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What is silver jackets?

About the Silver Jackets Program

State-led Silver Jackets teams exist in all states and several territories, bringing together multiple state, federal, and sometimes tribal and local agencies to learn from one another in reducing risk from floods and sometimes other natural disasters. By applying their shared knowledge, the teams enhance preparedness, mitigation, and response and recovery efforts when such events do occur.

Although each state Silver Jackets team is unique, common agency participants include state agencies with mission areas of hazard mitigation, emergency management, floodplain management, natural resources management or conservation, etc. Federal participation typically includes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Federal Emergency Management Agency and often the National Weather Service, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as others.  Resources for team activities come through the individual programs of each agency, within the constraints of available budgets.

No single agency has all the answers, but leveraging multiple programs and perspectives can provide a cohesive solution.

why the name "silver jackets"?

Traditionally, different agencies wear different colored jackets when responding to emergencies. For example, FEMA personnel wear blue and USACE personnel wear red. The name Silver Jackets is used to underscore the common mission of a single team of diverse agencies working together to reduce flood risk at the state level.

silver jackets program goals
  • Facilitate strategic life-cycle flood risk reduction.
  • Create or supplement a continuous mechanism to collaboratively solve state-prioritized issues and implement or recommend those solutions.
  • Improve processes, identifying and resolving gaps and counteractive programs.
  • Leverage and optimize resources.
  • Improve and increase flood risk communication and present a unified interagency message.
  • Establish close relationships to facilitate integrated post-disaster recovery solutions.

Contact the National Silver Jackets Program Manager for general information about Silver Jackets.

“Silver Jackets allows the State and Federal partners to work seamlessly...and anticipate needs during disaster events. The Silver Jackets program maximizes the funding available... and allows the team members to work together in a synergistic manner, tapping into one another's needs and capabilities, thus creating...services that otherwise would not be available. The program allows the partner agencies to look ahead and identify potential challenges and identify solutions to address those challenges before they happen.” - Manuela Johnson, Indiana Department of Homeland Security

state teams

Map of Silver Jackets state teams

Green states maintain active intergovernmental Flood Risk Management teams.

Yellow states signify ongoing efforts to develop a team.

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