Natural Hazards Mitigation Planning

Multi-Hazards Mitigation Planning




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The Merrimack Valley Planning Commission with support from the Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance has organized a training program to aid communities in emergency preparedness and best management practices for incident response and promoting reduction and safe use of hazard materials.




The first training workshop was held Oct. 18th, 2017 and  geared specifically for municipal facility managers, emergency response personnel and transportation officials.



Presentations from that first workshop training event can be downloaded at links below:

OTA Resources & Climate Change Preparedness_R Bizzozero Presentation

TURI Services_Felice Kincannon Presentation

Community Resilience Through Pollution Prevention_Dever Putnam Presentation

Emergency Planning 101 Tips for Getting Started_T Dresser Presentation

Register Now for March 27th Workshop at Northern Essex Community College!  A second workshop in the series is scheduled for 27 March 2018 with a  focus on helping business and industry users implement best practices in safe use of chemicals and on effective coordinating efforts with local and state emergency management officials.

Register here https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chemical-safety-and-community-resiliency-workshop-2-tickets-42058035717


Take the SURVEY on Chemical Safety & Community Resilience

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Adopted Merrimack Valley Region Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan


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14 of the Merrimack Valley’s 15 communities participated in the regional planning process for the Merrimack Valley Region Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan Update, adopted in 2016.  The plan is valid through May 2021 and ensures eligibility of the participating communities in FEMA hazard mitigation grant programs.  (Note:  Amesbury received separate grant funding to develop its municipal Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan which was adopted in 2017.)


Links below are to the adopted  region plan documents.

 MV Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan Update April 2016

MV Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan Update Appendices

Appendix F – Map Series
Andover     Boxford     Georgetown     Groveland     Haverhill     Lawrence     Merrimac
Methuen     Newbury     Newburyport     N. Andover     Rowley     Salisbury     W. Newbury




The Merrimack Valley is a picturesque home to marshes, beaches, forests, fields and wildlife. We work with many community organizations and concerned citizens to protect these natural resources and bring development and preservation balance to the region.

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