Dam Safety Emergency Action Plans—A TVA-State Responsibility

by James T. Price, TVA, USA,
Allen R. Coggins, TVA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Power '87


The Federal Guidelines for Dam Safety requires each dam owner to prepare and maintain emergency action plans (EAP) for each of structure. These plans are necessary (1) to identify problems which could lead to dam failure, (2) to prevent failure, or (3) to minimize the extent and effects of a failure should it occur. The emergency action plans prepared by TVA address their responsibilities and define communications channels. Guidelines are provided to project operators and attendants regarding the actions to be taken in specific dam safety emergencies. This paper, prepared jointly by TVA and Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) officials, addresses their respective rolls and responsibilities and those of local governments and the private sector in the event of a TVA dam emergency. Blue Ridge Dam, located in Blue Ridge, Georgia, has been chosen as an example for this paper. Although it is located in north Georgia, its failure would impact sections of southeast Tennessee, including Polk and Bradley counties. Such potential for shared disaster has necessitated the development of cooperative and coordinated plans by both states and TVA.

Subject Headings: Dam safety | Emergency management | Developing countries | Dam failures | Federal government | Structural systems | Structural safety | Owners | Georgia | Tennessee | United States

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