Town Of Wilmington Invites Public To Virtual Meeting On March 23 To Learn How Town Will Mitigate Climate Change & Natural Hazards

Below is a press release from the Wilmington Town Manager’s Office:

WILMINGTON, MA — The Town of Wilmington is simultaneously developing two plans to identify and prioritize actions the Town can take to mitigate the impacts of natural hazards and climate change. Citizen participation in each project is essential.

A public meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 4pm via Microsoft Teams.

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At the meeting, the Town will present the process of developing the Hazard Mitigation Plan Update and request feedback from citizens regarding natural hazards and their impacts. The Town is updating the previously developed Hazard Mitigation Plan for approval by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This plan will serve as an essential strategy for reducing current and future risks to natural hazards by identifying projects to minimize those risks.

At the meeting, you will have an opportunity to contribute your ideas for making the Town more resilient to natural hazards such as flooding, snowstorms, high winds and extreme temperatures. This plan is being developed by a Core Team of Town officials and local stakeholders. Jamie Caplan Consulting LLC, a Northampton, MA based firm, is leading this effort. FEMA approval, and Town adoption, of the Hazard Mitigation Plan Update allows the Town to apply for pre- and post-disaster hazard mitigation grant funds.

The Town recently completed a Community Resilience Building (CRB) Workshop as part of the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) planning process. This Workshop is part of a second plan the Town is developing with funding from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs through an MVP Planning Grant. Green International is leading the MVP project. The Town will host a second public meeting on May 3, 2021 to share details regarding this project. Completion of the MVP plan results in MVP Certification, which allows certified communities access to additional state grants for projects related to climate change resiliency.

For questions regarding either project, please contact Valerie Gingrich, Director of Planning & Conservation, Town of Wilmington, phone: 978-658-8238 or email: vgingrich@wilmingtonma.gov.

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