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Kansas Hazard Mitigation Team

The Kansas Hazard Mitigation Team (KHMT), under the joint leadership of the Kansas Department of Agriculture - Division of Water Resources and the Kansas Division of Emergency Management, is the longstanding entity managing state hazard mitigation and functions as the state Silver Jackets team. 

The KHMT Charter identifies the following purpose: To assess hazard mitigation needs, develop and implement statewide hazard mitigation policies, promote coordination of mitigation programs at all levels of government, and pursue alternate mitigation funding strategies.

The Silver Jackets efforts will support flood mitigation actions and the goals in the state hazard mitigation plan: 

  • Minimize the vulnerability of the people, property, environment, and economy of Kansas and its communities to the impacts of natural and manmade hazards
  • Build the mitigation capabilities of local governments throughout Kansas in establishing and implementing effective mitigation plans, policies, and programs
  • Promote a state policy framework for effective hazard mitigation programming in the state
  • Improve education and training in hazard mitigation and related programs for government officials, businesses, and the public.

Priority New Recent Success FMPs Mapping Levees EAPs

Team Activities

Risk Outreach & Communication in Kansas (ROCK)

  • One of the interagency team projects, called the Risk Outreach & Communication in KS (ROCK) project, has developed 4 signs for levee sponsors and leveed communities to choose from in communicating the benefits of their levee and how to sustain it. The Topeka, KS levee sponsor received four signs on March 7, 2022, the first day of Flood Safety Awareness Week.

Four signs used for ROCK project regarding levees.

  • Flood awareness achieved through signs and other tools are part of the new ROCK project. USACE Kanas City District has teamed up with KDA Division of Water Resources and NOAA National Weather Service and produced Turn Around Don't Drown signs (supporting NOAA NWS program). Learn more about dangerous low water crossings on roads and steps to take to be safe here.

Flood Safety Awareness Week

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly proclaims March 7-11, 2022 as Flood Safety Awareness Week..

Image of Governor Laura Kelly's flood proclamation (2022)

Kansas Flood Forecast Inundation Maps (FFIM)

Revised flood forecast inundation maps (FFIM) for the Missouri River downstream from west Kansas City to Leavenworth, KS combine the National Weather Service’s  forecast stages with levee heights. The inundation mapping combines inundation map books with forecasting and flood warning, and are offered as a way besides flood insurance rate maps to convey flood risk areas. The Kansas Hazard Mitigation Team requested the assistance of federal Silver Jackets  partners to develop FFIM for several communities in Kansas.

Kansas and Missouri Teams Receive Innovation Connection Award

The Federal Executive Board in Kansas City recognized the Silver Jackets projects that provide multiple flood forecast inundation maps with a trophy on August 8, 2017. The recognition was made on account of the innovative partnering combining the technical services of the NWS, USACE, and USGS with the state hazard mitigation teams.  

Third Place Innovation Connection Trophy Awarded to Kansas & Missouri Silver Jackets Teams:

                    Photo of Innovation Connection Trophy

On August 21, 2012, peer state hazard mitigation programs selected the KHMT as the 2011 State Silver Jackets Team of the Year.

For More Information Contact

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Kansas City District, Email, 816-389-3337.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Tulsa District, 918-669-7330.

Kansas Event Calendar
2022              
JUN 7

Kansas Hazard Mitigation Team, location TBA

SEP 16

Kansas Hazard Mitigation Team meeting, location TBA

Participating Agencies

Federal

State

  • Kansas Adjutant General's Department
  • Kansas Biological Survey
  • Kansas Corporation Commission
  • Kansas Department of Administration
  • Kansas Department of Aging
  • Kansas Department of Agriculture
  • Kansas Department of Commerce and Housing
  • Kansas Department of Education
  • Kansas Department of Health and Environment
  • Kansas Department of Human Resources
  • Kansas Department of Transportation
  • Kansas Forest Service
  • Kansas Geological Survey
  • Kansas Highway Patrol
  • Kansas Historical Society
  • Kansas Insurance Department
  • Kansas Legislative Research Department
  • Kansas State Fire Marshal's Office
  • Kansas Water Office (Current Vice-Chair)
  • Kansas Wildlife and Parks

Others

Useful Federal Partners' Tools

Related Links

Useful Information

2021 FEMA Region 7 CRS Symposium

Silver Jackets