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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.

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Innovation in Colorado | Kallie Bauer

2019 NDSP Technical Seminar Presentation

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Living With Dams: Know Your Risks (FEMA P-956)

Living With Dams: Know Your Risks is a booklet designed to help answer questions about dams: what purposes they serve, associated risks, guidance for those living near dams, and where to find further information. The booklet provides a general overview of dams and dam safety, and answers the following questions: Why should I care about dams? What are the risks associated with dams? Could I be affected by a dam? What is the dam failure flood inundation area? Once I determine that my property is in a dambreak inundation area, what's next?

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Local Perspective: Information Sharing for Emergency Response | Josh Cox - Vermont Emergency Management

2019 NDSP Technical Seminar Presentation

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National Dam Safety Program - Strategic Plan 2012-2016 (FEMA P-916)

This Strategic Plan for the National Dam Safety Program (NDSP) for Fiscal Years (FY) 2012 through 2016 was developed on behalf of the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as required by the Dam Safety Act of 2006 (33 U.S. Code [U.S.C.] § 467 et seq., as amended).

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National Dam Safety Program - Year in Review 2012 (FEMA B-821)

FEMA B-821. National Dam Safety Program Year-in-Review 2012: Setting the Stage

Many important accomplishments were achieved during 2012 including participation in National Dam Safety Awareness Day, publication of the new Strategic Plan, and development of a geographic information system toolset as well as Federal Guidelines for Inundation Mapping of Flood Risks Associated with Dam Incidents and Failures

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National Dam Safety Program - Year in Review 2013

FEMA P-1038. National Dam Safety Program Year-in-Review 2013: Setting the Stage

Many important accomplishments were achieved during 2013 including participation in National Dam Safety Awareness Day and publication of the Federal Guidelines for Inundation Mapping of Flood Risks Associated with Dam Incidents and Failures (FEMA P-946).

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National Dam Safety Program - Year in Review 2014–2015

FEMA P-1073

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National Dam Safety Program - Year in Review 2016

South Carolina White Paper, DSS-WISE Lite, regional roll-out of grants, NID update, Biennial Report to Congress, NDSP overview fact sheet, and Pocket Guide update.

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National Dam Safety Program - Year in Review 2017

For 30 years, the Federal government has used the National Dam Safety Program (NDSP) to protect Americans from dam failure. The NDSP is a partnership of the States, Federal agencies, and other stakeholders that encourages and promotes the establishment and maintenance of effective Federal and state dam safety programs to reduce the risks to human life, property, and the environment from dam related hazards.

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National Dam Safety Program - Year in Review 2018 and 2019

For 30 years, the Federal government has used the National Dam Safety Program (NDSP) to protect Americans from dam failure. The NDSP is a partnership of the States, Federal agencies, and other stakeholders that encourages and promotes the establishment and maintenance of effective Federal and state dam safety programs to reduce the risks to human life, property, and the environment from dam related hazards.