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Dams Sector Resources

The Dams Sector has worked closely with the Critical Infrastructure Partnership Advisory Council (CIPAC) to develop reference documents and tools focused on the enhancement of prevention, protection, security, recovery, and resilience capabilities across the nation. Reference documents and tools include both open source and those designated as ‘For Official Use Only’ (FOUO). Resources available to stakeholders representing organizations and agencies associated with the Dams Sector include handbooks, guides, brochures, fact sheets, and analytical tools.

This fact sheet provides a brief description and access information for the various reference documents and analytical tools developed by the Dams Sector, as well as additional resources of importance.

The CIPAC framework facilitates effective coordination between federal infrastructure protection programs and infrastructure protection activities of state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, and the private sector.
More about CIPAC.

Reference documents and tools include both open source materials and resources designated as ‘For Official Use Only’ (FOUO). These include handbooks, guides, brochures, fact sheets, and analytical tools.

Strategic Documents

National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP)
Provides the unifying structure for the integration of a wide range of efforts for the enhanced protection and resilience of the Nation’s critical infrastructure and key resources (CIKR) into a single national program. The overarching goal of the plan is to build a safer, more secure, and more resilient America by preventing, deterring, neutralizing, or mitigating the effects of deliberate efforts by terrorists to destroy, incapacitate, or exploit elements of the Nation’s CIKR and to strengthen national preparedness, timely response, and rapid recovery in the event of an attack, natural disaster, or other emergency.

Dams Sector-Specific Plan (FOUO)
Supports the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) by establishing a coordinated approach to national priorities, goals, and requirements for critical infrastructure protection.The Dams Sector-Specific Plan provides the means by which the NIPP is implemented across the sector, as well as a national framework to address the sector’s unique characteristics and risk landscape.
Available via the HSIN-CS Dams Portal.

Dams Sector Annual Report (FOUO)
Provides information pertaining to the Dams Sector’s efforts to identify, prioritize, and coordinate critical infrastructure protection. The Dams Sector-Specific Agency coordinates with Dams Sector Coordinating Councils to develop annual reports on the sector’s critical infrastructure protection efforts.
Available via the HSIN-CS Dams Portal.

Handbooks

Dams Sector Security Awareness Handbook (FOUO)
Assists in identifying security concerns, coordinating proper response, and establishing effective partnerships with local law enforcement and first responder communities.
Available via the HSIN-CS Dams Portal.

Dams Sector Protective Measures Handbook (FOUO)
Assists in selecting protective measures addressing the physical, cyber, and human elements; includes recommendations for developing site security plans.
Available via the HSIN-CS Dams Portal.

Dams Sector Crisis Management Handbook (PDF - 84 pages, 1.15 MB)
Provides information relating to emergency response and preparedness issues; includes recommendations for developing emergency action plans and site recovery plans.

Guides

Dams Sector Security Awareness Guide (PDF -20 pages, 1.77)
A non-FOUO version of the Dam Sector Security Awareness Handbook to allow for wider distribution to owners/operators.

Dams Sector Security Awareness Guide for Levees (PDF - 20 pages, 2.93 MB)
Assists in identifying security concerns, coordinating proper response, and establishing effective partnerships with local law enforcement and first responder communities.

Dams Sector Active and Passive Vehicle Barriers Guide (PDF - 9 pages, 1 MB)
Provides information on a variety of active and passive vehicle barriers.

Dams Sector Waterside Barriers Guide (PDF - 4 pages, 254 KB)
Provides information on waterside barriers, including their use and maintenance.

Personnel Screening Guide for Owners and Operators (PDF - 4 pages, 240 KB)
Provides information that assists in developing and implementing personnel screening protocols.

Dams Sector Pandemic Influenza Planning Guide
Assists sector stakeholders in contingency planning for a catastrophic pandemic influenza.
Available via the HSIN-CS Dams Portal.

Brochures

Dams Sector Overview
Provides information regarding the Dams Sector, including the partnership framework with which the sector operates, and some of the reference documents developed by the sector.

Security Awareness for Levee Owners
Provides succinct information on surveillance indicators and incident reporting.

Physical Security Measures for Levees
Provides information on physical security measures that a levee owner could employ and the factors affecting the selection of those measures.

Fact Sheets

Dams Sector Councils
Provides information pertaining to the partnership framework with which the sector operates, as well as a list of Dams Sector Council members.
Available via the HSIN-CS Dams Portal.

HSIN-CS Dams Portal
Provides information pertaining to the various components within the Dams Portal, membership structure, and registration process for new members.

Dams Sector Consequence-Based Top Screen
Provides information pertaining to the Consequence-Based Top Screen methodology, including how it was developed, its primary purpose, and the Web-based tool with which it is implemented.

Dams Sector Suspicious Activity Reporting Tool
Provides information regarding the online Suspicious Activity Reporting tool within the HSIN-CS Dams Portal that was established to provide sector stakeholders with the capability to report and retrieve information pertaining to suspicious activities potentially associated with pre-incident surveillance or the exploration or targeting of a specific critical infrastructure facility or system. Available via the HSIN-CS Dams Portal.

Contact

For additional information pertaining to Dams Sector resources, please contact the Dams Sector-Specific Agency at dams@dhs.gov.

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