Hazard Mitigation and Flood Management Plan

While there are many aspects of coastal life in Barrington to celebrate, it does leave us vulnerable to several natural hazards. Tides are pushing waters onto our streets with more regularity and we are on the frontlines for sea level rise. The next Hurricane of 1938 could be around the corner.

 

The Town is working hard to be prepared and to that end is developing a 2022 Hazard Mitigation and Flood Management Plan (HMFMP) to strengthen our resiliency to a number of natural hazards, including flooding and hurricanes. The HMFMP will update the Town’s 2017 Hazard Mitigation Plan (as required by FEMA), and expand the focus on flood management. The Plan is being overseen by a Steering Committee comprised of Town staff, residents, and other stakeholders. The Steering Committee meetings are posted below and are open to the public.

 

The Plan will assess the likely impacts of natural hazards that historically have or are reasonably anticipated to impact the people and property of the Town. The Plan will establish updated goals and objectives and develop a mitigation strategy and action plan with a list of prioritize projects. It is being developed in accordance with Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) requirements, and includes Community Rating System (CRS) Flood Management provisions.

 

We need to all work together to understand local risks, make hard choices, and invest in long-term community well-being.

Your Input is Important!

Community involvement is important to the planning process.

STEERING COMMITTEE MEETINGS:

Development of the Plan is overseen by a Steering Committee made up of Town staff, residents, and other stakeholders. All meetings are open to the public. If a zoom link is available, it will be posted below prior to the meeting and, on the Town’s UPCOMING MEETINGS calendar (website homepage). 

Upcoming meetings: Meetings are scheduled from 9:00 - 10:15 am on the following dates:

Tuesdays April 26th and May 3rd

PUBLIC OPINION SURVEY:

Thank you to all who participated in the online survey. We had a tremendous community response with 442 people participating. The survey results will be reviewed by the steering Committee and provided as an Appendix to the Plan.

PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING:

Meeting #1 - Hosted by the Resilience and Energy Committee: April 26, 2022 at 6:30 pm

There will be a brief project presentation followed by an open discussion on the past occurrence of natural hazards and potential future areas/issues of concern. The location and zoom link (if available) will be posted prior to the meeting.

 

 

What is Hazard Mitigation?

FEMA defines hazard mitigation as, "any sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to life and property from natural hazards." Good planning before, during, and after disasters can protect our health, our daily ways of life, and promote equity in our community.

 

 

Why is Hazard Mitigation & Flood Management Plan Important?

As one of Rhode Island’s communities most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and sea level rise, the Town of Barrington understands that a well-developed Hazard Mitigation & Flood Management Plan is an important planning tool that can:

  • identify goals to prepare and adapt to changing hazards and vulnerabilities

  • engage community and regional stakeholders and link local and regional planning efforts

  • educate community to increase personal safety and resiliency

  • improve opportunities for mitigation funding

 

While we can’t prevent natural hazard events, such as hurricanes and nor’easters, pre-disaster planning and investments in preventative measures can reduce the impact of these events and improve post-disaster recovery.

Strengthening Community Resilience

These are the steps we are using to develop the 2022 HMFMP:

  • Hazard Profiles: identify natural hazards that may have a significant impact on Barrington should they occur (such as floods, hurricanes, and nor’easters)

  • Vulnerability Assessment: determine who and what are at risk from natural hazard events (including people, structures, infrastructure, economy, and natural environment)

  • Capability Assessment: understand what measures the Town currently implements in terms of hazard mitigation

  • Hazard Ranking: recognizing that the Town has limited fiscal and staffing resources, rank the natural hazards to identify where the Town should focus resources

  • Action Plan: identify projects, initiatives, policies that will help to fill the gap between what has been done and what still needs to be done

 

Want to Learn More?

Following are some links that will provide additional information related to the HM&FM Plan Project.

 

Questions?

Questions regarding the plan update can be directed to Teresa Crean, Director of Planning, Building and Resiliency (247-1900, extension 347; tcrean@barrington.ri.gov)