2021 Silver Jackets Team of the Year: Nebraska Silver Jackets
The Nebraska Silver Jackets team was recognized for its collaborative approach during the 2019 Missouri River basin floods, the largest federally declared disaster in the state’s history. The team assisted with response and recovery, engaging at the Joint Field Office and collecting highwater mark data. To collect data over a significant geographic area, the team coordinated with local communities to enter data using an online portal, with the U.S. Geological Survey then surveying the data points.
The team successfully coordinated and transitioned into recovery, hosting three virtual post-flood workshops for communities about post-flood activities, grant opportunities, and agency resources to support recovery.
Additionally, the team collaborated to produce products to document the changed post-flood hydrologic and hydraulic environment, incorporating recent 2019 flood data to update numerous models and analyses. The team also participated on the Governor’s Task Force, evaluating local community applications for recovery funding, prioritizing projects, and also identifying other relevant funding sources, which maximized resources available to assist local communities.