Planning for natural disasters can reduce loss of life, injuries, and property damage. Hazard Mitigation Plans identify critical facilities and areas of concern throughout a municipality, analyze potential natural hazards and risks to these facilities, and prioritize mitigation measures to address the hazards. Municipalities must update their Hazard Mitigation Plans every five years in order to maintain eligibility for federal mitigation grants.
Potential natural hazards in the NRPC region include drought, earthquake, extreme temperatures, flooding, severe wind, lightening, severe winter weather, tornado, wildfire, solar storms & space weather, and infectious disease.
Nashua Region Water Resiliency Action Plan Climate change in southern New Hampshire will impact the environment, ecosystem services, economy, public health, and quality of life. According to a 2014 study by the Sustainability Institute at the University of NH, southern NH is expected to become warmer and wetter over the next century with more extreme precipitation events. This weather pattern puts significant stress on the region’s already aging water infrastructure. Despite efforts taking place to slow the rate of climate change, some level of change is inevitable. Therefore, municipalities must make sound decisions to help their communities adapt to a new climate normal.
A critical component of water sustainability is resilience, which means ensuring that natural and man-made water systems are able to tolerate disturbances and adapt to change. While southern NH has been and is expected to continue getting wetter, it is uncertain whether there will be enough good quality water when and where it is needed to support the population and the broader ecosystem. Greater fluctuations in rain and snow events will impact groundwater recharge, stormwater runoff, drought, and flooding. Increased frequency of extreme weather events presents additional challenges to already aging and inadequate water infrastructure. The goal of the Nashua Region Water Resiliency Action Plan is to help municipalities become more resilient to the impacts that climate change has on their water infrastructure and vulnerable populations. NRPC can assist member communities with updating their Hazard Mitigation Plan. For more information, please contact us.
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