The need for municipalities, regional planning organizations, the state and federal agencies to increase resilience and adapt to extreme weather events and mounting natural hazards is strikingly evident along the coast of Connecticut. Recent events such as Tropical Storm Irene, the Halloween Snow Storm, and Storm Sandy have reinforced this urgency and compelled leading communities like the Town of Madison to proactively plan and mitigate potential risks through a community-driven process. Ultimately, this type of leadership is to be commended because it will reduce the exposure of Madison’s citizens, infrastructure and ecosystems and serve as a model for communities across Connecticut, the Atlantic Seaboard, and the Nation.
The summary of findings transcribed in this report, like any that concern the evolving nature of risk assessment and associated action are proffered for comments, corrections and updates from workshop participants and additional stakeholders alike. The Town of Madison’s exemplary leadership on hazards and community resilience will benefit from the continuous and expanding participation of all those concerned.