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Pennsylvania silver jackets

The Pennsylvania Silver Jackets Team is an interagency team dedicated to working collaboratively with the commonwealth and appropriate stakeholders in developing and implementing solutions to flood hazards by combining available agency resources, which include funding, programs, and technical expertise.

The team provides a variety of Flood Risk Management Resources for the public - before, during and after a flood - on their website.

team activities

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 are a total of five virtual sessions, lasting about an hour each, starting at 6 pm each Tuesday from July 27th to August 24th. Please attend each session for a complete learning experience.

The first 100 people who register can attend the live series. Each of the five sessions will be recorded and available to view online. To register, go here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/163186097009

Watershed Basics and Types of Flooding – July 27th 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 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 tounderstand and prepare for flood risk.

Preparation & Mitigation for Flooding – August 10th 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 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 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. 

Virtual Ice Jam Training

The Pennsylvania Silver Jackets team held virtual ice jam training sessions on December 11th and 15th. Topics covered included an Ice Jam Overview (National Weather Service), Mitigation Techniques and Case Studies (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, Luzerne County and Union County) and Ice Jam Resources (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Susquehanna River Basin Commission). The sessions were well attended and received, with over 250 participants combined.  

Flood Proofing Workshops

The Pennsylvania Silver Jackets team held flood proofing workshops in Lebanon on Monday, April 8th. 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

PEMA Administered Programs

USACE Community Assistance Programs

Disaster Planning for Historic Properties

FEMA Programs

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.

The flood inundation maps can be found online at: https://water.weather.gov/ahps/inundation.php

Wyoming Valley Flood Inundation Maps Technical Report

Ice Jam Training

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

Floodproofing Workshops

The Pennsylvania Silver Jackets team held floodproofing workshops at several locations throughout the state in July and August. The workshops occurred in Brady's Bend and Oakdale in Western PA in late July and York, Lewisburg and Wellsboro in Central PA in mid-August. The workshops consisted of an afternoon meeting directed towards public officials and an evening meeting for the general public. Slides for the floodproofing workshops are below:

Western Pennsylvania

Central Pennsylvania

Lycoming County Nonstructural Economic Assessment

Jersey Shore Borough, Muncy Borough, and Old Lycoming Township have the highest risk of flood damages in Lycoming County. It is critical that mitigation actions be taken in these areas to reduce flood risk. Nonstructural flood proofing measures can help reduce flood damages to homes and reduce future flood insurance rates. The PA Silver Jackets team completed a study in April 2016 that evaluated nonstructural flood proofing measures for 20 prototype structures and compared the benefits of the flood proofing measures to the reduction in flood damages and reduction in flood insurance costs. A link to the final report is below:

Lycoming County Nonstructural Economic Assessment Report (pdf, 9.56 MB)

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Flood Inundation Mapping Tool

The Pennsylvania Silver Jackets Team developed a library of inundation maps tied to an existing stream gage to inform the general public, local officials, and emergency managers of flooding risks for the City of Harrisburg and adjacent communities along a 20-mile reach. Partners include the Corps of Engineers, US Geological Survey, Harrisburg Authority, Susquehanna River Basin Commission, National Weather Service, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. A link to the tool is below:

Harrisburg Flood Inundation Mapping

One Stop Shop for Online Flood Information

During a flood, residents and business owners are overwhelmed with pressing needs, making information flow a vital necessity. Community officials' responsibilities escalate as they must notify its residents of shelters, keep people informed of upcoming weather patterns, and ensure that everyone has the best resources available to make informed and safe decisions. However, information flow is also critical before a flood and after it occurs. Preparation and knowledge are keys to being well-prepared for a potential flood; also, if affected by high water, community members will need to know who to contact to begin to repair and rebuild.

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for more information contact

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

Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, Email