Effective and continuous collaboration between state and federal agencies is critical to successfully reducing the risk of flooding and other natural disasters in the United States and enhancing response and recovery efforts when such events do occur. No single agency has all the answers, but often multiple programs can be leveraged to provide a cohesive solution.
The Silver Jackets is an innovative program that provides an opportunity to consistently bring together multiple state, federal, and sometimes tribal and local agencies to learn from one another and apply their knowledge to reduce risk. State agencies, including those of the State Hazard Mitigation Officer and State NFIP Coordinator, come together with the Federal family of agencies, including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in a common forum to address the state's flood risk management priorities. Silver Jacket programs are developed at the state level. There are currently 43 active state teams and 7 states developing teams; the ultimate goal is to offer an interagency team in every state.
The program's primary goals are to:
- Create or supplement a mechanism to collaboratively identify, prioritize, and address risk management issues and implement solutions
- Increase and improve risk communication through a unified interagency effort
- Leverage information and resources and provide access to such national programs as FEMA's Risk Mapping, Assessment, and Planning (Risk MAP) program and USACE's Levee Inventory and Assessment Initiative
- Provide focused, coordinated hazard mitigation assistance in implementing high-priority actions such as those identified by state mitigation plans
- Identify gaps among agency programs and/or barriers to implementation, such as conflicting agency policies or authorities, and provide recommendations for addressing these issues.
Why the name Silver Jackets? Traditionally, different agencies wear different colored jackets when responding to emergencies. For example, FEMA personnel wear blue and USACE personnel wear red. The name Silver Jackets is used to underscore the common mission of the diverse agencies involved.
2013 Silver Jackets Webinar Week
Silver Jackets Newsletter
- August 2014 (pdf, 295 KB)
- July 2014 (pdf, 1.19 MB)
- April 2014 (pdf, 714 KB)
- January 2014 (pdf, 765 KB)
- October 2013 (pdf, 1.12 MB)
- July 2013 (pdf, 879 KB)
- April 2013 (pdf, 836 KB)
- January 2013 (pdf, 1.02 MB)
- October 2012 (pdf, 1.35 MB)
- July 2012 (pdf, 1.68 MB)
- April 2012 (pdf, 1.68 MB)
- January 2012 (pdf, 2.09 MB)
- October 2011 (pdf, 2.37 MB)
- July 2011 (pdf, 1.36 MB)
- April 2011 (pdf, 1.51 MB)
- January 2011 (pdf, 2.60 MB)
- September 2010 (pdf, 1.89 MB)
- March 2010 (pdf, 1.6 MB)
A Special Edition of the Silver Jackets Newsletter (August 2014) has been prepared to provide a reference of federal agency programs, resources, and training opportunities that interagency Silver Jackets teams can leverage to achieve their flood risk management goals. This consolidated information will be useful and could serve as a catalyst to increase coordination and collaboration among state and federal agencies.
2014 Webinars Supporting Flood Risk Management
- Mobile Information Collection Application (MICA) System - May 2014
Revised 18 September 2014
The District of Columbia Silver Jackets Team celebrating the commencement of its interagency MOU at the June 11, 2014 meeting at NCPC
District of Columbia, the 43rd Team to Join the National Silver Jackets Program
The District of Columbia recently formalized its Silver Jackets Team through an interagency Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by 10 federal and District agencies. However, the full team extends well beyond these agencies. District government agencies include the: Department of the Environment (DDOE), Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, Office of Planning, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice, Department of Public Works, Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, Department of Transportation, and Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking. Federal agencies include representatives from USACE, FEMA, NPS, NOAA-NWS, USGS, US Army, US Navy, GSA, EPA, and the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC). Participating regional organizations include DC Water and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, and academic organizations include University of the District of Columbia, University of Maryland, and George Mason University.
The vision statement of the DC Silver Jackets Team is to "establish and strengthen federal and District intergovernmental partnerships as a catalyst in developing and implementing comprehensive, resilient, and sustainable solutions to the District's flood hazard challenges." The DC team's main goals are to ensure continuous collaboration before, during, and after a disaster; identify and quantify flood risk; and provide a forum for exploring and examining methods to mitigate flood risk, including non-structural and structural solutions.
The DC Silver Jackets Team has established four task groups: Flood Inundation Mapping, Flood Emergency Planning, Levee Certification and Accreditation, and Communication. Each task group has respective responsibilities that will aid in fulfilling the team's mission and goals.