DVIDS - News - USACE Kansas City District to host exercise at Truman Lake to strengthen dam safety coordination with local authorities

Local emergency management agencies are the front lines of emergency preparedness in your community. You work in close coordination with the US Army Corps of Engineers and other agencies. USACE regularly assesses the conditions and risks associated with our construction projects, which include 18 dams with reservoirs. Eight are in Missouri, eight in Kansas, and one each in Iowa and Nebraska.

A table exercise for the Truman Dam and the communities surrounding and downstream of the lake took place at Lake Truman on September 29, 2021. Representatives from several local and regional emergency management agencies joined USACE to practice scenarios and coordinate communication priorities.

“These exercises are opportunities to identify areas where we can improve our shared responsibility for emergency preparedness and place an emphasis on protecting human life and safety as our top priority,” said Pendo Duku, Dam Safety Program Manager for the Kansas City District.

Run on a 4-year cycle, it informs the joint emergency managers of USACE, the city, and the county, as well as community readiness and how we communicate community readiness efforts in the event of high releases or an extreme, infrequent flood event and coordinate.

The Truman Dam is frequently monitored and is structurally sound and functioning as planned. The dam offers many advantages such as the reduction of the flood risk, the production of hydropower, the water supply, recreational opportunities and others, but also carries a flood risk through operational releases during flood events.

Later this year, the National Dam Inventory – known as the NID – will provide updates on new flood mapping tools for USACE dams to increase knowledge of potential outcomes for community planning and preparation before and during flood events. The NID website is under development and will be released later in 2021.

Local emergency managers commented that the flood maps that will be part of the NID will be very helpful in providing local guides with a visual indication of which buildings and homes could be at risk in the event of a flood event.

Our emergency preparedness is intended to serve the community in the event of floods. The NID will include new content for USACE dams that can help safety professionals, emergency managers, and communities understand the flood risks associated with dams.

For more information, USACE recommends that you visit your local county or city emergency management websites to sign up for cell phone alerts and information.

A description of how the Dam Safety program works can be found in the video at https://youtu.be/qPqimCklK_g.

Recording date: 09/29/2021
Release Date: 09/29/2021 2:22 PM
Story ID: 406314
Location: WARSAW, MO, USA
Hometown: WARSAW, MO, USA
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