NEW UPDATE – April 2018 Stakeholder Workshop Series 3: Action and Strategy Development (RSVP is required)

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaption Plan is well underway, and Governor Baker recently filed new legislation to make permanent key sections of Executive Order 569 on climate change, codifying the integrated state plan, and the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) program. To support these programs the Governor is authorizing investments of over $300 million in statewide implementation of the plan and the MVP program as well as new funding for coastal resiliency measures. This legislation expands on the work of the Baker-Polito administration to address climate change resiliency across state government and in our communities, and supports the efforts of Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, and the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs to redefining the way we analyze our risks and vulnerabilities to natural hazards and climate change.

Building on the success of the workshop series held in January 2018, we are hosting a “next steps” workshop series in April. The workshops will be conducted at the following locations and dates:

  • Boston: Monday April 9, 2018, 9:00AM-12:00PM
  • Hopkinton: Thursday, April 12, 2018, 1:00PM-4:00PM
  • Lanesborough: Friday, April 13, 2018, 10:00AM-12:00pm

These workshops are designed for stakeholders from Federal, Local, non-governmental, and private sector organizations. We are hosting a separate workshop for the State Agencies, which has been advertised to key staff earlier this month. However, all are welcome to attend the April workshops. We hope you will join us!

These workshops will focus on action and strategy development for adaption and hazard mitigation across the Commonwealth, building on the goals and problem statements that have been developed as part of the planning process.

RSVP is required for your attendance. Use this link to RSVP:


January 2018 Stakeholder Workshop Series 2

Thanks again to everyone who attended the January 9-11 Stakeholder Workshop Series 2 where a summary of the Draft 1 Risk Assessment was presented and we worked closely with a diverse group of engaged stakeholders to develop draft goal statements for the 2018 Plan. We are currently going through all of the great feedback that was obtained and look forward to seeing you at our next workshop series that will be held in March 2018 where we will review the draft goal statements and work on developing strategies and action items. Dates and additional details to follow. Please click on the link below to access the PowerPoint presentation that was given at the workshops.

Stakeholder Workshop Series 2 PowerPoint Presentation

Draft 1 Risk Assessment Available for Review

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaption Plan is underway and we want your input!  The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, and the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs have released the Draft 1 version of the natural hazard and climate change risk assessment findings. This version is considered an initial working draft that will ultimately be finalized and incorporated into the 2018 Plan.  The document can be accessed through the link below, and comments must be submitted in accordance with the instructions provided. Comments are due by February 2, 2018.

Draft 1 Risk Assessment

State Agency Vulnerability Assessment

A State Agency Vulnerability Assessment Survey is being developed as part of the State Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaptation Plan. The assessment will be an easy-to-use online survey and data collection tool, and it will be employed by the Commonwealth’s state agencies to perform their agency-wide vulnerability assessment.  The vulnerability assessment will address physical assets, missions, and services provided for each agency.

The tool will include a series of questions and targeted information gathering modules to support the identification of existing asset vulnerabilities as well as information on state hazard mitigation and climate adaptation capabilities that may help agencies respond to these challenges.  There is also a component focused on a self-assessment of each agency’s overall effectiveness and actions that can be taken to improve or enhance mission delivery and performance.

The survey tool will be consistent with and complementary to the State Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaptation Plan’s methodologies for risk and vulnerability assessment, and it will inform the risk assessment and the state capability and adaptive capacity analysis being conducted as part of the plan.

The online State Agency Vulnerability Assessment Survey Tool will be released in October 2017, followed by training sessions for state agencies. EEA and EOPSS will be working with state agencies to help them complete online assessments in the next few months for incorporation into the state plan.

July / August 2017 Project Update

Please click here to see a snapshot of the project status and next steps.

Risk Assessment Methodology Summary

The project team has developed a Risk Assessment Methodology document, which will serve as a road map of required tasks to complete the risk assessment component of the Massachusetts Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaption Plan. A one-page summary of the methodology is available here.