Climate Change and Hazard Planning

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Municipal vulnerability preparedness (MVP) Program

The City of Framingham has received a Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Planning Grant from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs. This grant enables Framingham to identify and analyze the community’s risks and strengths in the face of climate change. As a result, Framingham will become certified as an MVP Community making us eligible for grant money to address climate change issues.

We are hosting a Public Listening Session to report and discuss our findings with the community. Please join us. The report findings can be viewed here. 

Climate Change Vulnerabilities in Framingham
Public Listening Session
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

6:00-7:00 PM
Memorial Building, Nevins Hall

Multiple Hazard Mitigation Plan Update

The Final MHMP 2017 update was adopted by the Board of Selectman and approved by FEMA on April 12, 2017.

View the Final MHMP Update 2017 (PDF)

About the Multiple Hazard Mitigation Plan (MHMP)

The Multiple Hazard Mitigation Plan (MHMP) analyzes any natural hazards that may affect the City's ability to deal with those natural hazards. The Plan - as required by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) - is updated every 5 years, which allows the City to apply for pre-disaster and post-disaster funding.

The MHMP Working Group is the entity tasked with updating and implementing the Plan and is composed of various citizens and staff from the Community and Economic Development Division, Fire Department, DPW, and Police Department.

Elements focused on for the 2017 update include:

  • Significant new development that has occurred since 2012 and how it could be impacted by natural hazards;
  • Changes in natural hazards impacts;
  • Analysis and revision of proposed natural hazard mitigation projects list; and
  • Overall streamlining and reorganizing of the Plan.

Review the 2012 Multiple Hazard Mitigation Plan (PDF)

Get Involved!

Throughout this process we would like to hear from you - Framingham residents who know first-hand the areas in City impacted by natural hazards. 

If you have comments on the Plan, general questions, have a suggestion of a natural hazard mitigation project the City should consider, or would like to report an area in City affected by a natural hazard, please email

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Image of the Winter Street Reservoir Dam (Framingham Reservoir No. 1 Dam and Gatehouse)

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Image of the Department of Public Works performing the Annual Saxonville Flood Gate Inspection