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Kansas Hazard Mitigation Team

The Kansas Hazard Mitigation Team (KHMT), under joint leadership of the state's Department of Agriculture's Division of Water Resources and the Kansas Division of Emergency Management, is the long-standing entity managing participation in state-level hazard mitigation. As the KHMT has existed longer than the inception of Silver Jackets and has many of the same objectives, the state has chosen to not stand up a separate "Silver Jackets" group under a different name. The USACE Silver Jackets Coordinators participate on the KHMT. This fact sheet describes Silver Jackets in Kansas.

USACE and Federal Partners Regional Map

Dynamic regional map, showing federal agency overlapping areas of responsibilities.

Index of Web Pages for Kansas Silver Jackets

Kansas Silver Jackets web pages

Trending Web Pages for the KHMT

 

Priority New Recent Success FMPs Mapping Levees EAPs

Team Activities
  • KDA DWR, KDEM, and USACE held a Levee Listening Session for the Risk Outreach & Communication in KS project on April 13th and collected ideas on possible signage that explains any levee's benefits to the public in some KS communities.
  • Flood awareness achieved through signs and other tools are part of the new ROCK project. Learn more about dangerous low water crossings on roads and steps to take to be safe here.
  • USACE Headquarters selected 3 new projects. (see New Projects)
    • Ottawa Flood Forecast Inundation Mapping for a portion of the Marais Des Cygnes River
    • Risk Outreach and Communication in Kansas (ROCK)
    • Kansas Healthy Watersheds
  • Kansas Governor Laura Kelly proclaims March 1-5, 2021 as Flood Safety Awareness Week.

    Proclamation image.

    Revised flood forecast inundation maps (FFIMs) for Missouri River downstream of Leavenworth, KS flood warning tool. The FFIMs combine NWS forecast stages with levee heights. 
  • In Ottawa, KS: This 2-minute video explains the process of flood risk management planning process.

Screenshot of a video on flood risk management plans

Recurring Flood Area Identification and Outreach

KDA Division of Water Resource established Flood Report as a shared database and web mapping tool for flood hazard locations. As of March 5, 2019, communities had identified 184 sites, since the web site went online March 21, 2018. The project incentivized identifying sites by offering free bringing NOAA National Weather Service Turn Around Don't Drown signs. The team provided 186 signs to 10 communities.

Flood Report helps the state in several ways. The database is useful to NOAA NWS for enhancing flood forecasts for areas sensitive to flood hazards. For areas with flash flooding, this could prevent loss of life. Data stored includes flood information, weather, climate, river forecasting, and emergency contacts lists. At USACE, the Silver Jackets Coordinators and Floodplain Management Service program managers can use the database to better understand where to provide technical assistance to communities. The results will strengthen the state hazard mitigation planning efforts and help prioritize future flood mitigation actions.

The project has been a partnership between the KDA Division of Water Resources, the NOAA National Weather Service, USACE, and FEMA's Community Engagement and Risk Communication initiative, and other agencies.

Communities that entered flood hazard data in the DWR web tool received multiple TADD signs for each location. Most road overtopping locations received two signs. One for each direction.

DWR and the Kansas Hazard Mitigation Team will continue to host Flood Report on the web for the foreseeable future. Communities have multiple options for how they can make entries, as noted below:

  1. Geographically, using a web tool supported by Kansas DWR: Flood Area ID Web Map
  2. Communities can also mail information to Kansas DWR, 6531 SE Forbes Ave. Ste. B Topeka, KS 66619.
  3. A community may also contact Kansas DWR staff to assist via phone or email.

Recurring Flood ID Project

Historic Flood Signs for High Water Marks in Kansas

This project provided 24 free signs for 17 different communities in Kansas by 2019. The signs provide a historic story and picture of flooding in the community and raise awareness on flood risks. The signs remind property owners and developers to diversify their flood risk management actions to be resilient to floods in the area. Partners included the KDA Division of Water Resources (DWR), the Kansas Historical Society, USGS, and NOAA NWS. Participating communities included Arkansas City, Coffeyville, Edwardsville, Florence, Fort Scott, Hays, Junction City, Lawrence, Marion, Natoma, Ottawa, Riley County, Silver Lake, Strong City, Topeka, Wamego, and Washington. DWR's web site hosts additional photos here.

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Ottawa Historic Flooding sign

Ottawa Historic Flooding site

 

Brooker-Central Park

Nonstructural Assessment for Florence, KS

Kansas City District, in coordination with Tulsa District, established a report on how the city and county may diversify its flood risk solutions behind the Florence Levee. In the report shared in October 2018, a nonstructural assessment provides useful technical information to the city, county, and state hazard mitigation planners. The effort provides flood mitigation solutions for almost 300 buildings. Planners provide insight to guide property owners, possibly elevating to a height above flood elevations, and possibly flood proofing or relocation. The recommendations also will enhance the city's emergency action plan, address critical infrastructure in the leveed area, guide the community in the use of existing NWS and USGS tools, and emphasize the importance of flood insurance for the community's long-term resilience to floods.

