Bernardston’s Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Plan

Increasingly, we find ourselves working to respond to more unpredictable and severe weather events that damage Bernardston’s infrastructure, natural resources, and local economy and threaten the health and welfare of our residents. The costs and impacts to our town remind us that we need to continue working to reduce our risk and increase our resilience – being able to effectively deal with and quickly bounce back from - these extreme storm events.

In order to be as proactive as we can in preparing and protecting our residents, the Town of Bernardston is partnering with the Franklin Regional Council of Governments to prepare a Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Plan. This Plan will help us to:

  • Understand connections between natural hazards and local and regional planning/mitigation efforts;
  • Evaluate strengths and vulnerabilities of residents, infrastructure, and natural resources;
  • Develop and prioritize resilient actions for the town, residents and our local organizations and businesses; and
  • Identify actions that can reduce the impact of hazards and increase resilience, and later qualify us for funding to implement these important actions.

Please review the materials posted below to learn more about the project. We are excited to be moving forward with the project (virtually!) and will continue to post updates on this page. Please check back periodically for more information on upcoming workshops and public listening sessions.

MVP Program and Hazard Mitigation Plan Overview

Climate Change and Bernardston