Hazard Mitigation

Hazard Mitigation is a series of actions and policies designed to reduce and/or eliminate the impacts of naturally occurring disasters on people and property - disasters which have been increasing in frequency and intensity by climate change impacts.

The Town of Natick received funding through the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) for the update process for the Town's Hazard Mitigation Plan (2018). The Town will be working with Horsley Witten Group, who was the lead consultant on the 2018 Plan Update. There will be a Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee comprised of appropriate Town Staff from Police, Fire, Public Works, Town Administration, Community and Economic Development, Public Health, and Sustainability. 

Over the course of the update process, there will be several opportunities for the public to engage with the Town and provide feedback on the update. Please keep an eye on this page for updates on the project, sign-ups for engagement events, and survey opportunities.

Community Engagement 

Are you concerned about how natural hazards and climate change may impact the Town of Natick? Take an opportunity to voice your concerns and become engaged with the update to the Town's Hazard Mitigation Plan with this community survey

Thanks to those who were able to join us on the 13th for the first public workshop. For those who could not join, you can review the slide deck from the presentation below and the survey linked above will remain open for several more weeks.

12/13/2023 Hazard Mitigation Plan Public Workshop 1 Slide Deck

The recording of the meeting will be available soon via the Pegasus website and the link will be provided here. 

As part of the meeting we will be reviewed the FEMA Flood Map for the Town of Natick to see if any areas not mapped by FEMA are impacted by flooding. If you were not able to attend but are interested in providing feedback, feel free to mark up the map in advance and send them to crundelli@natickma.org

Please reach out to crundelli@natickma.org or cpereira@horsleywitten.com with any questions!

2018 Hazard Mitigation Plan Update

FEMA requires a municipality's Hazard Mitigation Plan to be updated every five years in order to be eligible for certain funding opportunities.

2018 Natick Hazard Mitigation Plan Update

Other related work:

Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program (MVP)

The Town of Natick became an MVP designated community in 2018 which has funded multiple Town projects in an effort to become more climate resilient.

Click here to learn more about MVP in Natick