Indiana Silver Jackets Team Recognized as 2017 Silver Jackets State Team of the Year
The 2017 Silver Jackets State Team of the Year was awarded to the Indiana Silver Jackets team during the 2018 Interagency Flood Risk Management Community of Practice Training Seminars in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Indiana team was selected by their peers, a process where all Silver Jackets team cast votes for a deserving team.
The award recognizes the Indiana team’s work over the past 11 years, bringing together Federal and state governmental representatives, academics and non-profits to improve flood risk management within the State of Indiana. Team-led efforts include a study to examine fluvial erosion hazards, a project to identify areas susceptible to stream bank erosion, and partnering with Indiana University/ Purdue University of Indianapolis to use LiDAR data and GIS technology to identify non-levee embankments along streams. Additionally, the team developed Flood Inundation Map (FIM) libraries at over 40 sites in the state accompanied by team-sponsored workshops for citizens and local governmental representatives to assist with understanding how to use the maps and interpret the data.
Team leaders Brandon Brummett, US Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District and Manuela Johnson, Indiana Department of Homeland Security accepted the award and offered insights about the team’s success. They emphasized the importance of setting ground rules for team interactions, encouraging outside of the box thinking, and creating the opportunity for all team members to contribute according to their unique skills and resources.