State Risk Management Team

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) funded Silver Jackets Program works with Missouri's State Risk Management Team (SRMT), which is the recognized Missouri hazard mitigation organization. Led by the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), the SRMT coordinates with federal and state agencies and external partners. The SEMA has an enhanced program, under their FEMA hazard mitigation plan. This fact sheet describes Silver Jackets in Missouri.

USACE and Federal Partners Regional Map

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

Index of Web Pages for Missouri Silver Jackets

Missouri Silver Jackets web pages

Trending Web Pages for the SRMT

 Missouri Flood Master Training

FMPs New Priority Mapping Success Recent Levees EAPs

Team Activities
  • 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 River has several interagency efforts happening to address the 2019 and future flood risks
    • Lower Missouri River, USACE Planning Assistance to States (see MDNR web page with details from 4 public webinars)
    • Missouri River Flood Risk Management Plan (web page under development), USACE Silver Jackets
    • Lower Missouri River Study (planning study that may lead to building flood solutions), USACE General Investigation
    • Flow-Frequency Study, USACE Floodplain Management Servcies
    • Flood Recovery Advisory Work Group, MDNR (see web page)
  • Revised flood forecast inundation maps for Missouri River at Parkville, MO flood warning tool. The FFIMs combine NWS forecast stages with levee heights. Two continuous FFIMs span the river from west Kansas City to Leavenworth, helping to understand flood risks.
  • Completed 4 interagency nonstructural projects in Mar-2019 (see Recent Projects)

39 Flood deaths over the last 4 years - 87 Percent of the victims were in vehicles

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.

Little Blue River Actions for Flood Risk Management

Independence, MO, requested an interagency effort to help communicate the flood risks to the public, specifically along the river below the dams at these lakes.  The project created two flood forecast inundation maps (web links, below) on the NOAA National Weather Service Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service (similar to the first project, above), and helped Missouri communities with their floodplain management planning. 

For more information, see the inundation mapping information web page.

Levees and the River Crest

The objective of this project was to assist in developing six editions of a newsletter, encouraging a partnership between the state, levee sponsors, and the Corps of Engineers. The partners, including Missouri's State Emergency Management Agency and the Missouri Levee & Drainage District Association (MLDDA), spent most of 2018 developing articles, together. The newsletter, called the River Crest, is about evergreen topics that raise awareness and understanding of the risks and benefits associated with levee systems along the Missouri River valley. The target audience is the levee sponsors, community officials, businesses, local, state and federal agencies, political representatives and the public, who benefit from the levees. The newsletter provided and will continue to provide federal, state and local community officials, as well as the public, with information for years to come on the web page below. The raised awareness helps to manage flood risks better and prompts actions to diversify how the floods are mitigated, besides just using levees.

Read more at the River Crest home page.

Issue of the River Crest 

State Risk Management Team and SEMA Flood Risk Education

The State Emergency Management Agency's Floodplain Management Section is reaching out to elementary aged school children throughout the State of Missouri with the their 3-D Flood Simulation Model to explain best practices when developing in a 1% annual chance of exceedance floodplain. The No Adverse Impact and Turn around Don't Drown concepts will be discussed, and the effects that development have on flooding will be demonstrated.

In addition, copies of the fun learning tool, titled the I Am Ready Flood Preparedness Activity Booklet (pdf, 12.18 MB), will be distributed to each of the children to encourage them not only to think about preparedness themselves, but to engage their parents in understanding their risks and what they can do. This activity booklet was created under a California Silver Jackets project and has been adapted to be used in Missouri, as well.

I am Ready - Flood Preparedness Activity Book

For More Information Contact


Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) leads the State Risk Management Team. Links to their websites and important programs:

Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Water Resources Center is available for questions about projects in the floodplain. Projects being studied under the USACE Planning Assistance to States (PAS) work for Lower Missouri River Basin system flood solutions, see this web page at MDNR: https://dnr.mo.gov/floodrecovery/pas.htm. Submit comments on the Lower Missouri to MDNR at floodrecovery2019@dnr.mo.gov. Similar work is happening on the Kansas side of the river. See the Kansas Water Office web page for PAS project details. For other projects on levees, the Surface Water Chief may assist: Email

Missouri Event Calendar


NOV 19

     State Risk Management Team

     9:00-11:00 AM

     Via webinar. Contact SEMA for details

DEC 16

     Silver Jackets Call for Proposals

     Interagency Nonstructural Projects

     Information Webinar, KS and MO

     2:00 PM

     Contact SRMT lead at SEMA for details

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)

APR 15

     State Risk Management Team

     9:00-11:00 AM

     Via webinar. Contact SEMA for details



Corps of Engineers and SRMT

Several USACE Civil Works programs overlap with the State Risk Management Team, or SRMT.

