The Town of Bridgewater is currently working with Old Colony Planning Council to update our 2015 Hazard Mitigation Plan. Updates are required as mitigation strategies evolve, the severity of hazards increases, populations increase, and priorities change. The Hazard Mitigation Plan update will include a wide range of input from the public and stakeholders.
Hazard mitigation is the process of anticipating future disasters and planning to minimize the impacts of disaster. Hazard Mitigation Plans identify an area’s vulnerability to the effects of the hazards, as well as the goals, objectives, and actions required for minimizing loss of life, loss of property, threats to public health and safety, and creating a more sustainable community.
Benefits of a Hazard Mitigation Plan
In addition to identifying effective mitigation projects, a plan will also assist the Town in the following ways:
Increased understanding of hazards and risk the Town faces;
Eligibility for federal and state grant funding
Enhanced coordination of hazard mitigation with comprehensive planning and zoning;
Development of more sustainable and disaster-resistant communities; and
Reduced long-term impacts and damages to human health and structures, and reduced repair costs.
How can I be Involved?
Citizens of Bridgewater may fill out this survey to establish areas and hazards of greatest concern. You may also utilize this QR code to reach the survey:
The Town of Bridgewater, in conjunction with Old Colony Planning Council, is holding our first public listening session for our Hazard Mitigation Plan update on September 27, 2021 at 6:00 PM via Zoom. Pre-register for the listening session here.
We will hold a second listening session in September - the date has not yet been determined and will be posted as soon as available.
The draft Hazard Mitigation Plan update will be accessbile to review here once it becomes available.
Please contact the Community and Economic Development Office at CED@bridgewaterma.org for questions or comments.