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Alaska Silver Jackets

The Alaska Silver Jackets team intends to 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 in the State of Alaska. The team will:

  • Promote smart and environmentally sound floodplain management activities.
  • Increase and improve flood risk communication and outreach among local, tribal, state, and federal agencies.
  • Provide assistance in identifying and prioritizing actions to reduce the threat, vulnerability, and consequences of flooding in the State of Alaska.
  • Facilitate strategic planning and implementation of life-cycle mitigation, response and recovery actions to reduce the threat, vulnerability, and consequences of flooding in the State of Alaska.
  • Create or supplement a process or processes to collaboratively identify floodplain management issues and implement or recommend solutions.
  • Identify and implement ways to leverage available resource and information between agencies.
  • Increase and improve flood risk communication and outreach.
  • Promote wise stewardship of the taxpayers' investments.
  • Develop more comprehensive state flood risk management policies and strategies.
  • Develop advanced hydrologic predictive services to reduce loss of life and property damage from flooding.
Team Activities

Y-K Delta Flood Planning Hazard and Assessment

The Alaska District along with USFWS, Alaska Geospatial Council, Alaska DCRA and the Calista Corporation plans to conduct outreach efforts to support using the National Wetlands Inventory geodatabase in the City of Bethel, Village of Aniak, and the Native Village of Napaimute of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

Much of Alaska lacks geospatial datasets commonly used for planning and communities and resource managers struggle to adequately plan for, and predict, flood events. This project will include educational outreach for interpreting the data and applying it to planning activities, including at least one webinar and two on-site meetings for community planning departments and other designees who support or prepare local HMPs and other comprehensive plans.