Emergency Action Planning



Dam Owner Responsibilities

Dam Owner Responsibilities

Getting Help with an EAP

There are many resources available to dam owners to help them pull together the extensive information required for a thorough EAP.

Use EAP Resources

Online EAP Forms

MS Word download The Dam Safety Program page on The Division of Land Resources website provides information on a number of topics, including:

  • New EAP Template for Dams of Any Size
  • NC SIMS Methodology (New! 14 December 2010)
  • Workshop for Dam Owners and Emergency Managers (14 December 2010)

PDF document Lists of NC County Emergency Managers

The best way for a dam owner to begin is by drawing on the expertise of state and county officials who will be part of the EAP team. Locally, this is the city or county Emergency Management Director or Coordinator (EMD). The EMD will know how and where to gather much of the information needed, other professionals who can be called upon for help, and precisely which details are most important to gather first. Priorities can be established, and a reasonable timetable for completion of the EAP can be developed. The county courthouse or city hall will have the name and contact information for the EMD.

The North Carolina Division of Emergency Management has posted a “County Points of Contact” list of emergency management offices. The Division also has posted a list of links to county emergency management websites. The North Carolina Emergency Managers Association has posted a list of county Emergency Managers that includes names and email addresses as well as phone numbers and addresses.

Another good starting point is the North Carolina Dam Safety Program central office in Raleigh, where the state dam safety regulatory team is headquartered and provides several tools to help with EAPs. These include the new EAP Template (form) for Dams of Any Size for use in creating EAPs .For more information on the form and its use, contact the Dam Safety Program.

Dam owners may wish to contact Dam Safety Program central office staff, who provide technical assistance, administrative oversight of the Regional Offices, educational activities and enforcement.

By Mail:
1612 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1612

By Personal Appointment:
Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources, Division of Land Resources - Land Quality
512 North Salisbury Street
Raleigh, NC 27604-1148

By Phone: (919) 733-4574

By eMail:

Dam owners may start with a more local contact through the Dam Safety Program’s regional office staff.

Asheville Regional Office
Address: 2090 U.S. Highway 70, Swannanoa, NC 28778
Voice: 828.296.4500
Facsimile: 828.299.7043
Regional Engineer:

Fayetteville Regional Office
Address: 225 Green Street, (Systel Building), Suite 714, Fayetteville, NC 28301-5094
Voice: 910.433.3300
Facsimile: 910.486.0707
Regional Engineer:

Mooresville Regional Office
Address: 610 East Center Ave., Mooresville, NC 28115
Voice: 704.663.1699
Facsimile: 704.663.6040
Regional Engineer:

Raleigh Regional Office
Address: 1628 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1626 or 3800 Barett Drive, Raleigh, NC 27609
Voice: 919.791.4200
Facsimile: 919.571.4718

Washington Regional Office
Address: 943 Washington Square Mall, Washington, NC 27889
Voice: 252.946.6481
Facsimile: 252.975.3716
Regional Engineer:

Wilmington Regional Office
Address: 127 Cardinal Drive Extension, Wilmington, NC 28405
Voice: 910.796.7215
Facsimile: 910.350.2004
Regional Engineer:

Winston-Salem Regional Office
Address: 585 Waughtown Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27107
Voice: 336.771.5000
Facsimile: 336.771.4630
Regional Engineer:

At the national level, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO) provide educational materials for dam owners. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service also provides help with EAPs for dams that included NRCS (or its predecessor Soil Conservation Service) funds or involvement.

When it comes time to sit down and create the EAP, there often will be no better partner than the county or city Emergency Management Director. EMDs are the key local contact in the event of an emergency and must have a copy of the plan on file.