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National Dam Safety Awareness Day

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National Dam Safety Awareness Day seeks to encourage and promote individual and community responsibility and best practices for dam safety, as well as what steps can be taken to prevent catastrophic dam failures.

Date: May 31, 2021

Time: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM

Important Date

Event Details

Dam Safety Awareness Day on May 31 was established to commemorate the failure of the South Fork Dam in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The Johnstown disaster was the worst dam failure in the history of the United States, with over 2,200 lives lost. National Dam Safety Awareness Day seeks to encourage and promote individual and community responsibility and best practices for dam safety, as well as what steps can be taken to prevent catastrophic dam failures. Another goal is to promote the benefits dams offer to communities.

Get Involved

  1. Event planning checklist – A list of things to consider when planning your local dam safety event.
  2. Key messages – A list of short talking points to help start conversations about dam safety.
  3. Template news release – A pre-approved news release with standard boilerplate language for use by local champions in promoting National Dam Safety Awareness Day. Also included is guidance for engaging members of the media.
  4. Web and social media content – Suggested content for promoting local events on your website complemented by sharing your stories and/or photos with us by using the #DamSafetyDay hashtag on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
  5. Activities for kids – FEMA has prepared a list of suggested activities for engaging children, which helps kids to be more risk-aware. It is also a good way to engage their parents and other family members.