Information about Bridgewater's hazard mitigation planning process will be shared Tuesday, March 11 at a town hall meeting starting at 6 p.m.

Residents and business owners who are unable to attend the meeting may send comments to the Housatonic Valley Council of Elected Officials.

Tropical Storm Irene, October snowstorm Alfred, and Hurricane Sandy are recent events that caused severe damage and resulted in federal disaster declarations.

At issue are flooding, heavy snow, wind, and downed power lines cause damage to property, disrupt daily routines, close schools and businesses, and jeopardize the health and safety of the citizens of Bridgewater.

On the agenda will be what could be done to minimize ulnerabilities to natural hazards.

The town is developing a hazard mitigation plan to identify activities to be undertaken before natural hazards occur in order to minimize property damage, risk of life, and costs shared by everyone.

The plan will discuss the occurrence and consequences of floods, winter storms, tornadoes, hurricanes and tropical storms, wildfires, earthquakes, and dam failure.

For more information, call the Bridgewater first selectman's office at 860-354-2731.