Resilient Worcester

Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness

A Public Listening Session of the key findings from the draft Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Plan took place on Thursday, June 13th, 2019 at 5:30. Members of the public were invited to attend, learn about and have opportunity to provide feedback on the city-wide climate change vulnerability assessment and recommended priority actions to strengthen Worcester’s resilience to natural hazards exacerbated by climate change.

Public is invited to provide their written comments to by June 26th, 2019 in order to allow time to incorporate all comments into the final report that will be submitted to the state by Friday, June 28th, 2019.

Listening Session Presentation

Draft Report

Risk Matrix


Credit: Erb Photography

Worcester was one of 82 communities to receive an award on May 29, 2018 to complete a climate change vulnerability assessments and develop resiliency plans through the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) program.

The city is using a $100,000 Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness grant to complete a city-wide climate change vulnerability assessment, design an action plan for preparedness activities, and conduct a number of targeted vulnerability assessments of critical sectors with assistance of a qualified consultant.

Municipalities who complete this process and develop a final report will be designated as an MVP Community, which may lead to increased standing in future funding opportunities, including access to up to $2 million (as of April 2019) from a MVP Action Grant (with a 25% local match of total project costs).

The City selected Kleinfelder's RFP proposal for Worcester Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Planning Consulting Services and started the work in November, 2018. The project is managed by Energy and Asset Management staff, with input from other city staff and community members. 

On Friday, January 25, 2019, the city held an intensive one-day workshop with community stakeholders. The workshop raised awareness, facilitated dialogue and experience-sharing, and generated ideas and momentum for building a more resilient Worcester. The MVP workshop presentation can be found here.

Other Planning Resources Related to the City's Resiliency Planning