April 18 listening session: new updates to city's Hazard Mitigation Plan

Residents and business owners are invited to attend the City of Pittsfield’s second listening session on updates related to the municipal Hazard Mitigation Plan at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 18 at Hotel on North. The hotel is located at 297 North St.

The session, which will be led by Jamie Caplan of Jamie Caplan Consulting LLC, will include an opportunity for public comment.

 The Hazard Mitigation Plan will serve as an essential strategy for reducing current and future risks to natural hazards by identifying projects to minimize those risks. Projects considered through the recent update process include providing back-up power supply to critical downtown facilities, mitigating flood risk at Wahconah Park and implementing a floodplain education and awareness program, among others.

The plan was developed in conjunction with the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) project which was recently completed and includes a Community Resilience Building Workshop Summary of Findings on recommendations to improve resilience in the city.

Approval from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approval and city adoption of the Hazard Mitigation Plan Update will allow the city to apply for pre- and post-disaster hazard mitigation grant funds.

For more information on the listening session or the Hazard Mitigation Plan, please contact Becky Manship, project coordinator, at 413-499-9371 or rmanship@cityofpittsfield.org.