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Kansas Hazard Mitigation Team

The Kansas Hazard Mitigation Team (KHMT), under joint leadership of the state’s Department of Agriculture’s Division of Water Resources and the Kansas Division of Emergency Management, is the long-standing entity managing participation in state-level hazard mitigation. As the KHMT has existed longer than the inception of Silver Jackets and has many of the same objectives, the state has chosen to not stand up a separate “Silver Jackets” group under a different name. The USACE Silver Jackets Coordinators participate on the KHMT. This fact sheet describes Silver Jackets in Kansas. 

 

Index of Web Pages for Kansas Silver Jackets

Trending Web Pages for the KHMT

Recognition

On August 21, 2012, peer state hazard mitigation programs selected the KHMT as the 2011 State Silver Jackets Team of the Year.

Team Activities

UPDATE: The March 7th date is now extended to April 4, 2019 due to the government shut down.

Historic Flood Signs for High Water Marks in Kansas

This project provided 24 free signs for 17 different communities in Kansas by 2019. The signs provide a historic story and picture of flooding in the community and raise awareness on flood risks. The signs remind property owners and developers to diversify their flood risk management actions to be resilient to floods in the area. Partners included the KDA Division of Water Resources (DWR), the Kansas Historical Society, USGS, and NOAA NWS. Participating communities included Arkansas City, Coffeyville, Edwardsville, Florence, Fort Scott, Hays, Junction City, Lawrence, Marion, Natoma, Ottawa, Riley County, Silver Lake, Strong City, Topeka, Wamego, and Washington. DWR's web site hosts additional photos here.

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Nonstructural Assessment for Florence, KS

Kansas City District, in coordination with Tulsa District, established a report on how the city and county may diversify its flood risk solutions behind the Florence Levee. In the report shared in October 2018, a nonstructural assessment provides useful technical information to the city, county, and state hazard mitigation planners. The effort provides flood mitigation solutions for almost 300 buildings. Planners provide insight to guide property owners, possibly elevating to a height above flood elevations, and possibly flood proofing or relocation. The recommendations also will enhance the city's emergency action plan, address critical infrastructure in the leveed area, guide the community in the use of existing NWS and USGS tools, and emphasize the importance of flood insurance for the community's long-term resilience to floods. 

Florence, Kansas Risk Management Options (pdf, 10.2 MB)

Multiple Agencies Collaborate on Wildcat Creek, Kansas

A Silver Jackets pilot project on Wildcat Creek in and near the City of Manhattan, Kansas, demonstrates the advantages of leveraging resources and collaborating on a shared vision for a flood risk management solution. Wildcat Creek had severe flooding in 2007, 2010, and again in June 2011. The 2011 event resulted in the evacuation of over 200 people. Future flooding in the 100 square mile watershed is inevitable and could get worse unless mitigation action occurs. The project established a flood forecast inundation map in a partnership with NOAA National Weather Service, U.S. Geological Survey, and the Kansas Hazard Mitigation Team. The city also was a partner, paying a one time fee for the flood forecast inundation map, but their staff worked hard to establish a floodplain management plan, as well.

In conjunction with the mapping, the pilot products included the first officially adopted Silver Jackets floodplain management plan (FMP) (pdf, 76.87 MB) for managing flood risks. The FMP also has a watershed perspective for the 99-square mile Wildcat Creek. The plan documents the flood risks and committee decisions on managing flood risks while establishing action items for future mitigation efforts. The FMP meets the requirements to be eligible for both USACE construction funds, as well as reduced rates for National Flood Insurance Program premiums through the Community Rating System. The success of this FMP is largely due to engaging the public immediately following the flood event.  

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Emergency Action Plans for Kansas Watershed Joint Districts

This interagency project provides emergency action plans (EAPs) to conservation districts in Kansas that have made requests to the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Kansas, and the Division of Water Resources dam structure program for assistance in completing the plans.  These EAPs serve to reduce risk by providing actions and information to dam operators in the case of an emergency, including calling-trees, warning messages, and evacuation routes.  USACE is providing technical expertise to complete these badly needed EAPs.  The dam operators will be engaged in the process and will implement these plans to help Kansas drive down flood risks.  Be ten and twenty dam sites will receive assistance, and the work is shared between areas of responsibility in USACE's Kansas City District and Tulsa Disctrict. 

