Massachusetts Vulnerability Preparedness Program Launched

Clarendon Hill Consulting is excited to be a key part of the inaugural Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) grant program and is looking forward to working with municipalities in Massachusetts. We are also available to partner with other service providers. Please contact Isabel Kaubisch at Isabel@chillcons.com.

The MVP grant program provides support for cities and towns across the state to begin the process of planning for resiliency. The state has awarded 71 communities $1.145 million in funding to complete vulnerability assessments and develop action-oriented resiliency plans. Communities will be able to define extreme weather and natural and climate-related hazards, identify existing and future vulnerabilities and strengths, develop and prioritize actions for the community, and identify opportunities to take action to reduce risk and build resilience.

Providers undergo a training hosted by the MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Isabel Kaubisch of Clarendon Hill Consulting has been certified as a Municipal Vulnerability Program (MVP) provider.

We have relevant experience related to all areas asked for by a MVP provider:
• Municipal Planning
• Outreach / Community Engagement / Facilitation
• Risk & Climate Vulnerability Assessments, Hazard Mitigation Planning
• GIS Services

Clarendon Hill Consulting has worked on multiple Hazard Mitigation Plans, risk and vulnerability assessments and assists towns with identifying resilient strategies to best meet their needs. We have a large experience working with neighborhoods and municipalities and use GIS analysis on most of our projects.

Relevant Projects (Excerpts)

Local Hazard Mitigation Plan for the Town of Fairhaven (2017)
MVP Skillsets: Municipal Planning + Risk & Climate Vulnerability Assessments & HMP + GIS

Description: Working with a consulting team, Isabel assisted the coastal Town of Fairhaven to develop their Hazard Mitigation Plan. As the Task Lead, Isabel conducted comprehensive risk and vulnerability assessments. These included GIS analysis and mapping of the prevalent natural hazards which included flood, storm surges, sea level rise, wind, fire, winter and geological hazards. Impacts and increased risks of natural hazards from climate change were incorporated into the analysis. Based on these assessments along with insights on the towns capabilities gained through public outreach, the team developed resilient mitigation measures to capture the Town's priorities and needs in the best possible way.

Local Hazard Mitigation Plans for other municipalities

MVP Skillsets: Municipal Planning + Outreach / Facilitation + Risk & Climate Vulnerability Assessments & HMP + GIS

Clarendon Hill has been retained to provide risk and vulnerability assessments for several other municipalities in New England and California as part of their FEMA-approved hazard mitigation plans. Our provided tasks entailed GIS-based risk assessments including HAZUS-MH analysis, vulnerability assessments including planning for climate change, and the development resilient mitigation strategies. Furthermore, we assisted with public outreach and meeting facilitation with local hazard committees and the public. We have worked with the Town of Kirby, VT, Town of Lyndon, VT and the Band of Luiseno Indians in California.

Complete Streets Prioritization Planning for Several Municipalities in MA (2016 -17)

MVP Skillsets: Municipal Planning (Prioritization, Gap & Opportunity Analysis) + Outreach / Facilitation + GIS

Description: Complete Streets Planning aims at making communities more livable by increasing options for walking, biking, and enhanced transit services whilst providing for safer and more accessible multi-modal transportation. Working with an engineering team, Clarendon Hill provided strategic planning advice to develop and prioritize complete streets solutions for several municipalities. We participated at stakeholder meetings and conducted GIS-based location, gap, and improvement analysis to help create relevant five-year plans with prioritized Complete Streets improvements. To date, we have assisted seven municipalities in Massachusetts including the Town of Littleton, Natick, Hudson, Weymouth, Leominster, Winthrop and Sherborn.

Roxbury Heritage State Park Project (MA DCR) (2014 – 17)

MVP Skillsets: Lead Facilitation - Outreach / Community Engagement & Facilitation

Description: Management and coordination of a multi-disciplinary team and project in Roxbury, Massachusetts for the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). Oversight of five disciplines including architectural, landscape architectural, engineering, exhibit development, and public outreach. The overall project is guided by a strong public outreach strategy which includes various stakeholder and public meetings to distill the neighborhoods findings on improvements to the historic Dillaway-Thomas House, Roxbury Heritage State Park and an exhibit focused on the rich local history and local interest matters.

Resources for municipalities
The engagement format for communities follows the successful process of the Community Resilience Building Institute.

We understand that every municipality is different and look forward to tailoring the MVP work to the specific needs and opportunities. Please contact Isabel Kaubisch at (617)863 6593 or at Isabel@chillcons.com. We are happy to assist you.

Clarendon Hill excels working with great team members. We are pleased to collaborate with partners with an extensive experience in municipal vulnerability preparedness and resiliency planning.

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