With climate change, the Town of Richmond is expected to experience more precipitation, heat waves, and increasingly frequent and intense storms. To prepare for these hazards, the Town was awarded funding to complete the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) planning process alongside an update to the Town’s 2012 Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP).
- The MVP grant program provides technical and financial support for cities and towns across the Commonwealth to plan for, and mitigate the impacts from, climate change.
- The HMP is part of a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) program that involves identifying the risks and vulnerabilities associated with natural disasters and developing long-term strategies for protecting people and property from future hazard events.
By completing this project, Richmond will be eligible for federal FEMA grant programs and Commonwealth’s MVP Action grants for the implementation of hazard mitigation and climate adaptation projects identified in the plan.
Your input on this project is essential! Want to be part of the solution? Take these quick steps!
- Watch our video and take our online survey by December 31
- Share the video, survey, and your thoughts on Facebook using the hashtag #ResilientRichmond
- Stay tuned for upcoming opportunities for engagement!
The Richmond MVP-HMP process will:
- Convene a Core Team of municipal department heads to provide key input through meetings, online surveys, and interviews
- Engage key community leaders through a virtual Community Resilience Building (CRB) Workshop series
- Engage the residents and business owners through webpage updates, an online video and survey, and a virtual public meeting or listening session
- Conduct a vulnerability and risk assessment of historic hazards and the potential impact of climate change
- Update progress on the previous Hazard Mitigation Plan
- Document the Town’s critical facilities and capacity to mitigate and respond to hazards
- Develop an action and implementation strategy to increase community resilience and preparedness