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Residents of areas that could be affected by a dam failure or operational incident have a risk of loss of life, injuries, and damage to property from a failure or operational incident. Dam owners and operators need to plan and coordinate with local emergency managers and first responders in order to be prepared should an incident occur at their dam. Lives and property can be protected through proper emergency planning and management.

Understanding Risk


Best Practices Resources

Emergency Operations Planning: Dam Incident Planning Guide (FEMA P-508), FEMA

Engineering Guidelines for the Evaluation of Hydropower Projects: Chapter 6- Emergency Action Plans, FERC

Emergency Action Planning for Dams (FEMA P-64), FEMA


Dam Owner Academy: Emergency Planning

Technical Seminar: Improving Emergency Operations for Dam and Levee Failures and Incidents


Revision ID: 7343
Revision Date: 07/21/2023