Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness
Building Barnstable's resilience to climate change & preparing for natural hazards
Public Listening Session
June 11, 2019 | 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Barnstable Town Hall | 367 Main Street, Hyannis
Second Floor Hearing Room
The Town of Barnstable is participating in the Commonwealth's Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) program. This program provides support for towns in Massachusetts to plan for and implement projects that mitigate the impacts of climate change and natural hazards. Communities that complete the MVP program become certified as an "MVP community" and are eligible for State grant funding and other opportunities.
The Town of Barnstable will continue the MVP certification process by presenting and distributing a draft of the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness report to the public at a formal public information and listening session scheduled for June 11, 2019 at 5 p.m. at Town Hall. This session will provide an opportunity for any member of the interested public to learn about the MVP process and provide feedback about the MVP workshop and recommended highest priority actions resulting from the workshop. No registration is required.
The goal of the MVP planning process is to raise awareness about the dangers posed from natural hazards and identify priority actions to improve resilience to the significant natural hazards that the community faces. On March 29, 2019, during a day-long workshop, community participants worked with local and regional leaders to:
- Characterize the hazards facing the community
- Identify community vulnerabilities and hazards
- Identify and prioritize community actions
- Identify overall priority actions for the community
Click here to view the presentation portion of the workshop, which includes background on the MVP program and a presentation "Science, Climate Projections, and Resources" by Greg Berman, Coastal Process Specialist with the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension and Woods Hole Sea Grant.
to view the Cape Cod Commission's "Story Map"
for the MVP effort. The Story Map
includes links to resources on climate resilience
and a collection of data on local natural hazard
impacts, including things like infrastructure,
floodplains, and sea level rise projections.
The Planning and Development Department is updating the Town of Barnstable's Hazard Mitigation Plan. The plan identifies and assesses potential impacts of natural hazards, including hurricanes, winter storms, flooding, coastal erosion, wildfires, and other disasters and which critical facilities, properties and resources may be impacted by these events. Planning and Development coordinates input from the public, municipal officials and other stakeholders to identify strategies and actions aimed at reducing the loss of or damage to life, property, infrastructure and natural, cultural, and economic resources.
Developing hazard mitigation plans allows the Town to:
Increase education and awareness around threats, hazards, and vulnerabilities;
Build partnerships for risk reduction involving government, organizations, businesses, and the public;
Identify long-term strategies for risk reduction that are agreed upon by stakeholders and the public;
Identify cost effective mitigation actions, focusing resources on the greatest risks and vulnerabilities;
Align risk reduction with other state or community objectives; and
Communicate priorities to
potential sources of funding.
Ultimately, hazard mitigation planning enables action to reduce loss of life and property, lessening the impact of disasters.
The plan is prepared to comply with Federal Emergency Management requirements and allows the Town to access funding sources to aide with plan implementation.
The Town will host a public meeting to collect input on the identified risks and vulnerabilities and actions the Town can take to reduce risk and protect the people and property of Barnstable.
View the Barnstable 2010 Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan here.
The Town of Barnstable, with the Cape Cod Commission, and Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, are exploring strategies to reduce vulnerability to natural hazards in threatened areas of our community.
The Cape Cod Coastal Planner is a communication and decision support tool intended to educate users on the climate change hazards impacting Cape Cod's coastline, the adaptation strategies available to address them, and implications for local infrastructure and ecosystems. Choose your location and zone of impact to begin planning. View planning layers and test adaptation strategies for three coastal hazards.
Learn more about the Resilient Cape Cod project at www.capecodcommission.org/resiliency.
Climate Resilience Resources
FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps for Barnstable
Expanded Floodplains for Barnstable
Community Rating System
2014 New England Climate Adaptation Project
Resources for Coastal Property Owners