Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program

Spencer’s Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Program
The Town of Spencer and its partners completed the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness planning process in April 2018. The final report is provided below.
In 2017 the Town of Spencer received a grant from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Program to assist us in planning for climate risks and community hazard responses of all kinds. The MVP grant requires Spencer to consider and prioritize local climate risks and opportunities relevant to infrastructure, society, and environment. Upon completion of this process the Town of Spencer, businesses, and residents will be much better prepared to respond in the event of an emergency. An outline of the MVP Program goals and objectives is provided below.
Community Resilience Building Procedure
  • Schedule initial workshop to engage stakeholders in the community.
  • Identify impacts using available data including new climate projections developed by the Commonwealth.
  • Identify community strengths and vulnerabilities from data and community input.
  • Prioritize actions.
  • Schedule final workshop to review report and priorities.
  • Move forward: Identify and monitor funding opportunities for recommendations; incorporate plan into other local planning efforts.
MVP designation may lead to enhanced standing in future funding opportunities (the MVP program is modeled on the Massachusetts Green Communities Program which provides designated communities annual access to grant funding).
Special thanks to our consultant Fuss & O’Neill for their assistance with this important community resiliency preparedness and betterment program.
Contact for Further Information and Comments
For further information or for submitting comments or recommendations on Spencer’s MVP Program please send an email to Please include "Spencer MVP Program" in your email subject line.