Greenfield receives $22K for climate change preparation

  • A tree fell and blocked Cheapside Street in Greenfield, damaging vehicles, in July 2018. The city has been awarded a Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Planning Grant to develop an action plan to increase Greenfield’s resiliency against extreme forms of weather caused by climate change. Staff File Photo/Paul Franz

Staff Writer
Published: 6/12/2019 6:14:11 PM

GREENFIELD — The city has been awarded a Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Planning Grant in the amount of $22,000 by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.

“This grant will pave the way for future grant applications that will guarantee access to funds and city-wide safety for all residents,” Mayor William Martin said in a press release. “We thank our Emergency Preparedness staff and first responders for implementing our plan, and particularly City Planner Eric Twarog for leading our group.”

The city partnered with the Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) as its chosen MVP provider.

According to the release, the city has also contracted with FRCOG to update its Local Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan with a Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Greenfield has until June 30, 2020, to complete the requirements of both grants.

Twarog said the state recommends updating the city’s hazard mitigation plan, which is through FEMA, at the same time as the MVP plan is being made.

“The hazard mitigation plan has to be updated every five years,” Twarog said. “The plans inform one another, but once we become an MVP community, we can apply for MVP action grants. So instead of having to compete on the federal level, we are only competing within the state.”

The climate change hazards in Greenfield include flooding, microbursts, hurricanes or potentially tornados Twarog said.

Potential projects, which could be funded through an action plan grant, include repairing culverts.

“We have to think about events like Hurricane Irene or Sandy,” Twarog said. “Culverts in the town, and across the country, were built in a different era, and they are undersized.”

Reach Melina Bourdeau at mbourdeau@recorder.com or 413-772-0261 ext. 263.


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