The community is invited to review the City of Pittsfield’s draft Hazard Hazard Mitigation Plan Update which is now available through June 17. A hard copy of the draft plan is available in the City Clerk’s and Community Development offices at City Hall, 70 Allen St. The plan can also be accessed online here: https://spaces.hightail.com/space/yL7V5KFweQ
The city, in collaboration with Jamie Caplan, of Consulting LLC of Northampton, Mass., developed the Draft Hazard Mitigation Plan Update for approval by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The plan serves as an essential strategy for reducing current and future risks to natural hazards by identifying projects to minimize those risks. Projects include providing back-up power to all critical facilities, mitigating flood risk at Wahconah Park and implementing a floodplain education and awareness program. FEMA approval and city adoption of the Hazard Mitigation Plan Update allows Pittsfield to apply for pre- and post-disaster hazard mitigation grant funds.
The Draft Hazard Mitigation Plan Update was drafted in conjunction with the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) project which was recently completed and includes a Community Resilience Building Workshop Summary of Findings that details recommendations to improve resilience in the City of Pittsfield.