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2/27/2024NOAA Atlas: Planned Updates to the Nation's Precipitation Frequency EstimatesThe webinar discussed plans for NOAA Atlas updates across the nation, in particular, for the development of NOAA Atlas 15. In 2022 NOAA received first-ever direct Federal funding under the 2022 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) to (1) update the NOAA Atlas 14 precipitation frequency standard while accounting for climate change, and (2) develop precipitation frequency estimates for the entire U.S. and its territories. NOAA Atlas 15 will incorporate nonstationary approaches and be derived from climate model outputs to project precipitation frequency estimates into the future.Salas, Fernando Precipitation Forecasting, Precipitation, Meteorology, Climatic Changes, Modeling, Atlas, PrecipitationPresentation, Recording, and Transcript
1/23/2024FHWA’s Promoting Resilient Operations for Transformative Efficient, and Cost-Saving Transportation (PROTECT) Formula & Discretionary Grant Program​The webinar explained FHWA’s the new Promoting Resilient Operations for Transformative, Efficient, and Cost-Saving Transportation (PROTECT) Formula and the Discretionary Grant Programs that were established under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The goal of these funds are to help make surface transportation more resilient to natural hazards, including climate change, sea level rise, flooding, extreme weather events, and other natural.Williams, Lamin Transportation, Grants-in-aid, Infrastructure, Law, ProgramsPresentations, Recording and Transcript
11/13/2023Silver Jackets & State Hazard Mitigation Teams’ Best Practices ProjectThis webinar introduced a new effort getting underway that will collect feedback on best practices from leads of the interagency state teams and other partners. Joe Chandler, FEMA Region VII and Brian Rast, USACE Kansas City District, gave an overview of the project and described the process that will be utilized in a future virtual working session, with participants like you, that will take place in late November or early December (date/time to be announced). The goal of the project is to collect best practices about technical processes, team dynamics, and logistical or coordination tools that have helped teams and that can help all of us improve our work in risk management. Chandler, Joe; Rast, Brian Interagency Coordination, Technical Assistance, Teams in the Workplace, Logistics, Cooperation, Risk Management, MitigationPresentation, Recording and Transcript
10/18/2023U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) and Post-Disaster Recovery ProgramThis presentation provided an overview of the USDA Forest Service’s Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) program and methods, which plays a key role in understanding how the landscape and flood risk changes after fire. It also introduced the USDA Forest Service’s new national Post-Disaster Recovery Program. Sponaugle, Cara; Kohrman, Elaine Disaster Relief, Fire Risk Assessment, Emergency Management, RehabilitationPresentations, Recording and Transcript; ON FIRE: The Report of the Wildland Fire Mitigation and Management Commission
9/20/2023Prelude to the 2024 National Flood Risk Management and Silver Jackets WorkshopThis presentation featured three state partners explaining the value of this national workshop. This three-day workshop offered state representatives in flood risk management the opportunity to meet other state and federal flood risk management partners and exchange knowledge, skills, and tools that have helped improve resilience to floods. Attendees heard about the how these three presenters have benefited from attendance at past workshops. The USACE workshop planning team also provided updates on plans for the 2024 Workshop. Attendees had time to ask questions as well. Bishop Bunny; Hughes, Tom, Bonard, NickBusiness Presentations, Flood Risk Management, Interagency CoordinationPresentations, Recording and Transcript
8/24/2023Kentucky Flooding 2022: A Collaborative Approach to Disaster Response and RecoveryThis presentation reflected on Eastern Kentucky Flooding in 2022 and the collaborative efforts of the federal partners in the challenging response and recovery work. Brummett, Brandon; Shanks, Matt; VanPelt, Alex; Brawner, Geni JoBusiness Presentations, Flooding Disaster Relief, Stream Restoration, Flooding, KentuckyPresentations, Recording and Transcript
7/10/2023U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Natural Resources Conservation Service Program’s (NRCS) Watershed Operation ProgramsThe Monday, July 10th Silver Jackets webinar featured partners from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Natural Resources Conservation Service Program’s (NRCS) watershed operation programs. The NRCS Watershed Program provides technical and financial assistance to implement conservation practices and works of improvement for soil, water, and land resources within watersheds. The program has three main components: Emergency Watershed Protection; Watershed and Flood Prevention Operations; and Watershed Rehabilitation. Miller, Alton; Keith, Sonya; Smart, BronsonEmergency Watershed Programs, Environmental ProtectionPresentations, Recording and Transcript
