The Town of Brookline is developing a Hazard Mitigation Plan that identifies and prioritizes actions the town can take to mitigate the impacts of natural hazards and climate change. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), hazard mitigation planning reduces loss of life and property by minimizing the impact of disasters.
Community members will have an opportunity to contribute ideas for making the town more resilient to natural hazards such as flooding, snowstorms, high winds and extreme temperatures.
Brookline developed a Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) plan in 2017 that also identified possible actions to mitigate risks to natural hazards and climate change. The 2023 Brookline Hazard Mitigation Plan will include all identified actions that are still relevant today.
The plan is being developed by the Office of Emergency Management and members of Brookline’s Emergency Management Team. Jamie Caplan Consulting, LLC, a Northampton-based firm, is supporting the effort via the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.
FEMA approval and town adoption of the Hazard Mitigation Plan allows the town to apply for pre- and post-disaster hazard mitigation grant funds.
“We encourage residents to attend this important public forum and help us to create a mitigation plan that could directly impact them and the town they live in,” Chief Sullivan said.
The event will take place on Thursday, May 04, 2023, between the hours of 02:00 p.m. – 03:00 p.m. and will be held virtually. Community members can access the meeting via Zoom.
To register, please visit here.