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Wilbraham Hazard Mitigation and Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (HM-MVP) Plan
Due to climate change, the Town of Wilbraham is expected to experience more precipitation, heat waves, and increasingly frequent and intense storms. To prepare for these hazards, the Town was awarded funding to complete the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) planning process and to update the Town’s 2015 Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP).
The MVP grant program provides technical and financial support for cities and towns across the Commonwealth to plan for, and mitigate the impacts from, climate change.
The HMP is part of a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) program that involves identifying the risks and vulnerabilities associated with natural disasters, and developing long-term strategies for protecting people and property from future hazard events.
By completing this project, Wilbraham will be eligible for federal FEMA grant programs, as well as state MVP Action grants for the implementation of hazard mitigation and climate adaptation projects. Your input on this project is essential!
The Wilbraham MVP-HMP planning process involves:
Convening a Core Team who will provide guidance on the planning process and local data and experience.
Meeting with community leaders through a virtual Community Resilience Building (CRB) Workshop series.
Engaging the residents and business owners through webpage updates, an online video and survey, and a virtual Listening Session.
Conducting a vulnerability and risk assessment of historic hazards and the potential impacts of climate change.
Updating progress on actions identified in the 2015 HMP.
Documenting the Town’s operations and capacity to mitigate and respond to hazards.
Developing an action and implementation strategy.
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