U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Dot gov

Official websites use .gov

A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Https

Secure .gov websites use HTTPS

A lock ( ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites..

National Dam Safety Program Publications

The National Dam Safety Program provides a variety of publications, including:

  • Research Needs Workshop Reports
  • Technical Manuals, Guides and Reports
  • Technical Advisories
  • Safety Series Fact Sheets
  • Response and Recovery (R&R) Dam Response Operations Matrices
  • Dam Safety & Risk MAP/Flood Mapping Studies Fact Sheet Series
  • DSS-WISE Fact Sheets
  • FEMA P-1015, Technical Manual: Overtopping Protection for Dams (ZIP, 410MB)

Search for Dam Safety Publications

Search for documents below, or view our pages on Federal Guidelines, National Dam Safety Program Information, Resources for the General Public, or Resources for States.

You can order publications from the FEMA Distribution Center.

file icon

Federal Guidelines for Dam Safety: Selecting and Accommodating Inflow Design Floods for Dams (FEMA Publication No. P-94)

These guidelines provide thorough and consistent procedures for selecting and accommodating inflow design floods (IDFs), the flood flow above which the incremental increase in water surface elevation downstream due to the failure of a dam or other water retaining structure no longer presents an unacceptable additional downstream threat. These guidelines are not intended to provide a complete manual of all procedures for estimating IDFs; the selection of procedures is dependent upon available hydrologic data and individual watershed characteristics.

file icon

Federal Guidelines for Emergency Action Planning for Dams (FEMA Publication No. P-64)

This document provides guidance to help dam owners, in coordination with emergency management authorities, effectively develop and exercise Emergency Action Plans (EAPs) for dams. The purpose of the guidance in this document is to meet that need. This document is an update of FEMA 64, Federal Guidelines for Dam Safety: Emergency Action Planning for Dam Owners (2004).

file icon

Federal Guidelines for Inundation Mapping of Flood Risks Associated with Dam Incidents and Failures

The purpose of this document is to provide dam safety professionals with guidance on how to prepare dam breach inundation modeling studies and conduct mapping that can be used for multiple purposes, including dam safety, hazard mitigation, consequence evaluation, and emergency management including developing EAPs. This guidance is intended to provide a consistent approach that can be applied across the country.

file icon

FEMA P-1014, Overtopping Protection for Dams Brochure

Best Practices for Design,
Construction, Problem Identification
and Evaluation, Inspection,
Maintenance, Renovation, and
Repair.

file icon

FEMA P-1015, Technical Manual: Overtopping Protection for Dams: Ordering Hard Copies, CD, and DVD

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Dam Safety Program sponsored the development of a technical manual, in conjunction with the Bureau of Reclamation, to collect and disseminate useful and relevant information regarding the design, construction, and performance of overtopping protection alternatives for embankment and concrete dams.

file icon

Filters for Embankment Dams - Best Practices for Design and Construction

This document provides procedures and guidance for best practices concerning embankment dam filter design and construction, and represents an effort to collect and disseminate current information and experience having a technical consensus. This document is intended for use by personnel familiar with embankment dams, such as designers, inspectors, construction oversight personnel, and dam safety engineers.

file icon

Final Report on Coordination and Cooperation with the European Union on Embankment Failure Analysis (FEMA 602)

There has been an emphasis in the European Union (EU) community on the investigation of extreme flood processes and the uncertainties related to these processes. Over a 3-year period, the EU and the U.S. dam safety community (1) coordinated their efforts and collected information needed to integrate data and knowledge with U.S. activities and interests related to embankment overtopping and failure analysis; (2) used the data to improve embankment failure analysis methods; and (3) disseminated the results to the U.S. dam safety community. This final report integrates EU and U.S. research findings and results related to earthen embankment overtopping failure over the 3-year period.

file icon

Final Report on Coordination and Cooperation with the European Union on Embankment Failure Analysis (FEMA 602) (Text Version)

There has been an emphasis in the European Union (EU) community on the investigation of extreme flood processes and the uncertainties related to these processes. Over a 3-year period, the EU and the U.S. dam safety community (1) coordinated their efforts and collected information needed to integrate data and knowledge with U.S. activities and interests related to embankment overtopping and failure analysis; (2) used the data to improve embankment failure analysis methods; and (3) disseminated the results to the U.S. dam safety community. This final report integrates EU and U.S. research findings and results related to earthen embankment overtopping failure over the 3-year period.

file icon

Fine Tuning a Piano Key Weir: Spillway Rehabilitation in Peachtree City, Georiga | Randy Bass

2020 NDSP Technical Seminar Presentation
Fine Tuning a Piano Key Weir: Spillway Rehabilitation in Peachtree City, Georgia | Randy Bass

file icon

GIS Tools in Rebuilding a State Dam Safety Program | Jeannie Eidson and Kelsy Grogan

2020 NDSP Technical Seminar Presentation

GIS Tools in Rebuilding a State Dam Safety Program | Jeannie Eidson and Kelsy Grogan