Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan
About the planning
What is Hazard Mitigation Planning?
As a coastal and dense city, Boston is vulnerable to:
- sea level rise, and
- urban heat islands, among many other natural hazards.
A hazard mitigation plan sets out to identify the risks and vulnerabilities associated with natural disasters. These include the impact on homes, businesses, and critical infrastructure that keeps Boston running. We will take a look at historic hazard events, as well as research on climate change projections for Boston. Our goal is to pinpoint areas that need protection. We will then develop strategies to mitigate damages from natural hazard events.
Boston residents are stakeholders in this planning process. Your input and ideas for becoming more resilient will be valuable to our process. We hope you will join us and read about ways to get involved below.
WHY DEVELOP A HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN?
When updating the 2014 Hazard Mitigation Plan, our goals will be to:
- protect the health and safety of the public
- protect existing properties and structures
- increase resilience by protecting and enhancing natural resources
- ensure that essential services can function during and after a hazard event
- work regionally to mitigate impacts from natural hazards and to respond and recover from hazard events
- determine priorities for directing resources for hazard mitigation and response, and
- maintain hazard awareness.
did you know?
The National Institute of Building Sciences estimates that every $1 of federal grants spent on mitigation saves $6 in recovery costs after an extreme event.
Your experiences of previous natural hazard events are critical to understanding our vulnerability across Boston. As we continue planning in this area your voice and ideas will help us continue on a path forward.
Ways to add your voice now:
Take these quick steps to help the City plan for a more resilient future:
- Review our 2021 updated version of the Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan. For a brief overview you can also take a look at the executive summary of the updated plan.
- Check out our Public Meeting Videos: Public Meeting 1 (May 5, 2021) and Public Meeting 2 (June 22, 2021)
- Follow the hashtag #ResilientBoston on social media.
- Send your questions or comments to EngageOEM@boston.gov
- Add your email to our contact list. You'll get notified as opportunities to get involved are posted and sign up for AlertBoston.