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Posted 2/27/2015

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Updated September 2017

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. Wisconsin has participated in Silver Jackets flood risk management activities since 2009. The team convenes as the Wisconsin Hazard Mitigation Team, and conducts annual meetings and supplemental meetings as necessary. The team participates in regional and national flood risk management planning events.

The primary goals of the Silver Jackets program are to:

• Facilitate strategic life-cycle 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 team charter was completed and executed in January 2016.  All team activities are coordinated with the Corps’ Detroit and Rock Island Districts.  The Wisconsin Hazard Mitigation Team currently has one active interagency project:

  • Floodplain Structure Inventory and Mitigation Plan Study for the Wisconsin River corridor in Columbia County was completed in winter 2016.  The sponsor and local representatives have identified follow-on work, which should be completed in fall 2017, subject to available funding.
The Silver Jackets team is a national coordination program activity funded by various authorities. Section 206, 1960 Flood Control Act; Section 22, WRDA 1974; and the Flood Control Act of 1955 (PL 84-99).

The following is a summary of the funds received for the Wisconsin Hazard Mitigation Team pilot projects.

Total Federal funds allocated:

FY 2013:  $28,000
FY 2014:  $25,000
FY 2015: $100,000
FY 2016:      $0
FY 2017:      $0

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