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Posted 2/26/2015

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Updated March 2018


Location/Description

Silver Jackets teams are collaborative, state-led interagency teams, continuously working together to reduce flood risk at the state level.  Through the Silver Jackets program, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), additional federal, state and sometimes local and tribal agencies provide a unified approach to addressing a state’s priorities.  Often, no single agency has the complete solution, but each may have one or more pieces to contribute.

The Minnesota Silver Jackets team has been active since 2009.  It formally adopted a charter in 2011 and considers itself to be an all-hazards team.  The team conducts monthly meetings and supplemental meetings as necessary.  The team participates in regional and national flood risk management planning events.  Team actions have also been instrumental in successful support of response to and recovery from recent flood events.

The primary goals of the Silver Jackets program are to:
·      Facilitate strategic lifecycle flood risk reduction;
·      Create or supplement a continuous mechanism to collaboratively solve state-prioritized issues and implement or recommend those solutions;
·      Improve processes, identifying and resolving gaps and counteractive programs;
·      Leverage and optimize resources;
·      Improve and increase flood risk communication and present a unified interagency message; and
·      Establish close relationships to facilitate integrated post-disaster recovery solutions. 

Status

The Minnesota Silver Jackets team currently has two interagency projects in Minnesota and one shared with North Dakota in the Red River of the North Basin.  

The two Minnesota projects include:
·      Mississippi River at St. Paul high water-mark signs, floodplain interpretive public displays, and a brochure on floodplain information, fall 2018
·      Itasca County Emergency Action Plan Workshop, spring 2018.

The one shared with North Dakota:
·      Adjusted river gage datum to the North American Vertical Datum of 1988 (NAVD 88) in the Red River Valley, completed 34 gages in fall 2017 with available funding.  There is the interest to do more if funded.

Other activities include updates of the Minnesota all-hazard mitigation plan and support of FEMA RiskMAP flood hazard mapping meetings.

Authority

The Silver Jackets team is a national coordination program activity funded by various authorities:  Section 206 of the Flood Control Act of 1960; Section 22 of the  Water Resources Development Act of 1974; and the Flood Control Act of 1955 (PL 84‒99).

Fiscal

The following is a summary of the funds received for the Minnesota Silver Jackets interagency projects:

Total federal funds allocated:
FY 2012 ‒ FY 2017                             $708,000
FY 2018                                              $  63,000

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