USACE/Silver Jacket 2019 Spring issue of the BUZZ

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A MESSAGE FROM Jennifer Dunn, National Silver Jackets Program Manager:


Attached for your information and enjoyment is the 2019 Spring issue of the BUZZ, the Silver Jackets newsletter. Please read, use, and share with colleagues in flood risk management and related fields.

This issue presents an assortment of articles from different agencies and states on projects and topics that may be of interest to flood risk managers throughout the nation. A theme that runs through this issue is that of innovation, from the creation of the first territorial Silver Jackets team, to the use of virtual reality simulations for flood risk management education, to cutting-edge coastal research applications, to creative approaches for pulling together the efforts of many agencies in order to rebuild social and environmental resilience in a Tribal community beset by multiple hazards.  The issue presents five news articles plus two new recurring features:

*             Guam Establishes Nation’s First Territorial Silver Jackets Team
*             IMMERSED: A Flood Mitigation Virtual Reality Experience
*             Applying Cutting-Edge Research through the U.S. Coastal Research Program
*             Fighting Floods after Fire: Restoring the Watershed and Resilience of Santa Clara Pueblo
*             The Muddy River: Where Vitality Meets Flood Risk
*             Round the National Silver Jackets Table
*             Teaming Tip: Five Dynamics vs. Five Dysfunctions of Teams

“Round the National Silver Jackets Table” is a recurring feature that began last issue, and presents news from agencies participating in the National Silver Jackets Team.  Also in the last issue we published a brief “Teaming Tip”; this issue expands that nugget into a full article, complete with practical tips for actions to facilitate the teaming process and strengthen the relationships and productivity of existing teams. Upcoming issues will follow up with additional teaming tips and suggestions.

We are already gathering articles and content suggestions for our Summer and Fall issues.  We are looking for interesting case studies that include practical lessons learned, profiles of communities and watersheds and their unique flood risk management challenges, and features about useful tools and techniques, as well as more strategic “think pieces” that address broader themes and challenges of flood risk management but still provide concrete examples and actionable information.

If you have an idea for a BUZZ piece that could be useful and interesting for Silver Jackets team members, partners and colleagues, please send your ideas to our new editor, Tyson Vaughan, at In addition, please send him information about upcoming events including webinars, courses and conventions of interest to floodplain managers and the broader flood risk management community. The suspense date for article drafts for the Summer issue is July 3.

Jennifer Dunn
National Silver Jackets Program Manager