Hazard Mitigation Plan

The Town of Bridgewater is currently working with Old Colony Planning Council to update our 2015 Hazard Mitigation Plan. Updates are required as mitigation strategies evolve, the severity of hazards increases, populations increase, and priorities change. The Hazard Mitigation Plan update will include a wide range of input from the public and stakeholders. 

2015 Hazard Mitigation Plan

Please find the 2015 Hazard Mitigation Plan here

What is Hazard Mitigation?

Hazard mitigation is the process of anticipating future disasters and planning to minimize the impacts of disaster. Hazard Mitigation Plans identify an area’s vulnerability to the effects of the hazards, as well as the goals, objectives, and actions required for minimizing loss of life, loss of property, threats to public health and safety, and creating a more sustainable community. 

Benefits of a Hazard Mitigation Plan

In addition to identifying effective mitigation projects, a plan will also assist the Town in the following ways:

  • Increased understanding of hazards and risk the Town faces;
  • Eligibility for federal and state grant funding
  • Enhanced coordination of hazard mitigation with comprehensive planning and zoning;
  • Development of more sustainable and disaster-resistant communities; and
  • Reduced long-term impacts and damages to human health and structures, and reduced repair costs.

Final Hazard Mitigation Plan 

The Hazard Mitigation Plan update has been approved by FEMA and adopted by the Town Council.  This plan is valid until August 10, 2027.  This version is accessbile HERE.

Please contact the Community and Economic Development Office at CED@bridgewaterma.org for questions or comments.