnson
Emergency Management Director