Hazard Mitigation Plan

City of Woburn Hazard Mitigation


The City received notice on November 4, 2021 that its draft, updated 2021-2026 Hazard Mitigation Plan has been provisionally approved by FEMA. The City Council is currently in the process of formally adopting the Plan on the City’s behalf, and FEMA will issue its formal approval upon receipt of the Council’s vote.

Please click here to see the provisionally-approved Plan.

Please click here to see a copy of FEMA’s review comments.

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.