Helping Montanans Live With Floods
The Montana Silver Jackets Program provides a formal and consistent strategy for an interagency approach to planning and implementing measures to reduce the risks associated with flooding and other natural hazards in the State of Montana.
Federal and state agencies are working together to enhance intergovernmental partnerships resulting in comprehensive and sustainable solutions to Montana state flood risk hazards.
These agencies provide guidance and coordination for the program.
The Silver Jackets are collaborative state-led interagency teams, continuously working together to reduce flood risk at the state level. Through the Silver Jackets program, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, additional federal, state and sometimes local and Tribal agencies provide a unified approach to addressing a state’s priorities. Often, no single agency has the complete solution, but each may have one or more pieces to contribute. The Silver Jackets team is the forum where all relevant agencies come together with the state to collaboratively plan and implement that interagency solution. Through partnerships, Silver Jackets optimizes the multi-agency utilization of federal resources by leveraging state/ local/ Tribal resources, including data/information, talent and funding, and preventing duplication of effort.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers responds to evaluate flood-damaged infrastructure.
The Silver Jackets program's primary goals are: