CONTACT: Josiah Neiderbach, PVPC Planner, (413) 781-6045 or email@example.com
Wayne Feiden, Director of Planning and Sustainability, City of Northampton, (413) 587-1265 or firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 24, 2014
City of Northampton Hazard Mitigation Plan Public Engagement Event Slated
Northampton residents are invited to provide comments on the update of Northampton’s current hazard mitigation plan Tuesday, April 29, 6:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. at 118 Conz Street. The 2009 plan was produced by the City, along with Pioneer Valley Planning Commission. All members of the public are welcome to attend the event.
The meeting will include an introduction to the hazard mitigation planning process, a summary of existing mitigation initiatives, and an outline of recommended strategies for addressing natural hazards in Northampton. Municipal officials and PVPC staff will be available to answer questions and listen to comments on the draft plan, which is posted at http://www.pvpc.org/resources/landuse/mit-plans-2011/NorthamptonPDMplan_final.pdf.
This planning effort is being undertaken to help the City of Northampton assess the risks faced 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 hazard mitigation plan was developed with funding provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and assistance from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.