Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness

EAP: Natural Resources: Climate Change Preparedness

What is Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP)?

 Administered by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA), MVP is a grant-based program providing support for municipalities “to begin the process of planning for climate change resiliency and implementing priority projects.”  Through this program, Princeton has received an initial grant of $20,000 to help the Town meet the challenges of climate change and develop a Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Plan.  This plan will identify and prioritize the most likely areas and/or groups of people that are vulnerable to increased levels of wind, rain, drought, and ice storms in the coming decades.  The second phase of potential grants will help Princeton increase its resiliency to these climate-related challenges by supportive funding of improved infrastructure and community preparedness.

Ice Storm RepairCommunity Resilience Building Workshop

The MVP Plan will be developed through community participation in a Community Resilience Building Workshop (CRBW). This workshop will:

  • Define extreme weather and climate-related hazards
  • Identify current and future vulnerabilities and strengths
  • Develop and prioritize actions
  • Identify opportunities for the Town to advance actions and reduce risks to build resilience

Originally scheduled as a virtual workshop in early May 2020, the CBRW is expected to yield better results as an in-person workshop once restrictions on public meetings have been lifted - most likely by the end of September.  This delay was enabled by a May 4, 2020 extension of the original June 30, 2020 deadline to June 20, 2021. Approximately 30 townspeople and employees representing the various Town departments will participate in this workshop, facilitated by the Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission, contracted to lead this effort.  The 8-person MVP Core Team consists of Select Board Member Karen Cruze, Fire Chief John Bennett, Police Chief Michelle Powers, Highway Superintendent Ben Metcalf, Town Administrator Sherry Patch, Conservation Commission Member Brian Keevan, Larry Greene from the Board of Health, Aimee Kindorf of the Senior Center and EAC Member Phil Gott

Why is this needed?

It is expected that total precipitation in Princeton will increase by about 10% in 2050 compared to the early 2000s, and the average temperature will increase by about 6 degrees F, with Princeton experiencing 5 to 8 days over 95F compared to less than one day over that temperature today. Warmer temperatures will bring less snow, but more ice storms, and increasing periods of drought. Impacts can be expected to range from increased number and frequency of culvert washouts to a greater probability of forest fires, among other effects. 

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This page was last updated on May 9, 2020