Information Needs for Dam Safety

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Information needs for dam safety extend from those in Congress who set national priorities and allocate fiscal resources to those of the dam owner and engineer involved in inspections, operations and maintenance, dam safety modifications and other day-to-day activities of maintaining safe, economically viable facilities and environmentally responsible structures.

A primary objective of FEMA in its leadership of the National Dam Safety Program (NDSP) is to identify, develop and enhance technology-based tools that can help educate the public and assist decision-makers. These tools include:

  • Geospatial Dam Break, Rapid EAP Consequences and Hazards GIS  Toolkit and User Manual DVD (FEMA P-1010)
    This DVD has a suite of ArcGIS tools designed to support the development of simplified dam break studies, Risk Mapping, Assessment and Planning (Risk MAP) datasets, loss of life assessments, Emergency Action Plans (EAPs) and EAP map panel creation.  This version of GeoDam-BREACH can be used for various workflows including: Simplified Dam Break Studies, Risk MAP Datasets, Loss of Life Assessment, EAP Map Panel Creation and EAP Development. The Users Guide is a part of the CD.   Dam Safety officials across America is the targeted audience.  (2014)

  • National Inventory of Dams, a computerized database of U.S. dams used to track information on our water control infrastructure, land use management, floodplain management, risk management and emergency action planning.

  • Dam Safety Program Management Tools, an information collection and management system used by federal and state dam safety program managers to provide as-requested and periodic information on local dam safety information, program needs and accomplishments within each organization's jurisdiction.
  • National Performance of Dams Program, a national effort headquartered at Stanford University to retrieve, archive and disseminate information on dams and their performance in the United States.
  • National Dam Safety Program Startegic Plan (FEMA Publication No. P-916): This Strategic Plan for the National Dam Safety Program (NDSP) for Fiscal Years (FY) 2012 through 2016 was developed to present the goals and objectives established by FEMA and its partners in the NDSP to reduce the hazards from dam failures and demonstrate the benefits of dams in the United States.
  • National Dam Safety Program Annual Year in Review 2012 (FEMA Publication No. B-821): This Year-in-Review provides the National Dam Safety Program’s (NDSP’s) progress in 2012 along with important accomplishments that continue across all program elements, including state assistance, research, training and the alignment of the program within the emergency management and resilience frameworks.
  • Dam and Levee Safety and Community Resilience: A Vision for Future Practice (2012) : This publication was created by the National Research Council of the National Academies.  It describes a tool for assessing stakeholder engagement that can also gauge and document a community’s progress towards greater resilience. Broadening dam and levee safety programs to consider  priorities in decision making can help reduce the risk of and increase community resilience to,  potential dam and levee failures.

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Last Updated: 
08/21/2014 - 18:04
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