Dams are identified in the National Infrastructure Protection Plan as a Critical Infrastructure. Presidential Policy Directive 21 (PPD-21) notes, “Critical infrastructure owners and operators are uniquely positioned to manage risks to their individual operations and assets, and to determine effective strategies to make them more secure and resilient.” Individual efforts to manage risk are enhanced by a collaborative public-private partnership that operates as a unified national effort, as opposed to a hierarchical, command-and-control structure.
Organizations, specific projects, and individuals have taken the call to lead the Dam industry in establishing public safety and security standards & guidelines, enhancing public safety and security and public safety controls, providing education and raising awareness, and staying situationally aware of changing and evolving threats and increased public safety risks. The Physical, Personnel, Information, and Cyber components of a public safety and security practice are challenging enough for traditional buildings and structures, but their application to Dams presents a unique ability that requires professional artistry that shouldn’t go without recognition. It is for this purpose that this recognition was established by the Committee on Public Safety, Security and Emergency Management for Dams.
 DHS NIPP 2013, Partnering for Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience p.1
Recognize an individual, organization, or project for their contributions in any of the public safety and security related areas that follows:
The following ranking criteria will be used by the Selection Committee when evaluating nominations (see attached evaluation form);
In order to qualify for this recognition, please submit a formal, written nomination on or before February 28th of the year in which the nomination is to be considered. The nomination should be no longer than 8 pages including the text, figures, and photographs and should address the following factors:
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