Municipal Vulnerability and Preparedness Planning for the Town of Webster Public Engagement Information

Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Planning Background The Town of Webster was recently awarded a $25,000 grant by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Municipal Vulnerability and Preparedness (MVP) Planning Grant to complete a public engagement and climate resilience planning process before June 30, 2022. Webster Assistant Town Manager is taking the lead on the MVP program, with participation of a Core Team of Town Staff to plan for ways to better prepare and protect the City from natural and climate-related hazards. Once the plan is completed and approved by EEA, the Town of Webster will be designated as an MVP Community, joining 300 communities across Massachusetts that have been designated since the MVP program began in 2017.

Why plan for climate resilience? Climate resilience is the ability of a community to address the needs of its built, social and natural environment to anticipate, cope with, and rebound stronger from events and trends related to climate change hazards. Planning for climate resilience allows Webster to build capacity to reduce the impacts from future climate events rather than just react to events as they occur.

How will the public engage in MVP? MVP is a Community Driven Process to understand climate vulnerabilities and identify priority actions. MVP provides structured opportunities for public engagement through review of community specific mapping and climate data, participation in unique Community Resilience Building Workshops, and developing priority action plans to improve their community’s resilience with an emphasis on nature-based solutions.

Webster is utilizing a number of public engagement methods including:

Read More About EEA Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) here

1. Reserve your spot for the inperson or virtual workshops click on the dates below to RSVP.

Community Resilience Building Workshop Dates/Time
#1 In person MVP Workshop – April 13th – 8:00 AM-12:00 PM- Webster Senior Center
#2 Virtual MVP Workshop – April 14th – 1:00 PM -5 PM Zoom link will be sent on confirmation of registration

2. View the planning resources linked below, especially the video. You may wish to download the maps and data for easy reference during the virtual workshop and save these to your desktop. 3. If you have not already done so, please take the pre-workshop survey, by clicking here.. The results of the survey will be used in the workshops.
Workshop Planning Resources (click on link to view or download)