6/22/2023Risk Rating 2.0This presentation provided an overview of the National Flood Insurance Program Risk Rating 2.0 and its ties to the USACE Levee Safety Program. Time was also spent at the end of the webinar to discuss the 2024 Silver Jackets workshop and collect input on potential topics.Giron, Gil; Jordan, BruceFlood Risk Management, Flood Insurance, Levee Safety, Program, RiskPresentation, Recording and Transcript
5/23/2023Tijuana River Watershed Bi-National Dam Safety Tabletop Exercise (TTX) OverviewThe presentation highlighted the challenges and opportunities of bi-national, bi-directional communication during a disaster response event and the special consideration that is needed to foster a collaborative environment.Zubel, Nick; Lopez, Helen; Whalen, Megan; Moore, Sarah; Rodriguez, Patricia Fontanet Business Presentations Dam Safety, Communication, Interagency Coordination, Disaster Relief, Response, Workshop, CollaborationPresentation, Recording and Transcript
4/26/2023Innovative Outreach – Unique Ways to Communicate and Reach Target AudiencesThis presentation provided examples of outreach that are innovative and thinking outside the box. Presenters discussed ways their unique outreach styles reached their target audiences.Rose, Mark; Schwarz, Marian; Bilginsoy, Alev; Marcil, Emily; Floyd, LindsayBusiness Presentations, Communication, Social Media, Strategy, Strategic Planning, Outreach, Communication, Social MediaPresentation, Recording and Transcript
3/14/2023Safeguarding Tomorrow Revolving Loan Fund FY23 NOFOThis presentation provided an overview of the Safeguarding Tomorrow RLF program, the FY23 NOFO, and the capitalization grant application materials.Orona, Yvelisse; Alaniz, Paloma; Mercedes Carruthers Ferrero, Maria; Buckley, MichelleBusiness Presentations, Grants-in-aid, Emergency Management, Disaster Relief, Loans, Program, Fund, GrantPresentation
2/28/2023Natural Hazards Center Risk Communication with Social Vulnerable CommunitiesCarson spoke about the Risk Communication and Social Vulnerability: Guidance for Practitioners materials and principles for risk communication developed in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.MacPherson-Krutsky, Carson; Moore, SarahBusiness Presentations, Risk Communication, Social Aspects, Risk, Communication, VulnerabilityPresentation, Recording and Transcript
1/19/2023What USACE Program Fits your Water Resources Problem and a Deeper Dive into FPMS Interagency Nonstructural ProposalsThis webinar gave an overview of USACE programs that can assist in addressing flood risk management problems. We took a deeper dive into Flood Plain Management Services (FPMS) Interagency Proposals which many state Silver Jackets teams work together on. The call for FPMS Interagency Proposals are due March 31, 2023. Finally, interagency project examples were shared to show multiple agencies coming together to work towards one solution.Thomason, Lacey; Megaro, Kaely; Dunn, Jennifer; Warren, Sheila; Fuentes, AshleyBusiness Presentations, Flood Risk Management, Water Resources Development, Floodplain Management, Interagency, Proposal, ManagementPresentation, Recording and Transcript
12/6/2022Expanding Capabilities with a State-wide Weather Network (Mesonet)As weather and climate trends continue to have lasting impacts across the world, there is an increasing interest in weather observations. State-wide weather networks, or Mesonets (mesoscale + network), provide high quality, research-grade weather data which can be used in many ways. In this presentation, the presenters detailed what a Mesonet is, where they are, and how the data can be used to improve operations and expand capabilities. The presenters also discussed best practices and recommendations for new and existing networks.Schargorodski, Megan; Joyner, AndrewBusiness Presentations, Weather, Monitoring, Climate, Trends, Weather, NetworkPresentations, Recording and Transcript
11/15/2022Climate ResiliencySean Bath presented on the RISA program. Jim Neumann reviewed the methods and selected results of U.S. EPA’s September 2021 report: Climate Change and Social Vulnerability in the United States: A Focus on Six Impacts. Jim focused on two of the six impacts addressed in the report, both related to coastal flooding, the first is impact of SLR and storm surge on coastal property; and the second is impact of SLR and high-tide flooding on road networks. Sean discussed the CAP/RISA program, which advances equitable adaptation to climate variability and change through sustained regional research and community engagement. Since 1995, the program has used cooperative agreements with interdisciplinary multi-institution teams across multi-state regions to build sustained partnerships to answer complex questions about the physical and social effects of climate. Sean described how CAP/RISA teams operate and explore some of the ways teams may be a resource to Silver Jackets and vice versa. Lastly, he discussed some of the ways to access federal climate resilience data, tools, and services.Bath, Sean; Neumann, JimBusiness Presentations, Climatic Changes, Social Aspects, Coastal Engineering, Flooding, Program, RISA, ResiliencePresentations, Recording and Transcript
