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Natural disaster plans get scrutiny

4 area cities will join in collaborative study. Chelsea, Everett, Malden, and Melrose could be better prepared to absorb the punches dealt by hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, and even earthquakes as a result of a new planning effort. A regional agency will be preparing a natural disaster mitigation plan for those and five other area communities through a just-awarded federal grant. The other municipalities are Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Medford, and Somerville. The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), the agency undertaking the study, will work closely with officials from the nine communities in developing the document. The plan will be regional in nature but include sections on each community. Full Story

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