Needham Natural Hazards and Climate Preparedness Feeback

Town of Needham

Natural Hazards and Climate Preparedness

Virtual Feedback Session

Welcome to the Town of Needham’s virtual feedback session. The Town of Needham has been working with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) to complete two separate but related plans.

The Hazard Mitigation Plan prepares for all natural (weather related) hazards. The Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) plan prepares for projected climate-related increases in heat, precipitation, drought, and sea level rise.

Completion of the Hazard Mitigation Plan will make Needham eligible for FEMA grants to implement recommended measures. Completion of the MVP plan will certify Needham as an MVP community and make Needham eligible for state grants to implement recommended priorities.

Your feedback is critical to the success of the plans. The current COVID-19 pandemic necessitates that we gather your input virtually. Please listen to the following presentation, review the MVP workshop report, and then respond to the survey questions to share your observations, concerns, and priorities.

Please provide your feedback by May 18, 2020 for inclusion in the final MVP report.

If you have any questions, please contact MAPC Senior Environmental Planner Anne Herbst at

Step One: Presentation

In this 22-minute presentation, Senior Environmental Planner Anne Herbst discusses:

  • Needham Hazard Mitigation Plan
  • Needham Climate Plan
  • Climate change data and projections
  • Natural hazards and climate impacts for Needham
  • Needham's climate priorities

If the video isn't displaying, click here for the YouTube video. Click here to download the featured PowerPoint.


Step Two: Read Draft Report

Review the draft MVP report ("Town of Needham Community Resilience Building Workshop: Summary of Findings"). Pages 4 to 10 summarize the results.

Pay particular attention to the areas of concern, community strengths, and the strategies to improve resilience. In the next section, we'll ask for your feedback on these strategies.

Step Three: Feedback

Please use the embedded survey below to provide feedback! Click here to open the survey in its own tab.