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Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) and Hazard Mitigation Planning

The Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness grant program (MVP) provides support for cities and towns in Massachusetts to begin the process of planning for climate change resiliency and implementing priority projects. The state awards communities with funding to complete vulnerability assessments and develop action-oriented resiliency plans. Communities who complete the MVP program become certified as an MVP community and are eligible for MVP Action Grant funding and other opportunities.

The program helps communities to:

  • Define climate related hazards
  • Understand how they may be impacted by climate change utilizing the latest science and data at http://www.resilientma.org/
  • Identify existing and future climate vulnerabilities and strengths
  • Identify opportunities to take action to reduce risk and build resilience
  • Implement priority actions identified through the planning process

The Town in 202Plan Cover0 received a planning assistance grant from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA), through the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Grant Program. It then partnered with The Merrimack Valley Planning Commission to facilitate this project and provide the latest, most critical research and data that will help inform the decision-making process.  Click here for a Story Map, which outlines the information covered during the North Andover Hazard Mitigation / Municipal Vulnerability Planning process.  Click here or the image to the right to view the the Town's new Multi-Hazard Mitigation and Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Plan, which resulted from this planning process.

Staff Contacts

Name Phone
Andrew Shapiro, AICP (978) 688-9533

Stakeholder organizations or departments that are actively participating in the Town of North Andover's Municipal Vulnerability / Hazard Mitigation planning processes

Town of North AndoverLocal (non-Town)RegionalState

Town Manager's Office
Community & Economic Development
Planning Department
Conservation Department
Health Department
Building Department
Senior Center
Emergency Management
Community Support Coordinator
Commission on Disability
Board of Selectmen
Finance Department
Veterans Agent
Water Department
Council on Aging
Youth & Recreation Services
Public Health Nurse

Friends of North Andover Trails (FONAT)
Trustees of the Reservations
Merrimack College
Brooks School
North Andover Merchants Association
North Andover CAM
North Andover Rotary
North Andover Country Club
Rolling Ridge Conference Center

Merrimack Valley Planning Commission (MVPC)
Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce
Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority (MVRTA)
Town of Andover
Town of Boxford
Town of Middleton
City of Methuen
City of Lawrence
City of Haverhill
Essex County Greenbelt
Greater Lawrence Sanitary District (GLSD)
Merrimack Valley Watershed Association
Ipswich River Watershed Association

State Senator Diana DiZoglio
State Representative Christina Minicucci
Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)