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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.
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
The Pennsylvania Silver Jackets team held floodproofing workshops at several locations throughout the state in July and August. The workshops occured 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:
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)
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
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.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Baltimore District, Email
Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, Email