Emergency Action Planning



About EAPs

About EAPs

Texas EAP Form and Examples

The Texas Dam Safety Program’s new Guidelines for Developing Emergency Action Plans for Dams in Texas (PDF) (DOC) includes an overview of the basic format for a comprehensive EAP.

The document also includes examples of EAPs for small, intermediate, and large dams. Any of those sizes of dams could be a Significant-Hazard or a High-Hazard Potential dam. The examples show how the complexity and detail needed in the EAP will vary according to what’s in the inundation zone – the number of people at risk, homes, businesses, transportation and communications links, nursing homes, hospitals, schools, and other important structures.

For more information on EAP format and content contact the Dam Safety Program.


USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service provided an EAP for a dam built under its cost-sharing programs. It is a High-Hazard Potential dam. Because the dam was originally built as part of a USDA conservation cost-sharing program, an EAP was required by USDA. The EAP includes four inundation maps, each showing a segment of the area that would be reached by the wave front if the dam failed. One of these maps is in Inundation Map Samples section of this website.

In reproducing this EAP with permission of USDA, the name and identifying information about the dam were deleted, as were names, addresses, and phone numbers of persons listed in the notification lists, and signatures of those who received copies of the EAP.


The Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO) has made available a sample of a comprehensive EAP that was prepared for a dam in Oklahoma. The contents and level of detail in the sample are similar to what should be found in a Texas EAP for a HHP dam.