Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Program

As a coastal community, Yarmouth needs to be especially mindful of natural hazards and severe weather events which can cause damage to our community. To plan for ways to better prepare and protect the Town from natural and climate-related hazards, the Town of Yarmouth enrolled in the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Program and received a grant from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs to conduct a Community Resilience Building Workshop.

The Workshop was held on March 22, 2019 and was led by Woods Hole Group and a core team of Town Staff. The MVP Workshop participants included a wide range of community members with different perspectives and expertise. Participants identified and prioritized actions to reduce risk and improve the resiliency of the societal, environmental and infrastructure components within our community. The central objectives of the Workshop were to:

  • Define top local natural and climate-related hazards of concern and the connection with local planning/mitigation  efforts.
  • Identify existing and future strengths and vulnerabilities
  • Develop prioritized actions for the community
  • Identify immediate opportunities to collaboratively advance actions to increase resilience

Woods Hole Group has prepared a Draft MVP Report summarizing the Workshop results which can be viewed at the links below. To garner input from the broader public on the draft report and to solicit other ideas, the Town is conducting a Public Listening Session on April 30, 2019 at 6:00 PM in the Town Hall Hearing Room. Successful completion of the MVP Program will officially designate Yarmouth as an MVP Community and make us eligible for future MVP Action Grants to help implement the action items identified in the report.

For further information, contact Kathy Williams, Town Planner, at kwilliams@yarmouth.ma.us