Huntington, W.Va. - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington District announces that the West Virginia Silver Jackets team has secured $100,000 in federal funding to assist Lincoln County with mitigation planning efforts in cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Region III; West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (WVDHSEM); and the Lincoln County Commission.
Silver Jackets is an innovative program fostering effective and continuous collaboration among multiple local, state, and federal entities with the goal of reducing hazard risk by enhancing response, recovery, mitigation and preparation. The West Virginia Silver Jackets team was formalized in June 2013 when a team charter was signed by representatives of WVDHSEM, FEMA, and three Corps Districts - Huntington, Pittsburgh, and Baltimore. The project represents the first interagency proposal to receive funding within the State of West Virginia through the Silver Jackets program.
Funding will be utilized to document an Areas of Mitigation Interest (AoMI) framework within Lincoln County. This AoMI framework will better equip local, state, and federal entities in making investment decisions, protecting lives, reducing property damage, and increasing resiliency. The project leverages resources across multiple agencies and could eventually serve as a platform for formalizing a framework within each county in West Virginia. The project is scheduled to kick-off in summer 2015 and will be completed in 2016.