Hazard Mitigation Plan

City of Woburn Hazard Mitigation

Hazard mitigation is the effort to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters. It is most effective when implemented under a comprehensive, long-term mitigation plan. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) encourages State and local governments to engage in hazard mitigation planning – and to develop hazard mitigation plans – in order to identify risks and vulnerabilities associated with natural disasters and to develop long-term strategies for protecting people and property from future hazard events. Adoption of an updated hazard mitigation plan will also ensure the City of Woburn remains eligible to apply for certain grants and other types of non-emergency disaster assistance.

Woburn’s plan was last updated in 2015 and approved by FEMA after a year-long effort that included public input. The Plan identifies and then assesses the potential impacts on the City from a variety of hazards: flooding, high winds, winter storms, brush fires and geologic hazards.  It also lays out and prioritizes goals and strategies for dealing with each type and occurrence of hazardous conditions.

The City is eligible to apply for and receive hazard mitigation grants administered by FEMA through at least July 11, 2021 under the current plan. The City is currently in the process of updating the Plan again, to more deeply address climate changes issues and to ensure the City’s grant eligibility remains intact.


A public meeting was held on June 3, 2021, and a draft updated Hazard Mitigation Plan was prepared afterward that incorporated public comment received during the meeting. The draft updated Plan is now available for review: Woburn draft Hazard Mitigation Plan. The City encourages interested parties to submit written comments via email to the City’s consultant, Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s Principal Environmental Planner Anne Herbst, at [email protected]. The deadline for receipt of public comments on the draft Plan is 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 10, 2021. All comments received by that date and time will be acknowledged in the final Plan.

A hard copy of the draft can be provided upon request, though the City strongly encourages use of the electronic link if at all possible.

Thank you for your interest.




Have you experienced flooding?

Do you have concerns about future climate impacts?

The City of Woburn is updating its Hazard Mitigation Plan to prepare for extreme weather events.  Join us to learn about Woburn’s climate and hazard preparations to date and to provide your input into the plan.  Woburn will be eligible to apply for funding of the priorities identified in the plan.  Please join us to share your experiences and suggestions to reduce the impacts of inevitable future storms.

DATE: Thursday, June 3, 2021

TIME: 7 pm

The meeting will be held virtually on Zoom; Register in advance with this link:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the meeting.

More information here: Flyer Woburn Natural Hazards Public Meeting 6-3-21