Town of Whitman Seeks Public Input for Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness & Hazard Mitigation Plan
The Town of Whitman has embarked on a planning process to identify projects to reduce the potential impacts from natural hazards like severe storms, flooding, and extreme heat. The Town will also consider the likelihood of experiencing more severe natural hazards more frequently due to projected climate change. The planning process will broadly focus on three topic areas: infrastructure assets, societal and economic resilience, and environmental resources.
The Town of Whitman’s resilience is evident through the community’s response to the current public health concerns and historic responses to weather-related events. The Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) and Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) Project aims to document historic successes and challenges in order to better develop solutions for tomorrow. The Town is seeking input from the public in this process. Feedback from the community is vital to ensure the planning process is comprehensive and relevant to its constituents.
Given the current COVID-19 crisis, in person public meetings will not be possible. However, the Town is making available resources to connect as a community online. The latest information will be available on a dedicated project webpage. Posts will also be found on the Town’s social media platforms. The Town plans to release videos, surveys, and more in the coming days to hear about experiences, concerns, ideas, and solutions for the challenges associated with natural hazards and climate change. A copy of the draft report can be found here. A recording of the first public listening session can be viewed here.
For those attending the workshops and for those who cannot a survey for your input can be found here.
As part of integrated the process, the Town of Whitman will also fulfill the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) requirements to update the Town’s Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) from 2015. The HMP update will maintain the Town’s eligibility for FEMA grant funding.
Virtual Workshops will be held at 10 am on:
- Wednesday April 28 (Zoom ID 842 0534 3579),
- Friday April 30 (Zoom ID 860 1848 5500), and
- Wednesday May 5, 2021 (Zoom ID 818 9677 3099).
If you would like to receive updates on this project, please forward your contact information to Elijah Romulus, Senior Comprehensive Planner at Old Colony Planning Council or 508-583-1833 Ext. 210.