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Silver Jackets Teams

Silver Jackets teams are developed and led at the state level with the support of federal partners. At a minimum, each state team includes the state National Flood Insurance Program coordinator, the State Hazard Mitigation Officer, a representative from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and a representative from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The state has the leadership role and may opt to utilize an existing team or create a new team.  As lead, the state may invite additional participation, governmental and non-governmental, to advance the state goals in flood risk management. Additional federal agency engagement may include any or all of the following:

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture - Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
  • U.S. Department of Commerce - Economic Development Administration (EDA)
  • U.S. Department of Commerce - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - Coastal Services Center
  • U.S. Department of Commerce - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - Coastal Zone Management Program
  • U.S. Department of Commerce - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - National Weather Service (NWS)
  • U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
  • U.S. Department of Energy - Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
  • U.S. Department of the Interior - Bureau of Reclamation (USBR)
  • U.S. Department of the Interior - Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
  • U.S. Department of the Interior - Geological Survey (USGS)
  • U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)

State agencies beyond those housing the state National Flood Insurance Program coordinator and the State Hazard Mitigation Officer may participate, including those with jurisdiction over environmental protection, natural resources, economic development, and land use. Consistent with the state priorities, local, Tribal and non-governmental representatives may also participate.

Resources for activities associated with the team come through the individual programs of each agency within the constraints of available budgets.

Resources for Interagency Teamwork

Advice from Successful Teams

Start with small, achievable goals and talk about what the team is doing — people like being part of a successful team. Teams need short-term successes especially in the initial stages. Set attainable goals, build on what is working and take do-able 'bites' upfront. – Indiana

Take advantage of the opportunity to piggyback onto other flood risk management teams, events, or activities, rather than starting from scratch. To make the most of your time together, monthly webinars are an excellent way to keep in touch; keep the meetings short; and schedule well in advance so team members can reserve the dates. – Pennsylvania

In states with an active, established hazard mitigation team, there is no need to try to reinvent the wheel and duplicate effort. The objective of Silver Jackets is to build a collaborative intergovernmental team to address the state's priorities; that structure may already be in place. – Wisconsin 

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