Emergency Action Plans & Lessons Learned from Recent Disasters – EBC Dam Management Webinar


Date: May 21, 2024


Phone: (617) 505-1818

Email: [email protected]


Virtual Event

Information for viewing the webinar will be shared with registered attendees in a confirmation email.

Accessibility: EBC is committed to providing an environment that is accessible to individuals with disabilities. If you need a disability-related accommodation, or have other questions, please contact us at [email protected].

This EBC Dam Management webinar will explore best practices for dam emergency action plans (EAPs) and lessons learned from recent storm events and dam-related emergencies in New England.

During the EBC Annual Briefing by the New England Dam Safety Directors in February, we learned about several state dam safety programs in the area, many of which require an EAP for High and Significant Hazard dams. This webinar will provide more in-depth information and resources for dam owners regarding the development, maintenance, and use of EAPs. During this webinar, we will hear from experts regarding the benefits and limitations of templatized EAPs, the advantages of evaluating various high flow and dam-breach scenarios, helpful information to include on inundation mapping, the importance of EAP exercises, and lessons learned from the 2023 floods in Vermont and Leominster, MA. The webinar will also include a presentation by FEMA regarding the Dam Emergencies Collaborative Technical Assistance (CTA) Program. The purpose of this program is to help communities at risk of dam-related flooding better understand their risk landscape and the potential consequences of dam-related emergencies.

We will conclude with a moderated panel discussion based on topics of interest and questions from the audience.

General Continuing Education Certificates are awarded by the EBC for this program (2.5 training contact hours). Certificates are automatically provided via email link for registered attendees at the conclusion of the webinar.

Additional information can be found under the tabs above.
Speaker Agenda:

Too Close for Comfort – Flooding and Dam Emergencies: VT Dam Safety Program’s Prospective

  • Benjamin Green, P.E., Section Chief, Dam Safety Program, Water Investment Division, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (VT DEC)

Dam it, be prepared!  – Case Study of 2023 Flooding in Leominster, MA

  • Anders Bjarngard, Principal, GZA
  • Chris Haker, Vice President, Tighe & Bond

Dam Safety Collaborative Technical Assistance: Increasing Resilience and Transforming Emergency Preparedness

  • Mike Hemphill, Collaborative Technical Assistance Program Manager
  • Alesia M. Za Gara, PMP, President, Creative Engagement Solutions (CES)

Moderated Discussion

Program Chairs:
  • Jessica DeBellis, PE, Senior Engineer, Tighe & Bond
  • Ann Houseman, PE, Senior Principal Engineer, Hazen & Sawyer

Available PowerPoint presentations from the Emergency Action Plans & Lessons Learned from Recent Disasters – EBC Dam Management Webinar will be posted to this event page five business days after the conclusion of the webinar.

EBC does not guarantee that each speaker presentation will be posted.

Webinar Recording

Registered Attendees

All registered attendees receive the link to the webinar recording five business days after the conclusion of the webinar. If you are a registered attendee and did not receive the webinar recording, please contact the EBC office.

EBC does not guarantee that each speaker presentation will be recorded.

EBC Members

The webinar recording is available to EBC Members via the Info Hub. If you are an employee of an EBC Member Company and cannot access the Info Hub, please contact the EBC Office.


Non-Members are welcome to register and pay the Non-Member registration rate to receive access to the webinar recording.

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