Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Plan
Through the P&CD Department, Ware was awarded $17,000 by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA). The grant paid for qualified consultants to assist Ware in achieving the MVP designation as defined by the state. We selected Dr. Elisabeth Hamin, Director of the Center for Resilient Metro-Regions (CRM) from the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst as our consultant.
Along with Dr. Hamin, Project Manager Augie Williams-Eynon and their team, P&CD staff reviewed multiple maps and data on vulnerability, and performed analyses on various vulnerability components including infrastructure, societal, and environmental. P&CD staff identified a Core Team as well as municipal and community stakeholders to participate in 2 in-depth Community Resilience Building (CRB) Workshops, both conducted in March.
During the two CRB Workshops, participants populated a detailed Risk Matrix and then prioritized their recommendations (see Appendix A of the report). Thank you to our Core Team and our stakeholder participants! Finally, a public listening session was held to receive public input and modify the Plan.
P&CD staff are currently working to identify funding streams to implement the priority recommendations.
~Judi Mosso, MPA