Updates

NEW UPDATE – January 2018 Stakeholder Engagement Workshops, RSVP is Required

Please join us to help shape the State Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaptation Plan! Three stakeholder workshop dates and locations available:

  • Springfield: Tuesday, January 9, 2018; 9:00am – 12:30pm
  • Framingham: Wednesday, January 10, 2018; 9:00am-12:30pm
  • Middleborough: Thursday, January 11, 2018; 1:00pm-4:30pm

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 are teaming up to hold a series of workshops to engage key stakeholders, such as yourselves, in the draft natural hazard and climate change risk assessment findings and begin to work on the development of goals and strategies for the 2018 Plan. The workshop will be replicated three times across the state to maximize the opportunity for participants and shorten travel times.

For more information on the locations and times, please click the RSVP link: https://goo.gl/forms/mhhqL1AiabNjJ8822.

Please contact the State Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaption Project Management Team with any questions: Mitigation@massmail.state.ma.us.

Draft Risk Assessment

Drafts sections of the risk assessment that is conducted for the plan have been developed and are available for review. If you are interested in seeing this draft material and want to be part of the review process, please contact us here.

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.