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South Carolina Silver Jackets

The vision of the South Carolina Silver Jackets Team is to increase coordination and efficiency between state and federal governmental agencies in developing comprehensive and sustainable solutions to flood and coastal risk management in the State of South Carolina and serve as a catalyst in developing comprehensive and sustainable solutions to flood hazard issues, including mitigation planning, flood hazard mapping, risk reduction activities, and response and recovery planning.

Our Mission Statement: 

  • The core agencies will establish an inter-agency team to communicate and work with other state and federal agencies to:
  • Enable the effective and efficient sharing of data and information,
  • Foster the leveraging of available agency resources,
  • Provide improved services to our mutual customers, and
  • Promote wise stewardship of the taxpayers' investment.

Team Activities

South Carolina Hurricane Evacuation Study - Critical Transportation Needs Study

To further get a handle on Critical Transportation Needs (CTN), data from multiple sources were collected to develop an estimation of the numbers and general locations of citizens within coastal SC in need of transportation assistance during an evacuation. Information was gathered from a telephone screening survey of 3,000 households, U. S. Census, and South Carolina Emergency Management Agency (SCEMA) evacuation zone spatial data. The U. S. Census Bureau data was used to estimate the size and general location of populations that are more likely to require transportation assistance including persons with income, those age 65 or older, disabled persons, and households without private vehicles.

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Lynchburg SC Flood Elevation Determination

Under the Silver Jackets Program, the Charleston District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in conjunction with South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) Flood Mitigation Program and South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT), estimated the flood elevation of the Lynches River in the Back Swamp Community. A low income community on Back Swamp Rd south of Lynchburg SC is located in a Zone A without BFE due to Lynches River floodplain. These property owners cannot make any modifications to their structures, build or rebuild structures until they have a base flood elevation. The state Flood Mitigation Manager indicated the river has an approximate model in which flood elevations could be determined and used as "best available data" for this community. The information will help reduce risk by the county use in permitting construction to build, modify or rebuild structures in the floodplain. The GIS layer of flood elevations provided to the county, used in conjunction with their property tax information allows the county to better permit construction within the floodplain. Knowledge of the structures within the floodplain and the estimated flood elevation is beneficial to emergency management officials for notification of evacuation and in emergency response.

For More Information Contact

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Charleston District, Email, 843-329-8150

Participating Agencies

Federal

  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) 
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration / Office for Coastal Management (NOAA-OCM)
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration / National Weather Service (NWS)
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • United State Geological Survey (USGS)

State

  • South Carolina Department of Natural Resources 
  • South Carolina Emergency Management Division
  • South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control - Dam Safety
  • South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control - Ocean & Coastal Resource Management
  • South Carolina Department of Transportation