2016 Silver Jackets Team of the Year: District of Columbia
This year’s award recipient is the District of Columbia Silver Jackets Team. The District of Columbia is unique. There are more than the typical number of agencies involved in flood risk management, including multiple levels of government and multiple branches of the military. Additionally, the District faces flood threats from several sources, including two rivers and tidal flooding. The team has subdivided into five groups to work on current priorities, including flood inundation mapping, flood emergency planning, levee certification and accreditation, communication and outreach, and interior flooding. A few outstanding accomplishments to highlight include the development of updated flood inundation mapping tools that will better communicate flood impacts to agency leadership and the general public, a flood fighting exercise that brought together 58 participants from 18 of the key agencies involved in flood risk management, and coordination to make repairs to the existing FRM project to bring it back to the standards necessary to obtain accreditation from FEMA. The District of Columbia Silver Jackets team’s significant contributions greatly reflect credit upon themselves and the District.