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Technical Service Center, Emergency Management and GIS Group

Emergency Action Plans and Exercises

What Should a Dam Manager Do . . .

. . . when unforeseen circumstances put the facility at risk?  Who does the manager call first?  Who second?  What if lives are in danger?  What if the worst should happen?

Sample cover of an EAPThese questions need to be considered calmly and answered logically before any crisis develops.  And the answers should be recorded in a well-organized, easy-to-use Emergency Action Plan (EAP).  The EM Specialists of the Emergency Management and GIS Group have written, reviewed, and revised EAPs for dozens of dams, hydroelectric plants, and other water management facilities, large and small.  Our clients have come not just from within Reclamation but also from several other Federal agencies and from international, State, local, and Tribal organizations.  We know what questions to ask and where to find the answers.

Our specialized knowledge and experience in dam safety engineering, security, operations, maintenance, monitoring, and risk analysis allows us to better train and prepare dam owners and operators for responding to emergencies.  Our staff includes former local emergency managers, whose background experience allows for seamless integration between dam owners and downstream community officials.

Don't Forget to Exercise!

Just like a human body, a good emergency plan needs to be exercised to remain robust.  Our staff has more than 30 years of experience in designing, conducting, and evaluating emergency exercises, including:

  • Orientations
  • Workshops
  • Drills
  • Tabletop Exercises
  • Functional Exercises
  • Full-scale Exercises

Photograph showing a tabletop exercise in progress

Contact Us

To Learn more about our EAP and emergency exercise services, contact one of our Emergency Managers: