Meeting the Challenges of Coastal Storms


All community members are invited to the Waquoit Bay Reserve Visitor Center Thursday evenings in October for a series of presentations that will give participants a greater understanding about coastal storm issues as well as practical tips that can be implemented immediately, or when the next big storm hits Cape Cod. In addition to raising Hurricanetheir own level of comfort and safety during a storm, citizens taking these actions will also serve to strengthen Cape Cod’s ability as a region to be self-reliant.

Merriam-Webster defines resilience as “able to become strong, healthy, or successful again after something bad happens”. That’s what this series is aiming for “Resilient and Ready: Workshop Series for Hardy Cape Codders”.

The first session on October 1 from 7-9, “Cape Cod Strong: Meeting the Challenges of Coastal Storms, ” features Jeff Donnelley (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) who will focus on what past hurricane strikes can tell us about our current and future risks, highlighting the impacts of historical storms in the region as well as geological evidence of prehistoric hurricane patterns. Greg Berman, Woods Hole Sea Grant/Cape Cod Cooperative Extension, will share practical measures that can protect homeowners, renters, and their families, as well as minimize damage to homes and property from hurricanes, nor’easters, and flooding.  He’ll also cover the pros and cons of various shoreline stabilization techniques to protect upland property. Anne Reynolds, Cape Cod Commission GIS Director, will demonstrate the CCC's Sea Level Rise visualization tool and show some examples of how it can be used by residents to see the potential effects of storm surge and sea level rise on the roads and critical facilities in their towns. Reserve staff will reveal how healthy salt marshes can provide free natural protection from these storms. In addition, there will be an exhibit on sheltering in place and being ready to go to a shelter and how to join a Community Emergency Response Team. Attendees will take home crucial handbooks and resource sheets.

There will be additional sessions on different topics relating to storm readiness and resilience October 8, 15, and 22. The presentations are from 7-9 pm but doors will open at 6:30 for those who wish to view exhibits. Open to all and there is no cost.

We are sorry but registration for this event is now closed.

Please contact us if you would like to know if spaces are still available.

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