The program's purpose is to provide support for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Water Dams and Levees branch in an effort to reach a goal of 100 percent completion of Incident and Emergency Action Plans (IEAPs) on state-regulated dams categorized as High-Hazard Potential (HHP), meaning a breach would threaten loss of life and extensive property damage.
Indiana has 1,084 state-regulated dams, and of those 245 are HHP. As of 2013 only about 40 of those HHP dams have IEAPs. There is compelling need to greatly increase that number of IEAPs for HHP dams over the next few years to assure the health and safety of Indianans who are at risk in the event of a dam failure.
The DamSafetyAction.org website and outreach program is part of an initiative by the National Dam Safety Review Board and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to assist states with significant numbers of HHP dams in their efforts to achieve greater compliance on IEAPs.