Filling Flood-Related Outreach Gaps Webinar Series
The “Filling Flood-Related Outreach Gaps” was a webinar series presented by the Pennsylvania Silver Jackets for the annual Flood Awareness Week from March 21st – 25th 2022.
In this webinar, participants were given a crash course on some of the general concepts of floods including different flood types, flood messaging, the impacts of floods on homes and businesses, and flood safety and preparation. Participants were also asked questions about their own experiences with flood events as well as their knowledge of how to reduce flood risk.
Flood Risk Communication Initiative
Are you a homeowner or a business owner in Allegheny County? Have you been asking yourself: Why is my basement flooding? Why is the street flooding? What do I do in a flood? How do I protect my house? When do I evacuate?
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 3 Rivers Wet Weather, ALCOSAN, Allegheny County Conservation District, PA Dept. of Environmental Protection, PA Emergency Management Agency, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission and Watersheds of South Pittsburgh hosted a flood education workshop series to answer those questions. Five sessions were offered in July through August 2021. Topics included the basics of flooding, how to prepare and protect yourself and your property, available resources and contacts, and other important information to empower yourself and the people you care about before, during and after a flood. The goal was to create better prepared and flood-resilient communities.
Flood Risk Education Workshop Series recordings presentations, and resources
Flood Proofing Workshops
The Pennsylvania Silver Jackets team held two flood proofing workshops in Lebanon. The afternoon workshop was - one was directed towards public officials and a second held for the general public. Presenters and topics included:
Susquehanna River Flood Inundation Mapping Tool for Wyoming Valley
The Pennsylvania Silver Jackets team developed a library of flood inundation maps tied to four existing stream gages that are also National Weather Service forecast points. The purpose of the mapping tool is to inform the general public, local officials, and emergency managers of flooding risks along a 100-mile reach of the Susquehanna River in the Wyoming Valley area. The maps are tied to the Wilkes-Barre, Bloomsburg, Danville and Sunbury gages. Project partners include the Army Corps of Engineers, National Weather Service, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Susquehanna River Basin Commission, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, Luzerne County, Columbia County, Montour County, Northumberland County and Snyder County.
Ice Jam Training
In December 2021, the Pennsylvania Silver Jackets team held two ice jam training sessions, one in Bloomsburg and one in Oil City. Presentations were made by USACE Cold Regions and Research Engineering Laboratory, NOAA National Weather Service and Susquehanna River Basin Commission. Topics 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.