10/25/2022Flooding and InsuranceThe Federal Insurance Office discussed the national picture for homeowners’ insurance, with an emphasis on the consumer perspective as well as the use of insurance to address climate-related risks like flooding. FEMA’s Office of the Flood Insurance Advocate: Understanding NFIP resources for the customer. FEMA’s Office of the Flood Insurance Advocate is a resource for frustrated and confused policyholders and property owners navigating the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The Advocate’s office receives inquiries on topics across all aspects of the NFIP, provides education and resources to policyholders and property owners, and analyzes data from these interactions to develop a deeper understanding of customer concerns. The Advocate’s office discussed their casework data analytics and resources Silver Jackets members can utilize to help advance resilience in their community.Schmelz, Stephanie; Montgomery, RhondaInteragency Coordination, Flood Insurance, Floods, Flooding, Insurance, PolicyPresentation, Recording and Transcript
9/28/2022Hurricane Agnes 50th Anniversary Outreach Campaign: Learn from the Past and Prepare for the FutureIn June 1972, Hurricane Agnes ravaged the mid-Atlantic region. At the time, it was the most destructive tropical cyclone in American history. Rainfall from Agnes caused catastrophic inland flooding, with an immense geographic scale. Agnes caused the loss of 128 lives and more than $3.1 billion in damages (in 1972 dollars). To commemorate this event, the Silver Jackets teams of Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, collaborated on an outreach campaign to encourage everyone to learn more about their flood risk and take actions to be prepared. Even decades later, the stories of Agnes still resonate and can help us be better prepared for the threats of the future. With climate change, extreme rainfall and flooding events are becoming more common, and lessons learned after storms like Agnes are even more valuable. The outreach campaign included an interactive and comprehensive website, outreach events and a social media campaign. The website contains visually compelling details and personal accounts about the direct impacts of Hurricane Agnes by state, information about how flood forecasting, warning and emergency response has evolved in the past 50 years, flood risk management efforts, and actions people can take to be prepared for hurricanes and flooding. Underwood, Stacey; Shedd, Rob; Dunn, MaggieInteragency Coordination, Hurricanes, Flood Risk Management, Hurricane Agnes, 1972, Outreach, FloodingPresentations, Recording, and Transcript
8/25/2022Kansas Healthy WatershedsThe Kansas Healthy Watersheds webinar looked at the tie between conservation efforts done as part of soil health management systems, Kansas Department of Health & Environment watershed restoration efforts using U.S. Environmental Protection Agency funds, and watershed-wide land use incentives, which may be an underused nonstructural measure. The project performed a sensitivity analysis with assistance from USACE Hydrologic Engineering Center in the HEC-HMS software. The analysis also used new data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for rainfall intensity increases under climate change. Participants could ask questions and share their ideas about how to prepare our next steps in effective watershed partnerships and how we can reduce flood risks with these combined approaches.Thomas, Candy; Sattherthwaite, Scott; Rast, BrianInteragency Coordination, Business Presentations, Watersheds, Environment, ProtectionPresentation, Recording and Transcript
7/21/2022Federal Partner Funding in Support of Natural Hazards ResiliencyThe U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and USDA Rural Development (USDA RD) have different missions, but each administers programs that can assist states, local governments and others with natural disaster recovery and improving resiliency. Join our panel of Federal partners as they highlight agency programs that may assist with funding actions to improve resiliency from flooding and other natural hazards.Marquart, Sarah; Sakaguchi, Frances; Baietti, JoeyBusiness Presentations, Communities, Resilience (Ecology), Disaster Relief, Rural Development, Natural Disasters, Federal Government, Finance, Resilience, Hazards, DevelopmentPresentations, Recording and Transcript
6/14/2022USACE – Corps Water Infrastructure Financing ProgramThe Corps Water Infrastructure Financing Program is a new federal loan program, authorized by the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA), that allows USACE to provide long-term, low-cost loans to borrowers looking for credit assistance on water resources infrastructure projects. The program is authorized for credit assistance to non-federal dam safety projects. The webinar will provide information on program eligibility, benefits and expected timeline.Snyder, AaronBusiness Presentations, Federal Government, Water Resources Development, Dam Safety, Government Lending, Infrastructure, Program, LoanPresentation, Recording and Transcript
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