Pioneer Valley
Planning Commission

Eric Carle Museum, Amherst, MA
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Press Release

CONTACT: Catherine Miller, PVPC Principal Planner, (413) 781-6045
June 30, 2008

Public Comment Sought on Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plans

The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, in conjunction with local hazard mitigation planning committees, has produced drafts of pre-disaster mitigation plans for Cummington, Palmer, Southampton, Westfield, and Westhampton.

This planning effort is being undertaken to help communities assess the risks they face from natural hazards, identify action steps that can be taken to prevent damage to property and loss of life, and prioritize funding for mitigation efforts. A mitigation action is any action taken to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk to human life and property from hazards.

The draft plans are available for public review and comment for the next 30 days at PVPC’s office, 26 Central Street, 3rd Floor, West Springfield; on PVPC’s website at ; and at individual city and town halls. Residents, business owners, and other concerned parties of these municipalities and of adjacent communities are encouraged to comment.

Over the upcoming months, pre-disaster mitigation plans will be developed for Amherst, Belchertown, Brimfield, Chicopee, Goshen, Granby, Huntington, Springfield, West Springfield, Williamsburg, and Worthington. These plans are being developed with assistance from the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission with funding provided by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

In 2006-2007, PVPC facilitated development of plans for 16 communities in the Hampshire and Hampden county areas. Following completion of this second round of 16 hazard mitigation plans, PVPC will be developing a regional hazard mitigation plan. Communities with approved plans are eligible for Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funding from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

For additional information, contact Catherine Miller at (413) 781-6045 or


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