Dam Security

Dam Security



Protecting Critical Infrastructure: Dams

ASDSO partners with the US Deparment of Homeland Security to assist the dam community in understanding how dams fit into what's considered "critical infrastructure" and developing tools and guidelines on how to mitigate security risks to the nation's critical dams. The DHS considers dams to be one of the 16 critical infrastructure sectors that form the core of their internal security mission.

The DHS Dams Sector has established goals to improve awareness, prevention, protection, response, and recovery. The eight Dams Sector goals are driven by a desire to reduce the risks to critical assets within the Dams Sector, and to ensure the continued economic use and enjoyment of this nationally critical infrastructure. The eight goals of the Dams Sector are as follows:

  1. Build Dams Sector partnerships and improve communication among all critical infrastructure partners
  2. Identify Dams Sector composition, consequences, and critical assets;
  3. Improve the Dams Sector's understanding of viable threats;
  4. Identify Dams Sector vulnerabilities;
  5. Identify the risks to Dams Sector critical assets;
  6. Develop guidance on how the Dams Sector will manage risks;
  7. Enhance the security and resilience of the Dams Sector through research and development (R&D) efforts; and
  8. Identify and address interdependencies.

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Guidance Documents

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Dams Sector Crisis Management Handbook (2021)

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Dams Sector Active and Passive Vehicle Barriers Guide (2020)

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Dams Sector Personnel Screening Guide for Owners and Operators (2017)

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Dams Sector Waterside Barriers Guide (2017)

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Dams Sector Estimating Economic Consequences for Dam Failure Scenarios (2011)

Dams Sector Fact Sheets

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Dams Sector Resources Fact Sheet (2021)

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Web-based Training Courses Fact Sheet (2021)