ASFPM Association of State Floodplain Managers


EMI 291 Training, Community Dam Safety, Preparedness & Mitigation, held in California

Feb 25, 2019 | News & Views, What's New

California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and the California Specialized Training Institute teamed up to provide training on dam safety, preparedness and risk mitigation. Dam safety is no longer dam owners’ and operators’ sole responsibility, but a concerted community effort of emergency planners and managers, emergency service providers, land use and transportation planners, community leaders and other community members.

best way to reduce, mitigate or eliminate flood risks resulting from dam operations and dam failure is for the entire community to work together. They have found that dam owners and operators can reduce the effects of a potential dam failure by getting the community, state and federal partners involved. This increases preparedness, reduces potential consequences, improves communications and enhances land use planning.

EMI 291 course was held Dec. 10-13, 2018 in Rancho Cordova, California. It taught 53 attendees how to work together through upfront planning. They learned how to reduce risks and mitigate consequences resulting from a dam failure and recover more effectively in the event of a failure. The goals of the course were to teach about dam safety, preparedness and risk mitigation, and how it relates to understanding risk, land use planning, dam failure consequences, risk communication, preparedness and emergency planning, and response/recovery/mitigation.

course will now help dam owners and operators be better able to work effectively with their communities, federal and state partners, maintain dam safety and effectively prepare in the event of a dam failure or incident.

The course is normally offered at EMI, but through the National Dam Safety Technical Assistance Program was offered via an onsite delivery. How can dam operators/owners in other parts of the country take this course? Through EMI directly or request a local/virtual delivery via the National Dam Safety Technical Assistance Program. It is not offered online traditionally, but through the National Dam Safety Technical Assistance Program it could be delivered via a webinar.