Coastal Resilience Planning is a rapidly evolving practice and community specific. Coastal Resilience Planning seeks to improve the capacity of a community exposed to extreme natural events to adapt to stress and change, by resisting or changing, in order to reach and maintain an acceptable level of functioning. Present and future challenges and vulnerabilities to the community on Nantucket include the effects of sea-level rise, shoreline changes and increased magnitude and frequency of storms. Nantucket is following the recommendations and guidance provided by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to develop this plan.
The Coastal Management Plan for the Town of Nantucket was created to establish priorities and procedures for protecting and managing town owned infrastructure, public access points and roads around the island adjacent to the coastline. This was prepared in 2014 by a work group formed by the Select Board.
The primary purpose of the pre-disaster Hazard Mitigation Plan is to identify natural hazards and risks, existing capabilities, and activities that can be undertaken by a community to prevent loss of life and reduce property damages associated with the identified hazards. The plan is relevant not only in emergency management situations, but also should be used within the community's land use, environmental, and capital improvement programs. This plan is submitted for review by the Federal Emergency management Agency (FEMA). Updates are made every 10 years or more often as needed by the community.