This was a unique event lead by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region VII and was delivered to participants under a partnership with the state hazard mitigation teams, and the lead state agencies for floodplain management. The event improves flood mitigation for regional work surrounding the FEMA Community Rating System (CRS) under the National Flood Insurance Program. The partnership includes leveraging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Silver Jackets Program under state lead work in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska.
USACE’s Silver Jackets Program provided remote access to recorded speaker presentations using this web page. The updated agenda on the left, at the beginning of the web page, link their presentations, and any supporting material. This web page memorializes all the proceedings using the same agenda, which will be one of many ways that Silver Jackets supports the CRS Program and FEMA Region VII.
The Region VII CRS Coordinator has engaged the state floodplain administrators for this symposium to help improve the implementation of flood mitigation efforts creditable in the CRS Program. The four state's Lead Silver Jackets Coordinators support the CRS Program through work on the state teams, including a variety of interagency nonstructural projects. When these projects close, the Silver Jackets Coordinators use a MS Access database that includes an assessment as to which CRS activities have been touched on during the projects. As of the end of 2020, over 300 projects had been completed with over 50 tied to CRS activities.
The state teams include
- Iowa Flood Risk Management Team
- Kansas Hazard Mitgation Team
- State Risk Management Team (Missouri)
- Nebraska Silver Jackets
In bringing together various expert practitioners and speakers for this Symposium, FEMA and FEMA Region VII invites speakers with demonstrated excellence, professionalism, and relevance; noting that the opinions expressed are solely those of the presenter or attendee and do not necessarily represent the views, opinions, policies, or regulatory requirements of the staff, this region, or agency. Nor, are contributions by various speakers to be deemed an endorsement of any kind for any individual, business, or company.