Florence, Kansas Risk Management Options (pdf, 10.2 MB)

Florence, Kansas Flood Risk Management Options reportA page from the Florence, Kansas Flood Risk Management Options reportA second page from the Florence, Kansas Flood Risk Management Options reportA third page from the Florence, Kansas Flood Risk Management Options report

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Kansas Event Calendar

MAR

1 - 5

 

     Flood Safety Awareness Week in Kansas

     By proclamation (PNG) of Governor Laura Kelly

     Communities can get free signs here (web link).

MAR 9

Kansas Hazard Mitigation Team

9:30 AM

Via webinar

MAR 17

 

FEMA Community Rating System Event:

CRS Symposium 2021

8:30 AM - 2:30 PM

FEMA Region VII webinar supported by USACE Kansas City District, details (web page link)

JUN 8

Kansas Hazard Mitigation Team

9:30 AM

Via webinar

Corps of Engineers and KHMT

Several U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Civil Works programs overlap with the Kansas Hazard Mitigation Team, or KHMT.

Silver Jackets. This is the USACE Civil Works program enabling participation in the KHMT. Some of the states use the name Silver Jackets, however, many of the teams have existed longer than the inception of Silver Jackets around 2009. The Lead Silver Jackets Coordinator for Kansas directly participates on the KHMT, representing all the USACE districts within the state at the team's regular meetings. Kansas City District has the Lead Silver Jackets Coordinator for Kansas and Missouri. Each district also has a Silver Jacket Coordinator. The lead coordinator provides regular status updates, available on request. The status updates provide detail information on active USACE projects and programs, including specific project information that is useful during the FEMA Risk MAP Discovery Phases. The Silver Jackets Coordinators will participate in the FEMA Risk MAP Resiliency Meeting.

Levee Safety Program. The KHMT gets periodic updates on this USACE Civil Works program. Note the USACE is not responsible for all levees in the Nation, and the Kansas Department of Agriculture, Division of Water Resources already has an active levee program. The USACE Levee Safety Program activities have complemented KHMT work and have included establishing a National Levee Database, inspecting levees, communicating risks, taking steps to reduce risks, and establishing a levee safety portfolio internally at USACE for prioritizing levee work.

Dam Safety Program. This USACE program complements the Kansas Department of Agriculture, Division of Water Resources work with state dams. The USACE Dam Safety Program focuses on the large reservoirs, many of which are multipurpose. Reservoirs act together with levees and other infrastructure to reduce impacts of floods, and the reservoirs may also maintain flows for navigation downstream. The program is a little older than the program on levee safety and also has a risk portfolio for prioritizing dam work.

Emergency Management. This USACE Civil Works program addresses flood fighting and the rehabilitation of damaged infrastructure, such as levees or dams. In addition, major disasters and emergencies are also coordinated through this program. Read more at the Kansas City District Emergency Management webpage or the Tulsa District Emergency Management. For levee recovery work, visit Kansas City District levee rehabilitation webpage, or Tulsa District levee rehab site.

Missouri River Basin Water Management. The flows of the Missouri River are managed by the USACE Northwestern Division. Eight authorized purposes must be addressed, including flood risk management. Flows from the Kansas River are part of the Missouri River Basin, and the Kansas City District Water Management handles this. In southern Kansas, the Tulsa District does water control for Arkansas River as part of the USACE Southwestern Division. The Water Management staff manages the following reservoirs: Big Hill, Council Grove, El Dorado, Elk City, Fall River, John Redmond, Marion, and Toronto lake projects.

Flood Risk Management Projects. The USACE Civil Works program has planning studies, projects under design phase, and some in construction in the State of Kansas. Those in the Arkansas River Basin are managed by the Tulsa District. Those in the Kansas River Basin are part of the Kansas City District.

Floodplain Management Services. The USACE offers assistance in questions about floodplains through the "Flood Plain Management Services Program." For those in the Arkansas River Basin, contact the Tulsa District at 918-669-7196. Those in the Kansas River Basin need to contact the Kansas City District program manager at 816-389-2365.

Participating Agencies

Useful Federal Partners' Tools

Federal

State

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

Private parties or non-governmental organizations text

Related Links

Meeting Minutes

Below are meeting records for the KHMT. For more specific meetings or subcommittees contact KDEM or KDA DWR.

September 2017

December 2017

March 2018

May 2018

September 2018

March 2019

June 2019

September 2019

December 2019

March 2020

June 2020

September 2020

December 2020

March 2021

Past Documents and Presentations Used with the Team

Many presentations, papers, and other products have been provided for the Kansas Hazard Mitigation Team, as listed below:

Useful Information

Recognition

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.

2011 State Team of the Year award for the Kansas Hazard Mitigation Team