By MyFm's Rick Michaels - An overview of the Franklin-Bellingham Hazard mitigation and Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Project will be given tonight, as public participation in the planning process is important for improving awareness of the potential impacts of natural hazards and to build support for the actions the towns will take, to mitigate them. The two town project focuses on identifying climate risks and resilience strategies mapping sites in both towns, where the impacts of natural hazards mostly flooding would affect Franklin and Bellingham. The Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, requires all municipalities, that wish to be eligible to receive FEMA funding for hazard mitigation grants, to adopt a local plan and update the plan every five years. Global climate change and a variety of other factors, impacts a town’s vulnerability moving forward and local officials will need to work together across municipal lines and with state and federal agencies, to address these changes. Tonight’s remote meeting will begin at six o’clock tonight and there’s a link on the Franklin town website to join the meeting.