Silver Jackets: Many Partners, One team


Many Partners, One Team


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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), New England District, Email, 978-318-8950

Rhode Island Silver Jackets

The Rhode Island Silver Jackets is comprised of representatives from Federal and State agencies which support comprehensive and sustainable actions that reduce flood risk within the State of Rhode Island. The Team charter was finalized in August 2016.


Support comprehensive and sustainable actions that reduce the level of risk from flooding which result in the protection of life, property and the beneficial functions of floodplains within the State of Rhode Island.


To facilitate coordination, cooperation and function as a catalyst in the identification, abatement and resolution of flood hazards and associated risks within the State through such means as flood and dam observation and warning systems; riverine and dam break hazard mapping; flood and dam hazard mitigation; planning and education; as well as response and recovery efforts.


  • Promote Rhode Island’s capacity to implement projects, programs, plans, policies, and legislative actions to reduce vulnerability to flooding.
  • Foster and facilitate statewide coordination with organizations, agencies and stakeholders to achieve flood risk reduction.
  • Establish or supplement mechanisms to collaboratively identify issues and implement or recommend solutions.
  • Increase and improve flood risk communication and outreach.
  • Advise and assist Rhode Island communities in their efforts to become more resilient and less vulnerable to flood hazards.

Team Activities

Floodplain Managers' Handbook

The Rhode Island Silver Jackets Team, in coordination with a number of partners, developed a comprehensive handbook for Rhode Island floodplain professionals in 2019. This document combines sound floodplain management techniques, federal requirements and state regulations into a single concise resource. The handbook will be widely distributed and used as a training tool to enhance floodplain management techniques statewide.

Historical Structure Flood Hazard Vulnerability Assessment

The Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission (HPHC) operates the statewide historical preservation program that identifies over 21,000 historical assets. The Rhode Island Silver Jackets Team worked with HPHC and other stakeholders to convert existing data to a GIS format and complete a flood hazard vulnerability assessment of the historical features statewide.

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