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FEMA Media Library

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The National Dam Safety Program Research Needs Workshop: Risk Assessment for Dams

This workshop report presents the detailed discussions of federal, state, and private sector experts on the three areas of risk assessment applications for dam safety: failure modes identification (qualitative approaches); portfolio risk assessment and index prioritization approaches (prioritization and portfolio approaches); and detailed quantitative approaches. The workshop participants recognized that stakeholders will have different information needs for their dam safety decisions. As a result, information that may play an essential role in a dam owner’s decision-making process may not be needed by a regulator who oversees the dam owner’s decision outcomes. Because the information needs of organizations vary widely, the workshop report acknowledges that it is not feasible for a single risk assessment approach to meet the needs of all organizations

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The National Dam Safety Program Research Needs Workshop: Impacts of Plants and Animals on Earthen Dams (FEMA 540)

Several areas for future development related to the impacts of plants and animals on earthen dams are documented in this report, including (1) the development of tools to educate dam owners and engineers on how to spot problems caused by plant and animal penetrations, how to prevent these problems from occurring, and how to mitigate or repair existing problems; (2) the analysis of tools and methods for repairing animal burrows on dams; and (3) collaboration with other groups, such as federal wildlife agencies that have research programs in place.

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DCNR Loyalsock State Forest Alternate Project DR 4292 Final EA

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (DCNR) has applied through the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) grant program for funding assistance, under the Presidentially Declared Disaster FEMA-4292-DR-PA, for the reconstruction of five road sites in Sullivan and Lycoming Counties, Pennsylvania. The project proposes to use the Alternative Procedures program, Section 428, to construct the roads in a new alignment. In accordance with FEMA Directive 108-1 and FEMA Instruction 108-1-1, this Environmental Assessment (EA) is being prepared pursuant to Section 102 of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as implemented by the regulations promulgated by the President’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) in 40 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Parts 1500-1508. The purpose of the EA is to analyze the potential environmental impacts of the proposed project, and to determine whether to prepare a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) or an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

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Dam Safety in the United States: A Progress Report on the National Dam Safety Program Fiscal Years 2012 and 2013

In FY 2012 and 2013, the NDSP was guided by FEMA P-916, Strategic Plan for the National Dam Safety Program Fiscal Years 2012 through 2016. The progress that has been made in dam safety and in achieving the five goals set forth in the Strategic Plan during FY 2012 and 2013 is described in this report.

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The National Dam Safety Program: 25 Years of Excellence (FEMA L-262)

FEMA has provided leadership of the National Dam Safety Program for over 25 years. This brochure provides the general public with an overview of FEMA’s role as lead agency and the responsibilities of the federal agencies that own, regulate, operate, and maintain dams. The brochure also describes the benefits of dams, including irrigation, electric power generation, flood control, and water storage.

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FEMA Level Analysis Triangle

Infographic on how Hazus risk analyses. Hazus risk analyses are categorized as Basic or Advanced, depending on the level of effort and expertise required by the user. The higher the level, stopping at level 3, the more user data and sophistication.

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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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Dam Safety in the United States: A Progress Report on the National Dam Safety Program Fiscal Years 2006 and 2007 (FEMA P-759)

FEMA P-759
This biennial report describes the progress of the NDSP in FY 2006 and 2007. This report also focuses on what must be accomplished over the short- and long-term to protect the American public from dam failure, including legislative changes to be implemented in the next reauthorization of the NDSP.

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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 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).