2018 Massachusetts State Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaptation Plan Now Available!
Governor Charlie Baker adopted the 2018 Massachusetts State Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaptation Plan on September 17, 2018. The plan has also been approved by FEMA Region I. The plan is currently available on the State’s climate action page, and it will ultimately live on the resilient MA Climate Change Clearinghouse. Thanks to everyone who contributed to this first-of-its-kind plan!
April 2018 Stakeholder Workshop Series 3
Thanks again to everyone who attended the April 9-13 Stakeholder Workshop Series 3 where we worked closely with a diverse group of engaged stakeholders to revise problem statements based on the findings of the Risk Assessment conducted for the project and develop ideas for hazard mitigation and climate adaptation actions for inclusion in the 2018 Plan. Please click on the link below to access the PowerPoint presentation that was given at the workshops.
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.
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.