The Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) has joined the Silver Jackets California team, strengthening efforts to reduce flood risk in the state. Deputy Director Christina Curry signed the team charter on behalf of Cal OES in a ceremony last Friday along with other agencies, officially making Cal OES a partner on this important team.
The Silver Jackets program brings multiple federal, state and local agencies together to share information and leverage resources to address flood risks and solutions. The program aims to reduce flood risk to communities through increased communication, coordination, collaboration and cooperation among agencies. The California team is led by the Department of Water Resources.
Although California is in a drought, agencies continually work to identify risks and plan before an event occurs.
“Flood risk is not something that goes unnoticed even amidst fires and drought in California,” said Deputy Director Curry. “Going forward with flood risk, partnerships like this are critical.”
The team also aims to promote flood hazard risk education and information sharing, identify and eliminate flood risk management barriers, build on existing efforts for potential future actions, and focus on the life-cycle of floods (response, recovery, mitigation and risk planning).
The California Silver Jackets Team charter members:
- California Department of Water Resources (CA DWR)
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
- California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES)
- Bay Area Flood Protection Agencies Association (BAFPAA)
- San Joaquin Area Flood Control Agency (SJAFCA)
- Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency (SBFCA)
- West Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (WSAFCA)
- Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (SAFCA)
- U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
- National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration/National Weather Service (NOAA/NWS)
- California Geological Survey (CGS)
- Coalition of 7 Southern California Counties: Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Riverside, and San Bernardino
- Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
Learn more about the California Silver Jackets team: http://silverjackets.nfrmp.us/State-Teams/California
Curious why the team is called the Silver Jackets? According to the Silver Jackets webpage: Traditionally, different agencies wear different colored jackets when responding to emergencies. For example, FEMA personnel wear blue and USACE personnel wear red. The name Silver Jackets is used to underscore the common mission of a single team of diverse agencies working together to reduce flood risk at the state level.
(Group photo courtesy of Terri Rorke, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)