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Public Safety, Security, and Emergency Management for Dams Recognition

Dams are identified in the National Infrastructure Protection Plan as a Critical Infrastructure. Presidential Policy Directive 21 (PPD-21) notes, “Critical infrastructure owners and operators are uniquely positioned to manage risks to their individual operations and assets, and to determine effective strategies to make them more secure and resilient.” Individual efforts to manage risk are enhanced by a collaborative public-private partnership that operates as a unified national effort, as opposed to a hierarchical, command-and-control structure.[1] Organizations, projects, and individuals have taken the call to lead the Dam industry in establishing public safety and security standards. By staying situationally aware of evolving threats, leaders have enhanced public safety and security through controls, education and raising awareness. The physical, personnel, information, and cyber components of a public safety and security practice are challenging enough for traditional buildings and structures, but their application to dams presents a unique ability that requires professional artistry that shouldn’t go without recognition. It is for this purpose that this recognition was established by the Committee on Public Safety, Security and Emergency Management for Dams. [1] DHS NIPP 2013, Partnering for Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience p.1


Recognize an individual, organization, or project for their contributions in any of the public safety, security and emergency management related to the following areas.

Innovative contributions in adapting public safety, security and/or emergency management to a dam project or water retention structure.

Supporting or leading public safety, security, and/or emergency management education related to the dam industry.

Contribution to and participation in various public safety, security, and/or emergency management related committees.

Demonstrated related program(s) that illustrate a standard for the industry to adopt, in any or all the areas of public safety, security, and/or emergency management.

Share experiences and best practices to prevent a public safety and/or security incident or repeat of an incident.

Commitment to personnel awareness and training on matters of public safety, security, and/or emergency management.

Serve as an example and encourage advancement in public safety, security, and/or emergency management through presentation of cases of excellence, best practices, and programmatic approaches.

Nomination Guidelines

Identify at least one of the six purposes above for which the recognition is being made. Provide as specific as possible those attributes associated with the identified purpose that merits recognition (i.e., in what way is this special compared to the industry). Provide illustrations, examples, or sources that can be referenced that support the recognition of the individual, organization, or project as related to public safety and/or security. Provide an individual resume, or organization/project profile that can provide the background for supporting the nomination to the review committee for the “Public Safety and Security of Dams Recognition.” Highlight any or all items that support the recognition packet that include public safety and/or security related education and training both internal and external to the associated organization, or improvements made or challenges faced, possibly as a result of a public safety and security incident. Nomination should be no longer than 8-pages including text, figures, and photographs. Outline all companies or organizations that contributed to project

Criteria for evaluating nominations:

The USSD Awards Committee has objective and non-discriminatory criteria by which each application is evaluated and judged. Overall scoring will be based upon the following criteria:

Contributions or attributes that support a dam public safety, security and/or emergency management program

Improvements made and/or challenges faced that contributed to the public safety, security, and/or emergency management program in the fields of physical, personnel, information, and/or cyber security related to the dam sector

Means and methods taken to ensure conformance of a good public safety, security, and/or emergency management program for dams

Education and training that provided the basis of supporting a public safety, security, and/or emergency management program

Documentation and structure case presented in support of the recognition nomination packet

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