Hazard Mitigation & Flood Management

Hazard Mitigation

Scituate, Be Prepared: for Flooding and Other Natural Hazards
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Excessive Flooding Caused Brandy Brook Road Failure  (September 2023)  Image Credit: Allison Shinskey|WPRI.com

2024 Hazard Mitigation & Flood Management Plan (HM&FMP)

More frequent and intense rainfall is becoming the norm resulting in increased property and street flooding. Wind damage from hurricanes is also problematic, as is the threat of drought and brush fires.

The Town of Scituate is working hard to be prepared and to that end is developing a 2024 Hazard Mitigation & Flood Management Plan (HM&FMP) to strengthen our resilience to a number of natural hazards, including flooding and hurricanes. The HM&FMP will update the Town’s 2017 Hazard Mitigation Plan (FEMA requires a 5-year update), and expand the focus on flood management. The Town hired Kim Jacobs, Civil Engineer & Resilience Planning Consultant to assist with the development of the Plan. An Advisory Committee comprised of Town staff, residents, and other stakeholders will guide plan development. The Advisory Committee meetings are posted below and are open to the public.

The Plan will assess the likely impacts of natural hazards that historically have or are reasonably anticipated to impact the people and property of the Town. A mitigation strategy and action plan (with a list of prioritized projects) will be developed in accordance with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requirements, and will include Community Rating System (CRS) Flood Management provisions.

We need to work together to understand local risks, make solid choices, and invest in long-term community well-being.

The development approach for this plan is comprised of four key phases:

  1. Planning Process – Research, Outreach, and Stakeholder Coordination
  2. Risk Assessment – Identifying Hazards and Community Vulnerability
  3. Mitigation Strategy – Identifying Goals, Mitigation Actions, and Implementation Strategies
  4. Plan Maintenance – Adopting, Implementing, Evaluating, and Revising the Plan

Your Input is Important!

Community involvement is central to the planning process. We hope you will consider engaging in one or more of the following: 

PUBLIC OPINION SURVEY: xxxx - xxxx

To help ensure the Plan reflects community priorities and concerns, please take this quick online survey. Click here to take the survey: https://

ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETINGS:

Development of the Plan is overseen by an Advisory Committee made up of Town staff, residents, and other stakeholders. All meetings are open to the public and will be held in person at the Hope Jackson Administrative Building (117 Main St, Hope, RI). The tentative meeting schedule is posted below, but please refer to the Town’s website calendar to ensure that the proposed meeting will occur as tentatively scheduled.

 Meetings are scheduled from 9:00 - 10:30 am on the following dates:

Meeting #1 - Wednesday June 5, 2024

Meeting #2 - Wednesday June 19, 2024

Meeting #3 - Wednesday July 17, 2024

Meeting #4 - Wednesday August 7, 2024

Meeting #5 - Wednesday August 21, 2024

Meeting #6 - TBD

PUBLIC INFORMATIONAL MEETING: xxxx

A public informational meeting, hosted by xxx, will be held on xxxx   at xxx pm in the XXXX. There will be a brief project presentation followed by an open discussion on the past occurrence of natural hazards and potential future areas/issues of concern. 

 What is Hazard Mitigation?

FEMA defines hazard mitigation as, “any sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to life and property from natural hazards.” Good planning before, during, and after disasters can protect our health, our daily ways of life, and promote equity in our community.

What is Flood Management?

FEMA defines flood (floodplain) management as “a community-based effort to prevent or reduce the risk of flooding, resulting in a more resilient community.” As inland flooding is a problem in Scituate, it is important to identify measures that will help alleviate the impacts of flooding.

Why is a HM&FMP Important?

The Town of Scituate understands that a well-developed Hazard Mitigation & Flood Management Plan is an important planning tool that can:

  • identify goals to prepare and adapt to changing hazards and vulnerabilities
  • engage community and regional stakeholders and link local and regional planning efforts
  • educate community members to increase personal safety and resiliency
  • improve opportunities for mitigation funding

While we can’t prevent natural hazard events, such as hurricanes and nor’easters, pre-disaster planning and investments in preventative measures can reduce the impact of these events and improve post-disaster recovery.

Want to Learn More?

Following are some links that will provide additional information related to the HM&FMP Project.

 

Questions?

Questions regarding the Plan update can be directed to Advisory Committee Chair: John Robinson, Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director (401-647–3000; ema@scituateri.org).