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Pennsylvania silver jackets

VISION STATEMENT

Create solution to reduce flood risk and flood damages in the Commonwealth and increase public knowledge of flood risk.

MISSION STATEMENT

The core member agencies will establish a continuous inter-governmental collaborative team that works with other agencies and organizations to:

  • Provide assistance to municipal governments in identifying and prioritizing actions to reduce the threat, vulnerability, and consequences of flooding the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  • Facilitate strategic planning and implement life-cycle mitigation, response, and recovery actions to reduce the threat, vulnerability, and consequences of flooding in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Create a process to collaboratively identify issues and implement or recommend solutions
  • Identify and implement ways to leverage available resource and information between agencies
  • Increase and improve flood risk communication and outreach
  • Promote wise stewardship of the taxpayer’s investments
  • Provide suggestions for comprehensive state flood risk management policies and strategies and
  • Advocate changes to existing policies and processes that will improve hazard mitigation efforts and emergency response between our agencies.

GOALS

  • Increase teams members knowledge of interagency mitigation programs and authorities in order to combine resources and identify gaps.
  • Provide hazard mitigation assistance to high priority communities targeted by the State’s Mitigation Advisory Board,
  • Coordinate team efforts into the updates of the Commonwealth All-Hazard Mitigation Plan, which must be reviewed every three years, and have the team review it annually.
  • Define a process for interagency flood risk communication and outreach roles to increase collaboration and eliminate duplication of efforts
  • Develop a strategy to educate the public, including municipal officials and the private sector, about flood risk and provide information regarding flood-related activities and available resources.
  • Develop relationships in order to share information and find answers to issues more quickly.
  • Set performance measures for success.
team activities

Filling Flood-Related Outreach Gaps Webinar Series

The “Filling Flood-Related Outreach Gaps” was a webinar series presented by the Pennsylvania Silver Jackets for the annual Flood Awareness Week from March 21st – 25th 2022.

Flooding 101

In this webinar, participants were given a crash course on some of the general concepts of floods including different flood types, flood messaging, the impacts of floods on homes and businesses, and flood safety and preparation. Participants were also asked questions about their own experiences with flood events as well as their knowledge of how to reduce flood risk.

Flood Risk Communication Initiative

Pennsylvania Flood Risk Communication Graphic

Are you a homeowner or a business owner in Allegheny County? Have you been asking yourself: Why is my basement flooding? Why is the street flooding? What do I do in a flood? How do I protect my house? When do I evacuate?

Join the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 3 Rivers Wet Weather, ALCOSAN, Allegheny County Conservation District, PA Dept. of Environmental Protection, PA Emergency Management Agency, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission and Watersheds of South Pittsburgh for a flood education workshop series to answer those questions. You'll learn about the basics of flooding, how to prepare and protect yourself and your property, available resources and contacts, and other important information to empower yourself and the people you care about before, during and after a flood. We hope that these workshops can help create better prepared and flood-resilient communities.

There were a total of five virtual sessions, lasting about an hour each, starting at 6 pm each Tuesday from July 27th, 2021 to August 24th, 2021.

Watershed Basics and Types of Flooding – July 27th, 2021 at 6 p.m.

Presentation Recording

Presentation Slides

Resources

  • What a watershed is and how it functions.
  • How water management affects the watershed.
  • The different types of flooding and why flooding may occur where you live.

Where Flooding Occurs and How You Can Find Out – August 3rd, 2021 at 6 p.m.

Presentation Recording

Resources

  • Where flooding has occurred in the past and where it is likely to occur in the future.
  • What information is available for you to find out where flooding is likely to occur.
  • What you can do as a homeowner, business owner, or renter to understand and prepare for flood risk.

Preparation & Mitigation for Flooding – August 10th, 2021 at 6 p.m.

Presentation Recording

Resources

  • What you can do as a homeowner or business owner to mitigate against flooding.
  • What you need to know if you do some mitigation on your own.
  • What options you can pursue if you can’t mitigate against flooding on your own and who can help.

Responding to Flooding  – August 17th, 2021 at 6 p.m.

Presentation Recording

Resources

  • How to find out if flooding is occurring in your area;
  • What you can do to protect yourself, your family, and your home during a flooding event
  • Who to call and when during a flooding event.

Recovering from Flooding – August 24th, 2021 at 6 p.m.

Presentation Recording

Resources

  • How to document damages to your structure or property
  • How to report damages to the appropriate organization in order to request assistance.
  • The steps to properly recover from a flood.

Flood Proofing Workshops

The Pennsylvania Silver Jackets team held flood proofing workshops in Lebanon on Monday, April 8th, 2019. The afternoon workshop was directed towards public officials, while the evening workshop was more for the general public. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Baltimore District presented on flood proofing techniques and technical assistance programs, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency presented on a number of grant programs that they administer, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission presented on disaster planning for historic properties and the Federal Emergency Management Agency - Region 3 presented on the National Flood Insurance Program and Community Rating System. Slides for each of the individual presentations are below:

Flood Proofing Training

Susquehanna River Flood Inundation Mapping Tool for Wyoming Valley

The Pennsylvania Silver Jackets team developed a library of flood inundation maps tied to four existing stream gages that are also National Weather Service forecast points. The purpose of the mapping tool is to inform the general public, local officials, and emergency managers of flooding risks along a 100-mile reach of the Susquehanna River in the Wyoming Valley area. The maps are tied to the Wilkes-Barre, Bloomsburg, Danville and Sunbury gages. Project partners include the Army Corps of Engineers, National Weather Service, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Susquehanna River Basin Commission, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, Luzerne County, Columbia County, Montour County, Northumberland County and Snyder County.

Ice Jam Training (Virtual and In-person)

The Pennsylvania Silver Jackets team held two ice jam training sessions, in Bloomsburg on December 11th and in Oil City on December 12th. Presentations were made by Joe Rocks (USACE, CRREL), Craig Evanego (NWS - State College), Jim Brewster (NWS - Binghamton), Alicia Miller (NWS - Pittsburgh), Charles Ross (NWS - State College) and Ben Pratt (Susquehanna River Basin Commission). Items covered included the general science of ice jams, ice observer training/ice jam monitoring and the use of social media to report ice jams. The Oil City training included a site visit to the ice boom on the Allegheny River, one of only three ice booms in the country.

Ice Jam Presentation Slides

Photo taken at Oil City Ice Jam Training

for more information contact

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Baltimore District, Email

Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, Email