Georgia Silver Jackets
The Georgia Silver Jackets team brings together individuals from different agencies and groups to facilitate collaboration, share information, and leverage resources to identify and implement solutions to reduce flood risks. In addition to the Army Corps of Engineers, the Georgia Silver Jackets Team currently includes staff from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Weather Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and U.S. Geological Survey. The Georgia Silver Jackets team provides 'one-stop' for communities to obtain information about State and Federal programs, policies, and regulations.
The mission of the team is to:
- Facilitate strategic, integrated life-cycle mitigation actions to reduce the threat, vulnerability, and consequences of flooding in the State of Georgia;
- Create or supplement a mechanism to collaboratively solve issues and implement or recommend solutions;
- Identify and implement ways to leverage available resources and information among agencies;
- Increase and improve flood risk communication and outreach;
- Inform the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers District Commander and state-level agency directors during response and recovery activities; and
- Integrate mitigation into recovery actions.
Flood Inundation Mapping & Community Outreach
The Georgia Silver Jackets team has created multiple partnerships with communities to prepare libraries of flood inundation maps. The detailed maps show the predicted area and depth of flooding in near real-time at selected sites with forecast point gages. These maps use high-resolution digital elevation data, including LiDAR, and hydrodynamic modeling. The composite of flood maps are displayed on an interactive viewer on the NWS Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service website for all to see.
Floodplain Vulnerability Analysis
The Georgia Silver Jackets Team is assisting Augusta/Richmond County, GA in reducing the risk of loss of life and damages to property along the Rocky Creek within the Hyde Park and Aragon Park subdivisions. The analysis provides information about properties vulnerable to flooding.
Risk Communication & the Macon Levee Flood Risk Management Project
The Macon levee system protects 2,900 acres of the City of Macon consisting of commercial, industrial, municipal, and agricultural properties. The area protected is flat and poorly drained. This project is an opportunity to enhance communications, collaboration, and relationships among the different federal, state, city, and county agencies regarding flood risk reduction. It will also provide an opportunity to develop a process for each agency to share their data and information and provide resources in their area of expertise.