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Resources by Topic: Emergency Action Planning


Having effective Emergency Action Plans (EAPs) at all high and significant hazard potential dams in the United States is critical to reducing the risks of loss of life and property damage from dam failures. EAPs are especially critical at high hazard potential dams that have been found to be unsafe or do not meet current accepted dam safety criteria.


To be proficient in this area one needs to understand and/or have experience in these areas:

  • Emergency Action Planning for Dam Safety
  • Potential Failure Models Analysis (PFMA)
  • EAP Exercises
  • EAPs and Lessons Learned from Case Histories

Classroom and Web-Based Training

ASDSO offers the following courses on this topic:

  • Interactive Preparedness and Emergency Action Planning for Dams (basic)
  • EAP Exercise Design FERC Workshop, held on request

Self-paced Courses:

  • Training Aids for Dam Safety (TADS): A Self-Instructional Study Course in Dam Safety Practices, FEMA 609DVD, is a self-contained, self-paced training course consisting of 21 modules developed by technical experts from federal and state agencies and organized into 3 components: Dam Safety Inspection; Dam Safety Awareness, Organization, and Implementation; and Data Review, Investigation, Analysis and Remedial Actions for Dam Safety. Components applying to emergency action planning are:

For additional training, search the ASDSO Training Calendar.

Guidelines and Suggested References

Some of the most highly recommended resources in this area are listed below. (See also: TADS materials, listed above under "Self-paced Courses.") For additional resources, search the ASDSO Bibliography. Suggested search terms: EAP, emergency action plan, emergency management, inundation, map, ownership, warning

Federal Guidelines

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

  • Safety Evaluation of Existing Dams: A Manual for the Safety Evaluation of Embankment and Concrete Dams. (1992)

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

  • Low Hazard Dams Standing Operating Procedures (2008)
State Guidelines

Alaska Department of Natural Resources

Arizona Department of Water Resources

AZ DWR Surface Water Management. Office of Dam Safety and Flood Mitigation. Dam Safety Section

Arkansas Soil and Water Conservation Commission

Colorado Division of Water Resources

Colorado Division of Water Resources State Engineer's Office

Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection

Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Maryland Department of the Environment

Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation

Nebraska Department of Natural Resources

New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

New York Department of Environmental Conservation. Bureau of Flood Protection and Dam Safety

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

Utah Department of Natural Resources. Division of Water Rights. State Engineer's Office

Washington Department of Ecology

West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

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