EAPs for KS poster for USACE Flood Risk Management Conference (pdf, 529 KB)

Meeting Minutes

Below are meeting records for the KHMT. For more specific meetings or subcommittees contact KDEM or KDA DWR.

September 2017

December 2017

March 2018

May 2018

September 2018

December 2018

For More Information Contact

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Kansas City District, Email, 816-389-3337.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Tulsa District, 918-669-7022.

State

Kansas Event Calendar

Corps of Engineers and KHMT

Several relevant U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Civil Works programs overlap with the Kansas Hazard Mitigation Team, or KHMT.

Silver Jackets. This is the USACE Civil Works program enabling participation in the KHMT. Some of the states use the name Silver Jackets, however, many of the teams have existed longer than the inception of Silver Jackets around 2009. The Lead Silver Jackets Coordinator for Kansas directly participates on the KHMT, representing all the USACE districts within the state at the team’s regular meetings. Each district also has a Silver Jacket Coordinator. The lead coordinator provides regular status updates, available on request. The status updates provide detail information on active USACE projects and programs, including specific project information that is useful during the FEMA Risk MAP Discovery Phases. The Silver Jackets Coordinators will participate in the FEMA Risk MAP Resiliency Meeting.

Levee Safety Program. The KHMT gets periodic updates on this USACE Civil Works program. Note the USACE is not responsible for all levees in the Nation, and the Kansas Department of Agriculture, Division of Water Resources already has an active levee program. The USACE Levee Safety Program activities have complemented KHMT work and have included establishing a National Levee Database, inspecting levees, communicating risks, taking steps to reduce risks, and establishing a levee safety portfolio internally at USACE for prioritizing levee work.

Dam Safety Program. This USACE program complements the Kansas Department of Agriculture, Division of Water Resources work with state dams. The USACE Dam Safety Program focuses on the large reservoirs, many of which are multipurpose. Reservoirs act together with levees and other infrastructure to reduce impacts of floods, and the reservoirs may also maintain flows for navigation downstream. The program is a little older than the program on levee safety and also has a risk portfolio for prioritizing dam work.

Emergency Management. This USACE Civil Works program addresses flood fighting and the rehabilitation of damaged infrastructure, such as levees or dams. In addition, major disasters and emergencies are also coordinated through this program.

Missouri River Basin Water Management. The flows of the Missouri River are managed by the USACE Northwestern Division. Eight authorized purposes must be addressed, including flood risk management. Flows from the Kansas River are part of the Missouri River Basin, and the Kansas City District Water Management handles this. In southern Kansas, the Tulsa District does water control for Arkansas River as part of the USACE Southwestern Division. The Water Management staff manages the following reservoirs: Big Hill, Council Grove, El Dorado, Elk City, Fall River, John Redmond, Marion, and Toronto lake projects.

Flood Risk Management Projects. The USACE Civil Works program has planning studies, projects under design phase, and some in construction in the State of Kansas. Those in the Arkansas River Basin are managed by the Tulsa District. Those in the Kansas River Basin are part of the Kansas City District.

Floodplain Management Services. The USACE offers assistance in questions about floodplains through the "Flood Plain Management Services Program." For those in the Arkansas River Basin, contact the Tulsa District at 918-669-7196. Those in the Kansas River Basin need to contact the Kansas City District program manager at 816-389-2365.

Participating Agencies

Federal

State

  • Adjutant General Department
  • Kansas Department of Agriculture
  • Kansas Department of Commerce and Housing
  • Kansas Department of Health and Environment
  • Kansas Department of Transportation
  • Kansas Legislative Research Department
  • Kansas Historical Society
  • Kansas Water Office
  • Kansas Wildlife and Parks
  • Kansas Biological Survey
  • Kansas Corporation Commission
  • Kansas Department of Administration
  • Kansas Department of Education
  • Kansas Department of Human Resources
  • Kansas Department on Aging
  • Kansas Forest Service
  • Kansas Geological Survey
  • Kansas Highway Patrol
  • Kansas Insurance Department
  • Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office
  • State Conservation Commission

Private parties or non-governmental organizations text

Related Links

Past Documents and Presentations Used with the Team

Many presentations, papers, and other products have been provided for the Kansas Hazard Mitigation Team, as listed below:

Useful Information