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.