also explored the literature in several disciplines, including and especially literature related to resilience.

2. Identifying practices, gaps, and challenges in current safety practice. The committee considered how current safety practices contribute to community resilience, and in what ways such practices could be improved.

3. Identifying frameworks for resilience building. The committee identified an appropriate model for a resilience framework that could be applied to dam and levee safety programs. The committee particularly focused on the work of the NRC Committee on Private-Public Sector Collaboration to Enhance Community Disaster Resilience tasked with recommending a structure that could enhance private-public collaboration with the objective of increasing community resilience (NRC, 2011a).

4. Developing a vision. The committee considered the potential of dam and levee safety programs for contributing to community and national resilience, and created a new dam- and levee-specific framework for resilience-focused community engagement, and the assessment of that engagement.

5. Considering the role of the federal government in promoting and facilitating resilience-focused activities.


This report addresses how to incorporate concepts of community resilience into dam and levee safety programs and practice. Much of the report is written for dam and levee safety professionals, but the discussion is general and of use to the broader community interested in becoming more resilient. Some background on dam and levee safety practices is provided for those not as familiar. Chapter 2 expands on the definition of community already provided and describes characteristics of resilient communities. Chapter 3 provides a general description of current dam and levee infrastructure, its management, and its governance. Chapter 4 provides the committee’s vision for future management of dam and levee infrastructure. It includes a framework for collaboration with the broader community that is necessary to enhance community resilience. Chapter 5 describes what would be necessary to make that vision a reality and provides the basis of assessing the progress of processes put into place to enhance resilience. Tools and guidance that could be provided at that federal level are also included. Chapter 6 reiterates the committee’s major conclusions related to the cultural shifts necessary to improve dam and levee safety practice to promote community resilience.

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