Silver Jackets. The Silver Jackets participate in the SRMT, which has been around for longer than the Silver Jackets who came into existence in 2009. The Lead Silver Jackets Coordinator for Missouri represents all the USACE districts within the state at the SRMT'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 detailed 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 also participate in the FEMA Risk MAP Resiliency Meetings.

Federal Partners Mitigation Workgroup. A hazard mitigation team made up of federal agencies in Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, and Nebraska, with a focus on priority state and tribal actions for mitigating flooding and drought hazards. The team reaches out annually to state hazard mitigation team directors, including state hazard mitigation officers and state FEMA National Flood Insurance Program administrators. 

Levee Safety Program. The SRMT gets periodic updates from this USACE Civil Works program. While USACE is not responsible for all levees in the Nation,  USACE Levee Safety Program activities have complemented SRMT work and have included establishing a National Levee Database, inspecting levees, communicating risks, taking steps to reduce risks, and establishing an internal USACE levee safety portfolio to prioritize federal levee work.

USACE Dam Safety Program. This program complements the SEMA and the Missouri Department of Natural 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 Dam Safety program is a little older than the Levee Safety Program and also has a risk portfolio to prioritize federal dam work.

USACE Emergency Management. This Civil Works program addresses flood fighting and rehabilitation of damaged infrastructure, such as levees or dams. In addition, USACE response to major disasters and emergencies are coordinated by the Emergency Management program. Visit this web page for Kansas City District Emergency Management. The webpage for the eastern side of Missouri is the St. Louis Emergency Management. Northeast Missouri is Rock Island District Emergency Management, and Southeast in the boot heel visit Memphis District Emergency Management. For levee recovery work, visit Kansas City District levee rehabilitation webpage, or St. Louis District levee rehab.

Water Management. The control of flow releases from the many USACE lake projects is managed by the districts and divisions responsible for the various river basins.

Six USACE districts collaborate on the SRMT and overlap Missouri as shown in the map below. A high resolution map is available here (pdf, 5.5 MB).

Map of the six USACE districts in the Missouri State Risk Management Team

The flows of the Missouri River are managed by the USACE Northwestern Division. Eight authorized purposes must be addressed, including flood risk management. Flows on the Missouri River are managed by two districts. The Kansas City District Water Management handles reservoirs in Kansas and Missouri that drain to the Missouri River. The Omaha District handles major dams upstream of Rulo, Nebraska. Missouri lakes that are managed by the Kansas City District Water Management include Blue Springs Lake, Harry S. Truman Reservoir, Long Branch Lake, Longview Lake, Pomme de Terre Lake, Smithville Lake, and Stockton Lake. Upstream in Iowa is Rathbun Lake, which flows via the Chariton River to reach the Missouri River.

The eastern side of Missouri is part of the USACE Mississippi Valley Division, which does water management for tributaries of the Mississippi River. Reservoirs on the east side of the state (see map [pdf, 1.1 MB]), including Mark Twain Lake and Wappapello Lake, are managed in the St. Louis District. The St. Louis District also addresses the navigation mission and water management for the associated locks and dams.

In southern Missouri, Bull Shoals Lake, Clearwater, Norfolk, and Table Rock Lake are managed by the Little Rock District, which is part of the USACE Southwestern Division.

Flood Risk Management Projects. This USACE Civil Works program manages and conducts planning studies, projects under design phase, and other projects in construction phase within the State of Missouri. Those in the Missouri River Basin are part of the Kansas City District. Those USACE projects in the Mississippi River Basin are managed by either the St. Louis District (eastern Missouri), the Rock Island District (northeastern Missouri), or the Memphis District (in the Boot Heel; southeast Missouri). In southern Missouri, the Little Rock District is responsible. The Kansas City District has a map (pdf, 1.1 MB) to more clearly illustrate the areas of responsibility.

Floodplain Management Services. The USACE offers assistance on questions about floodplains through the "Flood Plain Management Services Program." Those in the Missouri River Basin need to contact the Kansas City District program manager at 816-389-2365. For those in the St. Louis District call 314-331-8790. For those in the Little Rock District, call 501-324-5032. In the Memphis District, call 901-544-3222.

Participating Agencies

Useful Federal Partners' Tools



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

Private parties or non-governmental organizations

Related Links

Many presentations, papers, and other products have been provided for the State Risk Management Team, as listed below:

Useful Information