Sustainability and resilience work best in tandem and when everyone is involved.
Climate change has already brought more extreme weather events to our area and throughout Massachusetts - all of which, are expect to worsen over time. Concord must respond to reduce the potential impacts of a shifting climate. We have an opportunity to act now, to prepare for the future, and to be a more resilient community. Join us.
We hosted a Community Resilience Building Workshop in September 2018 and identified four priority climate hazards for Concord - Increased Flooding, Extreme Heat, Increased Drought, and Extreme Storms.
We have already experienced climate shifts here in Concord in the form of more frequent and intense extreme storms, heavy rainfall, and increased periods of drought. Preparing for these changes together will help us to be more resilient.
Be prepared for storms and weather events - Check out ready.gov for tips about how to create an emergency plan, a preparedness kit, and how to talk to your family about emergency preparedness. Enroll in Concord's CodeRed notification system and follow Town of Concord on social media for updates.
Reduce your energy consumption and demand - Mitigating our impact on climate change means we have less to adapt to. Reducing your need for energy through energy efficiency measures at your home like improved insulation will also make you more resilient in the case of outages. Find tips and resources here.
Conserve our natural resources - With the threat of increased drought, reducing demand on our water and other natural resources is important to a resilient community. There's a lot you can do at home to reduce your demand for water indoors and outdoors. Find tips and resources here.
Spread the word - People are more often influenced by friends than by experts, so make sure to talk about climate change with friends and family, colleagues and those in your network. Need some tips? Check out our 5 Tips for Communicating about Climate Change.
We'll experience hotter temperatures and more drought conditions due to climate change, which will strain our water supply. We'll also see more extreme floods and heavier precipitation that can lead to flash flooding. Smart water management will ensure we are prepared for these changing conditions.