Draft Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Report

Like communities across Massachusetts, Lunenburg is in a new era of more unpredictable and severe weather that can potentially cause more damage to our Town infrastructure, as well as create new hazards for our community as a whole.

In order to be as proactive as we can in preparing and protecting Lunenburg, the Town held a one-day, Community Resilience Building (CRB) Workshop on May 21, 2020. The CRB Workshop was designed and intended to bring together community members to identify and prioritize steps to reduce risk and improve climate change resilience across Lunenburg. This Workshop helped clarify and advance wide- ranging community resilience planning and hazard mitigation efforts.
The Workshop’s Objectives were as follows:
• Understand connections between natural hazards and local planning/mitigation efforts.
• Evaluate strengths and vulnerabilities of residents, infrastructure, and natural resources.
• Develop and prioritize resilient actions for the municipality, local organizations, institutions, businesses, private citizens, neighborhoods, and community groups.
• Identify immediate opportunities to advance actions that reduce the impact of hazards and increase resilience in Lunenburg.

As a result of the Workshop a Draft Municipal Vulnerability Program Report was created. This report outlines the major threats that Lunenburg will face as a result of long-term climate change. In addition the report outlines the strengths present and an Action Plan to address the identified threats. The actions in the Plan are ranked high, medium and low priority as well as ongoing, long, medium and short term for when addressing them may become necessary. These rankings were developed through a voting process that invited dozens of local decision makers and officials to participate.

The Draft Municipal Vulnerability Program Report can be viewed here:
There will be a listening session on Tuesday June 16, 2020 at the Lunenburg Board of Selectmen’s meeting. If you have any questions, comments or would like additional information please contact Adam R. Burney at aburney@lunenburgonline.com. For those unable to attend the listening session written comments will be accepted by Mr. Burney at the email above or by mail to 960 Massachusetts Ave., Lunenburg, MA 01462. All comments must be submitted no later than noon June 17, 2020.