Presentation to be held on draft update to Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan

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Presentation to be held on draft update to Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan
Northborough will be holding a presentation on its Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan. (Photo/Laura Hayes)

NORTHBOROUGH – Efforts are underway to update Northborough’s 2018 Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan, which will help guide local efforts to reduce damage from future natural disasters.

The town is inviting residents, businesses, property owners and other interested parties to a public presentation on the draft update to the plan on July 15 in the Select Board meeting room in Town Hall at 7 p.m. Community members will also be able to attend the presentation via Zoom, and it will be livestream with Northborough Cable Access on YouTube, Charter channel 192 and Verizon channel 30.

The plan is being developed by a team of local officials and staff with technical assistance provided by the Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission.

The planning process, funded through a Hazard Mitigation Grant Program grant, is a chance for the public to help protect the town from winter storms, thunderstorms, severe wind and other natural hazards. The plan will be available on the town’s website for two weeks after the presentation.

The final adoption of the plan is contingent on approval from the Select Board, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.  Adoption will make the town eligible for various FEMA pre-disaster and post-fire hazard mitigation grants.

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