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Updated September 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, 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 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 Wisconsin 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 completed and two new interagency projects in 2018.

  • Floodplain Structure Inventory and Mitigation Plan Study for the Wisconsin River corridor in Columbia County was completed in winter 2016. Follow-on work was completed in December 2017 with available funding.
  • Emergency action plan workshops will be completed for Ashland County and Oneida/Green Bay in July 2018 and Lac Courte Oreilles/Sawyer County and Jefferson County in September 2018.
  • Baraboo River near Baraboo flood inundation mapping will be completed in the spring of 2019.

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 Wisconsin Hazard Mitigation Team interagency projects.

Total federal funds allocated to date:

FY 2013 ‒ FY 2018                                   $303,000

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