Dam and Levee Resources

Dam Safety Warning Signs Best Practices

September 2021

FEMA’s Dam Safety Warning Signs Best Practices is a compilation of existing leading practices from industry leaders including the United States Society on Dams (USSD), Association of State Dam Safety (ASDSO), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Federal Highway Administration (FHA), Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), Canadian Dam Association (CDA), American International Standards Institute (ANSI) and more.

These best practices outline the process for identifying the need for safety signage, designing and implementing the signs and continually monitoring and assessing their effectiveness. This document encourages the use of proven and researched safety signage practices from industry leaders to promote stronger public safety practices around dams and reduce the loss of life.  While readers are encouraged to contact the authority responsible for the dam, in the absence of any standards, this document can be used by any dam owner, operator, regulatory agency or member of the general public who is interested in increasing public safety around dams through the use of safety signage.

Download the Dam Safety Warning Signs Best Practices click here.

Also link to the fema_dam-warning-signs-Fact Sheet

National Dam Safety Program Publications

variety of publications to include federal guidelines, technical manuals and fact sheets.

Levee Publications and Resources

Link to read about levees and risk and so that you can easily print.

Living with Levees

Link to Living With Levees

To help understand the realities of levee risk, FEMA provides community outreach tools and construction guidelines related to levee risk.



High Water Mark Initiative

Link to High Water Mark Initiative

The High Water Mark Initiative is a community-based awareness program that increases local communities’ awareness of flood risk and encourages action to mitigate that risk.



FEMA’s Tools and Templates

Use FEMA’s tools and templates to better understand the relationship between levees, flood risks and insurance.