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Ohio Silver Jackets

The Ohio Silver Jackets Team is an interagency team dedicated to creating a collaborative environment to bring together Federal, State, local, and other stakeholders to develop and implement solutions to natural hazards and mitigation by combining available agency resources, which include funding, programs, and technical expertise. The Ohio Silver Jackets Team was the first state team in the Silver Jackets program. A team charter was signed in May 2005.

The name Silver Jackets is symbolic and meant to symbolize unified State and Federal action. The national program provides a formal and consistent strategy for an interagency approach to planning and implementing measures to reduce the risks associated with flooding and other natural hazards. The intent of the Silver Jackets program is to bring agencies together to manage a state’s flood risk throughout the life-cycle.

Vision

  • Be proactive in creating solutions to reduce damages from flooding and other natural hazards by collaborating with local communities and other stakeholders  
  • Increase awareness and knowledge of the risks associated with natural hazards and support communities in developing plans and projects to manage living with these risks
  • Strive to maximize the taxpayers' investment by approaching this collectively in order to combine programs and resources resulting in more complete solutions
  • Advocate change to existing policies and processes that will improve mitigation efforts and emergency response between agencies

Goals

  • Increase team members knowledge of interagency mitigation programs and authorities in order to combine resources and identify gaps
  • Provide hazard mitigation assistance to high priority communities
  • Coordinate team efforts into the updates of the Hazard Mitigation Plan
  • Define a process for interagency communication and roles
  • Improve upon response processes
  • Develop relationship in order to share information and find answers to issues more quickly
  • Involve the public to increase awareness of the importance of mitigation

Top Three Priorities

  1. Support the State Hazard Mitigation Plan objectives and updates
  2. Flood Risk Awareness Efforts
  3. Implementation of projects funded through the Silver Jackets Initiative

 

 

 

Activities

Upper Ohio-Shade Regional Nonstructural Workshop

The Upper Ohio-Shade Watershed Regional Nonstructural Workshop project was selected for funding in fiscal year 2016. The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Risk Mapping, Assessment, and Planning Discovery Process has not been deployed for this watershed as the timeline between Ohio and West Virginia has not aligned. Four nonstructural workshops (two in each state) were held to achieve flood risk reduction and awareness. These workshops incorporated an overview of flood risks to impacted communities, benefits of proper floodplain management, education about effective nonstructural flood risk management measures, and explanation of mitigation opportunities and available funding sources. Final reporting and documentation is currently being prepared.

Ohio Workshop Stakeholder Presentations

West Virginia Stakeholder Presentations

Multimedia Outreach

The Multimedia Outreach project was selected for funding in fiscal year 2016. The project will develop video(s) for distribution to bring awareness to the general public, as well as, local officials regarding flood risk management and the positive impacts of nonstructural mitigation. The Ohio Silver Jackets team is currently developing a storyboard for the proposed videos. Videos will be created for targeted audiences and will highlight the life cycle approach to flood risk management.  These videos will be distributed and placed on partner websites, YouTube, social media, and presented at a future Ohio State Floodplain Managers Conference.

Mahoning Nonstructural FRM Informational Meeting and Media Product

The Mahoning County Nonstructural FRM Informational meeting and media project was selected for funding in fiscal year 2016. The Ohio Silver Jackets team held an informational meeting to present Federal and State programs that may be of assistance to the township.  The meeting was recorded and a video will be prepared and distributed to raise flood risk awareness.  Ohio Silver Jackets team members and a representative from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nonstructural Floodproofing Committee presented at the flood risk management informational meeting.  Final reporting and documentation is currently being prepared.  Presentations and materials can be found at http://www.lrp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Silver-Jackets-Program/.

Loss Avoidance Study

The Loss Avoidance Study was selected for funding in fiscal year 2016. The Ohio Silver Jackets team is conducting a Loss Avoidance Study for selected locations in Ohio. The study will assess the performance of implemented mitigation projects. Quantifying actual losses avoided (state currently has estimates only), would create awareness of the success of completed mitigation projects and help garner support for future mitigation projects. Ohio Emergency Management Agency (Ohio EMA) has completed Phase 1, Initial Project Selection. Ohio EMA has identified the Village of Ottawa and City of Findlay as the study areas and has collected required data components for Phase 1. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and Ohio EMA are working together on Phase 2, Physical Parameter Analysis, which quantifies impacts of a flooding event.  USACE will complete Phase 3, Loss Estimation Analysis, to assess if losses were avoided. The project is scheduled for completion December 2016.

Marion County Floodplain Mapping

The Marion County flood study was selected for Funding in fiscal year 2015. The Ohio Silver Jackets team is conducting a flood study along the Scioto River through Marion County, Ohio. Bridge and culvert information needed for model development was provided by Marion County and the Ohio Department of Transportation. The U.S. Geological Survey shared their recently approved hydraulic and hydrology model for the Village of La Rue. This model is being incorporated into the study. Ohio Emergency Management Agency worked with Marion County Commissioners, the key Villages of La Rue, Prospect, and Green Camp to sign a resolution to adopt the results of this study as best available data until the physical map revision is completed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers modeling is scheduled for completion by September 2016.

HAZUS Level 2 Analysis

The HAZUS Level 2 Analysis proposal was selected for funding in July 2014. The flood analysis is for 25 counties in Ohio. The Huntington, Buffalo, and Louisville Districts are assisting with conducting the HAZUS Level 2 runs and OEMA is providing data such as parcel information. The results of the HAZUS Level 2 Analysis will be incorporated into the state and corresponding local Hazard Mitigation Plans and Local Emergency Operation Plans. The results would also assist state and local officials to prioritize proposed mitigation activities.

For More Information Contact

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Huntington District, Email, 304-399-5947 / 304-399-5817

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