RE “SCIENTISTS want city to gird for storms” (Page A1, Nov. 2): In the aftermath of Sandy, Friday’s article underscores Boston’s vulnerabilities and the risk of more severe hazards as a result of climate change. However, it’s important to remember that these threats affect the entire metropolitan area, from Plum Island to Cape Cod, from Downtown Crossing to MetroWest. The most effective preparation often calls for cooperation across city and town borders.
The Metropolitan Area Planning Council is helping communities reduce their vulnerability to natural hazards by preparing mitigation plans, with support from both the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency. These plans identify actions cities and towns can take now to reduce the impact of natural hazards, such as protecting wetlands and forests as natural buffers, improving drainage infrastructure, and coordinating the action plans of emergency responders.