The Great Ohio Flood of 1913
The Ohio Silver Jackets team conducted a year-long flood awareness promotion that focused on the 100th anniversary of the Great Ohio Flood. By recalling the widespread impact of this flood, the Ohio Silver Jackets team transformed this major event into a public awareness campaign on flood safety, preparedness, and mitigation.
The Great Ohio Flood of 1913 – 100 Years Later – Flood Awareness Brochure
Flood Inundation Warning System Ohio and Lower Muskingum Rivers, City of Marietta and Washington and Morgan Counties
The project was a collaborative effort – leveraging resources and expertise among several agencies and local communities including U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), National Weather Service (NWS), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District, Ohio Division Natural Resources, Ohio Emergency Management Agency, Housing and Urban Development, City of Marietta, Washington and Morgan County Commissioners, a local flood mitigation committee, and RFG Associates, Inc. USGS and NWS worked closely to design and implement the flood warning network to enhance forecast capabilities. USGS was the project lead for this effort and collaborated with other Federal, State, regional, and local partners to ensure the successful development of the warning system. An article featuring this project was published in the Collaboration Corner Newsletter.
The flood inundation warning system reduces flood risk by providing flood inundation maps and early flood warning and allows communities to accurately predict where flooding will occur. Information is available to the general public through NWS (http://water.weather.gov/ahps/inundation.php) and USGS (http://wimcloud.usgs.gov/apps/FIM/FloodInundationMapper.html) flood-inundation mapping websites, which allows for public and community officials to better plan and respond to flood events. More information on the flood inundation mapping for the Ohio and Muskingum Rivers can be found in a published USGS report.
Silver Jackets Partners Support Statewide Hazard Mitigation Plan
The Silver Jackets team assisted in Ohio's five-year update to the Statewide Hazard Mitigation plan using FEMA's HAZUS methodology and with the assistance of FY07 Army Corps Planning Assistance to states Funding. The Ohio Emergency Management Agency was the Sponsor and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources provided in-kind services for part of the cost-share. Analysis was conducted on 47 counties in FY08.