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The Maryland Silver Jackets Team first convened in 2010. Its outreach activities include educating residents on the difference between storm surge inundation maps that are part of hurricane evacuation studies and flood insurance rate maps developed for the National Flood Insurance Program. In addition, the team is focused on data sharing, and the Maryland Hazard Mitigation Grant program.
The Maryland Silver Jackets team, working in partnership with the US Army Corps of Engineers, FEMA, and NOAA, developed a short paper for local community officials and residents on the key differences and appropriate uses of Storm Surge Inundation Maps (SSIMs) created as part of a Hurricane Evacuation Study (HES) and Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) developed for the National Flood Insurance Program.
Storms are becoming stronger and more prevalent, and they are wiping out entire coastal communities - and not just along the Gulf Coast. The interagency Maryland Silver Jackets team was able to get a first-of-its-kind workshop funded that brought together state, county, and city floodplain managers; emergency managers; planners; and regulatory specialists to talk about storm surge and coastal flood risk for this Mid-Atlantic state. More than 70 attendees from various agencies participated in this two-day Maryland Coastal Flood Workshop, held March 11 - 12, 2015, in the small Eastern Shore town of Chester.
The Maryland developed an outreach brochure for the Cumberland-Ridgeley levee systems in Maryland and West Virginia, respectively, to distribute to homeowners, business owners and other stakeholders to communicate the associated benefits and risks of the project. Partners include the Corps, FEMA, National Weather Service, Maryland Department of the Environment and the City of Cumberland. This Corps of Engineers project consists of about 1.6 miles of channel improvements along Wills Creek; 1.7 miles of channel improvement along the North Branch Potomac River; levees and floodwalls on the left and right banks of the North Branch Potomac River; three pumping stations; eight pressure conduits; an industrial water-supply dam; reconstruction of a railroad bridge; track relocations; and reconstruction of piers and abutments for three highway bridges.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Baltimore District, Email
Maryland Department of the Environment, Email