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Bank of New Hampshire Contributes to Emergency Response Program in the Lakes Region

Laconia, New Hampshire – December 15, 2016 – Do you ever wonder who the volunteers are that help local authorities in an emergency situation? Bank of New Hampshire is proud to contribute $2,500 to the Lakes Region Community Emergency Response Team (LR-CERT) who do exactly that. The donated funds are being utilized to purchase necessary items to respond in an emergency and certified training for the volunteers.

“Bank of New Hampshire’s financial support will enable LR-CERT to acquire necessary safety equipment and training supplies so that the team members can continue their work providing education and outreach as well as playing a critical role in the region's emergency response,” stated Susan Laverack, Interim Executive Director for the Partnership for Public Health. “The team provides support to responding Fire and Police agencies within Alton, Barnstead, Belmont, Center Harbor, Danbury, Franklin, Gilford, Gilmanton, Hill, Laconia, Meredith, Moultonborough, New Hampton, Northfield, Sanbornton and Tilton. This meaningful donation will help us continue to serve the Lakes Region communities in times of need. ”

The Lakes Region CERT program was developed in 2007 in response to a need identified by first responders. The program provides free training to community members, businesses and others which include: emergency preparedness, disaster response skills, cardiopulmonary resuscitation/automated external defibrillator, first aid, fire safety and light search and rescue. Community members may then apply to become members of the LR-CERT which provides critical support to first responders. Team members receive specialized monthly trainings provided by local responders in order to broaden the team's expertise. Thus far, the team support to first responders has included: search and rescue, setting up and staffing of shelters, and providing firefighters with a variety of on-scene support, as well as traffic control.

Currently, the LR-CERT has 32 active members. In the last year, these individuals provided over 2,130 hours of training and support to first responders. In addition, team members have participated in a minimum of one training session per month to maintain and build upon their basic skills.

For more information on the CERT program or to become a volunteer, contact Kathleen Merriam, CERT Coordinator:

Bank of New Hampshire, founded in 1831, provides deposit, lending and wealth management products and services to families and businesses throughout New Hampshire. With 24 banking offices throughout New Hampshire and assets exceeding $1.4 billion, Bank of New Hampshire is the oldest and largest independent bank in the state. Bank of New Hampshire is a mutual organization, focused on the success of the bank’s customers, communities and employees, rather than stockholders.  For more information, call 1-800-832-0912 or visit



Photo Caption: Bank of New Hampshire presents a check in the amount of $2,500 to Kathleen Merriam, CERT Coordinator and CERT volunteers to acquire necessary safety equipment and training supplies.


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