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St. Paul MN 55101

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Posted 2/26/2015

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Updated September 2018


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, 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 North Dakota Flood Risk Management Silver Jackets team has been active since 2009 and formally adopted a charter in 2010 (revised April 2014).  The team conducts annual meetings and supplemental meetings as necessary and is co-led by the Corps’ St. Paul and Omaha Districts.  The team participates in regional and national flood risk management planning 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.



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

  • Emergency action plan workshops in Emmons and Mercer counties completed in October 2017.
  • Emergency action plan workshops in Burleigh and La Moure counties completed in February 2018.
  • Mouse (Souris) River Flood Inundation Mapping Project, Phase 1, Burlington to Verendrye, to be completed fall 2018.
  • Mouse (Souris) River Flood Inundation Mapping Project, Phase 2, Verendrye to Manitoba, to be completed September 2019.

The one project shared with Minnesota is:

  • Adjust river gage datum to the North American Vertical Datum of 1988 (NAVD 88) in the Red River Valley, completed in January 2018 with potential follow-on work if funded in fiscal year 2019.


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).


Total federal funds allocated to date:
FY 2011 ‒ FY 2018                                $1,176,000

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