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Risk Mitigation (Site Security)

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"Owners, operators, and government agencies all have an important role to play in ensuring the safe and secure operation of dams and the reliable continuity of their benefits. A number of efforts can be pursued to enhance the safety, security, and resilience of these types of facilities while instilling public confidence in their operations. These efforts may range from actual physical modifications and cybersecurity measures to operational improvements and incident response planning activities. In particular, the increasing reliance on industrial control systems to direct physical processes and the use of connected technologies to remotely monitor operations heightens the importance of planning for incidents impacting both the physical and cyber domains."[1]

"Dam owners can enhance the overall resilience of their facilities through the development of plans to guide emergency response, crisis communication, rapid restoration, and continuity of operations. In general, these plans describe response actions that the facility will take for incidents and scenarios of concern. An integrated crisis management program inclusive of these plans serves as an overarching framework outlining how the facility will respond to an emergency or incident, regardless of the event or triggering source. Crisis management programs are intrinsically linked to the risk management strategies adopted by the organization as they focus on minimizing safety and economic impacts, limiting operational disruptions, and achieving prompt recovery."[1]


Revision ID: 7839
Revision Date: 03/28/2024