October 3rd to 9th to be Proclaimed Flood Awareness Week In Massachusetts

State nonprofits, state agencies and others join together to boost awareness of flooding and flood hazards to Massachusetts stakeholders

The Governor, along with members of the Massachusetts Legislature, are proclaiming the week of October 3 – 9, 2021 as Flood Awareness Week in Massachusetts. The week comes on the heels of National Preparedness Month and focuses on current resources, efforts, legislative proposals and environmental considerations related to the demonstrable impact of flooding in this particular period of climate change.

Massachusetts has the highest number of repetitive loss properties in New England and is repeatedly threatened with winter Nor’easters and Hurricanes. Our communities regularly battle flooding both coastally and inland from the various sources of water our state has. Residents, business owners, and property owners across the Commonwealth continue to face the loss of lives, business and property in instances of inland and coastal flooding, and seek assistance in preparing for and minimizing catastrophic loss.

The week will kick off with a press conference and announcement of events with elected and state officials and others at the Harbor Terrace of the New England Aquarium in Boston, which is itself the site of repetitive flooding in recent years. The press conference will begin at 10:30am on Monday, October 4th. The press is invited and encouraged to attend. After the kickoff, thanks to collaborations with the Office of Representative Patrick Kearney (Scituate-D), state nonprofits, state agencies, and others, there will be educational events and webinars for the entire week.

A list of events, and a home page for Flood Awareness Month in Massachusetts, can be found www.floodawareness.org.

For more information, or for any questions, please email Joe Rossi at [email protected]