FEMA defines hazard mitigation as:
A series of actions and policies designed to reduce and/or eliminate the impacts of naturally occurring disasters on people and property.
About the Brewster Hazard Mitigation Plan
The Town of Brewster has developed a Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan. The purpose of the Brewster Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan is to help the Town plan and receive funding for projects that reduce the risk of injury or damage to property from future natural, communicable, human-caused or technological hazard events such as flooding, hurricanes or cyber security. The Town of Brewster has been affected by hazards in the past and this plan is thus committed to reducing future disaster impacts. The Town has also had the opportunity with this project to receive federal funding for the first time (a FEMA grant was awarded to help develop this plan). The Town is committed to maintaining eligibility for future federal funding.
The Town of Brewster’s Local Hazard Mitigation Workgroup (LHMW), with the assistance of the Horsley Witten Group, Inc. (HW) developed this plan. HW conducted a series of meetings from February 2020 through November 2021 with the Brewster LHMW, municipal officials, the community, and representatives of MEMA.
The final public workshop, which presented the draft of the plan to the Select Board, occurred on November 30, 2021. A public comment period was also held from November 8, 2021 to December 3, 2021. Incorporating feedback from the workshop, the final plan was submitted to MEMA on December 16, 2021, before being forwarded to FEMA for review and approval.
FEMA completed its review of Brewster’s Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan in February 2022 and approved the plan, which was formally adopted by the Select Board on March 21, 2022.