Plainfield Town officials and planning staff from the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC) will be undertaking a planning process over the next several months to assess the risks faced from natural hazards, identify action steps that can be taken to prevent property damage and loss of life, and prioritize funding for future mitigation efforts.
Funded by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA) through a Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness planning grant, this process will engage local decision makers and members of the public to think through the community’s current vulnerabilities and how they can be addressed.
“The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission is excited to be teaming up with the Town of Plainfield to ensure the community is as prepared as possible for natural hazards and the impacts of a changing climate,” said PVPC Senior Planner Emily Slotnick. “Whether it’s localized flood damage on dirt roads, the need for emergency backup generators, or anything in between, we’ll be seeking the public’s input this fall to ensure Plainfield is ready for Mother Nature’s worst.”
Plainfield residents will be invited to provide comments on the development of the Town’s first hazard mitigation plan on October 10th at 7PM in the Plainfield Town Hall.
Local businesses, residents of neighboring communities, and municipal officials of neighboring communities are also encouraged to attend and provide their feedback. Stakeholders may also provide input via an online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PlainfieldHMP.
Since 2007, PVPC has assisted its member communities with developing new and updating existing Hazard Mitigation Plans. Hazard mitigation is any action taken to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk to human life and property from hazards.