Living with Dams: Know Your Risks

Our nation’s dams provide drinking water, power, flood control, recreation and many other benefits. But dams can also pose significant risks to people living downstream should they fail.

There are dams in every U.S state. It is important that you know if you and your loved ones and property may be affected by the presence of a dam and what to do if you are.

This e-booklet was created to help answer questions about dams: what purposes they serve, what risks are associated with dams and where you can get information about how to react if you are affected by a dam.

This e-booklet was prepared by the Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO) in conjunction with and through a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).