Enhancing Community Readiness for Dambreak Flooding with FEMA
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) Dam Safety and Floodplain Management Division was recently awarded a FEMA grant for Collaborative Technical Assistance (CTA). It will facilitate aiding communities at risk of dam-related flooding to better understand their risk landscape and the potential consequences of dam-related emergencies. The CTA will include planning for emergencies related to operational discharges or dam-related infrastructure failure.
FEMA describes the process as follows: “Participants will engage in a facilitated planning process with community stakeholders to build relationships, develop plans, and collaborate with whole community partners to achieve the goal of increased preparedness to dam-related hazards.” To facilitate the process FEMA offers six sessions including:
- CTA-0 Summary Sheet Overview
- CTA-1 Community Needs Scoping and Introduction
- CTA-2 Dam Risk Consequences/ Lessons Learned
- CTA-3 Stakeholder Engagement and Communication
- CTA-4 Plan Development
- CTA-5 Emergency Action Plan and Emergency Operations Plan Refinement and Approval
- CTA-6 Plan Implementation and Program Evaluation
This paper will share key messages from FEMA and lessons learned from working with localities in Virginia.