Silver Jackets: Many Partners, One team


Many Partners, One Team


For More Information Contact

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

Please email the link above for more information regarding the Michigan Silver Jackets High Water Mark program and it will be distributed appropriately.

Emergency High Water Mark Assistance by the Army Corps of Engineers
Contact: Emergency Operations Center @ (313) 226-1323

Michigan Silver Jackets

The Michigan Silver Jackets Team is an interagency team dedicated to creating a collaborative environment to bring together Federal, State, local, and other stakeholders to develop and implement solutions to natural hazards and mitigation by combining available agency resources, which include funding, programs, and technical expertise. The Michigan Silver Jackets team was formalized by charter in 2016.


To create, maintain, and integrate comprehensive partnerships and sustainable solutions to reduce risk associated with flooding and other natural hazards in Michigan.


To coordinate between agencies, sharing knowledge, information, ideas and strategies to proactively reduce the risk of flooding and other natural hazards, as well as build resilience to such hazards in Michigan’s communities, tribes, and natural resources. 


Through an established interagency team:

  • Share information
  • Leverage available resources and information among agencies
  • Support partner activities that promote resilience and reduce the risk of flooding and natural hazards

Team Activities

Michigan Statewide Workshops

This interagency effort was completed in September 2021 by the Michigan Silver Jackets team who hosted a five-part series for community members and stakeholders throughout Michigan. The topics were focused on improving community resiliency to flooding through implementation of the resiliency response cycle for preparedness/training, response, recovery and mitigation. Agency resources were provided to attendees including presenting state and federal programs available to assist with community needs.

Dam Safety Education Outreach Program

The recent major dam failures at the Edenville and Sanford dams in Midland County, Michigan have spurred increased concerns surrounding dam safety and flood risk in the state. This effort will help address growing concerns related to dam safety by providing necessary support to the Michigan Department of Environment Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) Dam Safety team by providing a more holistic outreach to local officials which a state specific program has not occurred since 2009 and sporadically afterwards. The outreach program will include facilitated workshops and educational seminars for local communities where dam structures exist. Outreach efforts will address dam assessment and inspection techniques, overarching safety, emergency response efforts, potential impacts to downstream communities, recreational hazards, and federal assistance availability to study potential and current flooding impacts if future dam failures were to occur. The program will develop a set format with utilization tools to provide state and federal outreach coordinators in the future.  The effort was kicked off in Jan 2022 with state and federal planning efforts underway. Effort execution is scheduled to begin June 2022. 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers supports state-led Silver Jackets Teams through its Flood Risk Management Program.