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Town Of Brookline Invites The Public To Take Part In Natural Hazard Mitigation Planning

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The Town of Brookline invites residents to an upcoming meeting where the Office of Emergency Management will provide an update on the town’s Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan.

The Mitigation Plan identifies and prioritizes actions the town can take to mitigate the impacts of natural hazards and climate change. The plan is being updated and resident participation is a critical element of a holistic plan.

A virtual public meeting will be held on Zoom on Monday, January 09, 2023, from noon – 01:00 p.m. Advance registration for the meeting is required and can be completed by visiting here.

At the meeting, community members will have an opportunity to contribute their ideas for making the Town more resilient to natural hazards such as flooding, snowstorms, high winds, and extreme temperatures. Community members will also be able to provide feedback on which natural hazards they feel are most concerning, what areas of Town are most vulnerable, and what steps the town should take to mitigate these dangers.

This plan is being developed by the Office of Emergency Management and Brookline’s Emergency Management Team. Jamie Caplan Consulting LLC, a Northampton-based firm, is leading this effort on behalf of the Town and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approval, and Town adoption, of the Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan allows the Town to apply for pre- and post-disaster hazard mitigation grant funds.

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 Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan will include all of those identified actions still relevant today.

For questions regarding this project, please contact Cheryl Anne Snyder, Emergency Management Coordinator, Office of Emergency Management at 617-730-2656 or OEM@brooklinema.gov.