Work is now underway on the update of Upton’s 2012 Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan, which will help guide local efforts to reduce damage from future natural disasters. The Town of Upton invites local residents, business operators, property owners, and other interested parties to add their insight and local knowledge to the planning process by completing a brief online survey, at www.surveymonkey.com/r/CMRPC-HMP. All are encouraged to participate – this is the public's chance to help protect Upton from floods, droughts, winter storms, and other natural hazards.
The Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan is being developed by a team of local officials and staff with technical assistance from the Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission (CMRPC). As the planning process proceeds over the next several months, at least two events will be held to present the draft and final plans to the public. Final adoption of the plan is contingent on approval from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA).
This planning process is funded by a Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) grant from the FEMA through MEMA to CMRPC. The purpose of HMGP is to help communities implement hazard mitigation measures following a Presidential major disaster declaration. Hazard mitigation is any action taken to reduce or eliminate long term risk to people and property from natural hazards. Mitigation planning is a key process used to break the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage. Adoption of the final plan will keep Upton and its residents eligible for enhanced pre- and post-disaster funding from FEMA.