State Risk Management Team

Missouri's State Risk Management Team (SRMT) is the recognized Missouri hazard mitigation organization and functions as the state Silver Jackets team. The SRMT is led by the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and coordinates with federal and state agencies and external partners. The SRMT guiding document is the 2018 Missouri State Hazard Mitigation Plan, which is an enhanced plan.

The SRMT will support flood mitigation actions and the goals in the state hazard mitigation plan:

  • Improve the protection of human life, health, and safety.
  • Improve the protection of continuity of government and essential services.
  • Improve the protection of public and private property.
  • Improve the protection of community tranquility.

More specific flood mitigation strategies, as noted in the Missouri plan, are to

  • Provide technical assistance, planning assistance, and available funding to regional planning councils to develop . . . [hazard mitigation plan] . . . [emphasizing] use of NFIP risk assessment products to identify local mitigation projects
  • . . . encourage new participation in the NFIP and Community Rating System programs . . . to promote and enforce their floodplain management programs
  • Support and provide technical assistance for FEMA Risk MAP products to communicate risk and promote mitigation actions
  •  . . . pursue mitigation of flood-prone properties through implementation of the Repetitive Loss Strategy and development/implementation of a Statewide Buyout Strategy.
  • Encourage the creation of a State-level Levee Safety Program similar to Missouri Department of Natural Resource's Dam and Reservoir Safety program. 
Team Activities

Independence, Missouri Flood Risk and Flood Risk Management

  • Independence, MO has partnered with the USACE Silver Jackets, NOAA NWS, and USGS with two tools for the public. One is a flood forecast inundation map to improve flood awareness, and the second is a flood risk management plan that helps understand the best measures. Find out more by clicking on this image of the fact sheet below:

A thumbnail image of the Independence, MO fact sheet.

The Roadway Flood Priorities Project

  • The Roadway Flood Priorities project is helping MODOT and SEMA reduce flood hazards at roads. A key first step is flood awareness achieved through signs. Learn more about dangerous low water crossings on roads and steps to take to be safe here.

Missouri Flood Forecast Inundation Maps (FFIM)

Harrisonville Flood Risk Assessment and Public Outreach

Aided the community in assessing several solutions for managing floods and includes assistance with public involvement. The public was invited to several open houses about flood solutions, including nonstructural measures. While COVID19 prevented some public involvement, this information sheet (4.9 MB) summarizes the technical services from Silver Jackets. USACE created a new planning tool in the computer software HEC-RAS, also providing a dam break analysis. This report (12.7 MB) summarizes the floodplain investigation and helps property owners understand next steps.

The USACE staff evaluated some measures to establish from an engineering analysis which ones would be effective. An economic analysis is still needed as of May 2020 to determine which measures have a good benefit to cost ratios and if a federal interest exists in funding assistance. Several measures are certainly possible to effectively reduce flood risks further, especially property owners getting flood insurance policies.

Roadway Flooding Assessment

This project began with the goal of identifying and prioritizing flood mitigation sites along state roadways. Partners included Missouri SEMA and MoDOT. The USACE team members, including economists and geospatial analysts, examined 13 pilot sites. The team considered how the overtopping conditions from past floods have caused detours and delays to cars and trucks. The analysis will aid and inform future state hazard mitigation planning efforts.

The pilot sites address overtopping locations in the following counties: Laclede, Callaway, Pulaski, Johnson, Wayne, Gasconade, Maries, McDonald, and Ozark County.

Roadway Flooding Assessment 

In the December 2018, USACE economists and geospatial analysts evaluated pilot sites to begin a way to prioritize road mitigation actions in the future.

Participating Agencies



  • Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA)
  • Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC)
  • Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED)
  • Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS)
  • Missouri Department of Labor & Industrial Relations (DOLIR)
  • Missouri Department of Mental Health (DMH)
  • Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR)
  • Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT)
  • Missouri Division of Fire Safety
  • Missouri National Guard (MONG)
  • Missouri Office of Administration (OA)
  • Missouri Office of Administration, Information Technology Services Division (ITSD)
  • Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC)
  • Missouri Public Utility Alliance (MPUA)
  • Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA)
  • Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP)