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The Northern Middlesex region is susceptible to many types of natural hazards including floods, severe thunderstorms, winter storms, tornadoes, earthquakes, and hurricanes. The economic cost of these types of disasters can be staggering. In addition, such disasters can bring social and emotional devastation to our communities. A Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan outlines actions that can be taken now to reduce the impact of these natural disasters when and if they occur later. Pre-Disaster mitigation breaks the costly cycle of recurrent damage and increasing reconstruction costs.

The Northern Middlesex Council of Governments is currently developing and update to the regional multi-hazard mitigation plan encompassing the communities of Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Dunstable, Lowell, Pepperell, Tewksbury, Tyngsborough and Westford. This Regional Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan (PDM)  update is being prepared in accordance with the federal Disaster Mitigation Act (DMA) of 2000. The purpose of the Plan is to mitigate potential damage from natural hazards, before it occurs, for those hazards deemed to be a threat to the Northern Middlesex region.

Documents currently available:

Northern Middlesex Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan 2013