US flag   Official website of the Department of Homeland Security

Dams Sector Publications, Training, and Resources

Dams Sector

The Dams Sector-Specific Agency engages sector partners, including owners and operators as well as regulators, to develop and make available reference documents, exercises, and training modules that enhance prevention, protection, security, recovery, and resilience capabilities. Several of these publications and tools are listed below along with links to the National Inventory of Dams and National Levee Database managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and National Dam Safety Program led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Several federal guidelines and laws related to the Dams Sector are also listed below.

Dams Sector Reference Documents

The owners, operators, and regulators that comprise the Dams Sector partnership are committed to information sharing to enhance the security of the sector. The following examples of materials prepared by the sector demonstrate that commitment

  • Dams Sector Annual Report
    The annual report updates information on the sector’s efforts to identify and prioritize sector critical infrastructure and coordinate its protection. The report annually assesses progress made on relevant risk reduction activities that effectively improve preparedness, protection, and resilience across the sector.
  • Dams Sector-Specific Plan
    The Dams Sector-Specific Plan (SSP) supports the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) by establishing a coordinated approach to national priorities, goals, and requirements for critical infrastructure protection. The SSP provides the means by which the NIPP is implemented across the sector.
  • Dams Sector Handbooks and Guides
    These publications assist owners and operators in identifying security concerns and indicators of possible threat activity, and reporting those incidents.
  • Dams Sector Brochures
    • Active and Passive Vehicle Barriers (PDF - 9 pages, 1 MB) 
      Provides owners and operators with information on a variety of active and passive vehicle barriers, and properly designing and selecting vehicle barrier systems.
    • Waterside Barriers (PDF - 4 pages, 254 KB) 
      Provides owners and operators information on waterside barriers and their use, maintenance, and effectiveness – elements that must be carefully taken into account when selecting waterside barriers.
    • Personnel Screening (PDF - 4 pages, 240 KB) 
      Suggests elements of personnel screening protocols to reduce the likelihood of insider threats from employees and contractor support.
    • Security Awareness for Levee Owners
      Provides succinct information on surveillance indicators and incident reporting.
    • Physical Security Measures for Levees
      Offers information on physical security measures that a levee owner could employ and the factors affecting the selection of those measures.
  • Dams Sector Templates
    Dams Sector partners provided templates, guidelines, and models to assist other owners and operators in developing the following plans: Continuity of Operations, Cybersecurity, Emergency Action, Exercises, Pandemic, Recovery, and Security.

Dams Web and Print Publications

Dams Tools, Resources, and Training

  • Anti-Terrorist Planner for Dams – Provides information from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers pertaining to this software tool, which estimates potential damages to dams and their critical components by conducting simplified damage assessments and analyses based on generic threat scenarios near or at various sections of the dam.
  • Dams Sector Consequence-Based Top Screen – Provides information pertaining to the methodology, including how it was developed, its primary purpose, and the Web-based tool though which it is implemented.
  • Homeland Security Information Network Dams Portal – Provides information pertaining to the various components within the secure Dams Portal, membership structure, and registration process for new members.
  • Dams Sector Web-based Training Courses – Provides information pertaining to the series of Web-based training courses focused on security awareness, protective measures, and crisis management.
  • Dams Sector Suspicious Activity Reporting Tool – Provides information regarding the online tool that was established to provide sector stakeholders with the capability to report and retrieve information pertaining to suspicious activities that may potentially be associated with pre-incident surveillance, and those activities related to the exploration or targeting of a specific critical infrastructure facility or system.
  • 2010 Dams Sector Exercise Series – Provides information pertaining to the 2010 exercise series, which is being conducted to achieve a greater understanding of the potential impacts associated with significant flooding events along the Green River Valley and to identify those critical infrastructure interdependencies that influence local and regional disruptions.
  • National Inventory of Dams – Information from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers pertaining to the nation’s dams.
  • National Dam Safety Program – A FEMA-led program that is a partnership of the states, federal agencies, and other stakeholders to encourage individual and community responsibility for dam safety.

Federal Guidelines and Legislation Concerning Dams

For more information on the Dams Sector-Specific Agency, contact

Back to Top