Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Program

The City of Fitchburg recently received a grant of $102,000 from the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA) under the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Grant Program to complete the MVP Planning process. The purpose of the MVP Planning process is to create a strategy to improve the City’s resilience to climate change by identifying vulnerabilities and prioritizing actions to address them. By completing this process, Fitchburg is now eligible for state MVP Action Grants and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Grants.

As part of the MVP Planning process, the City of Fitchburg also updated its Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) with an extended focus on climate resilience. The process to develop the HMP has included:

  • Convening a core team of municipal department heads who provided key input through meetings, online surveys, and interviews.
  • Engaging the public through a Community Resilience Building Workshop and interactive public meetings.
  • Conducting a vulnerability and risk assessment of historic hazards and the potential impact of climate change.
  • Reviewing progress on the previous hazard mitigation plan. 
  • Documenting the Town’s capacity to mitigate and respond to hazards. 
  • Developing an action and implementation strategy.

As of this writing, the HMP has been approved by the Dederal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The next step is formal adoption by the City Council, which will likely occur in February 2021. If you would like to review the draft HMP, it is available here:


If you'd like to provide feedback on the HMP, please use the forms available at the links below.