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Emergency planning and risk communications in the event of a dam failure : a case study of the Lievre River watershed in Quebec; Planification des interventions et communication des risques en cas de rupture de barrages : cas du bassin de la Riviere du Lievre au Quebec

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Abstract

This paper provided an outline of risk management and communications strategies used by the Centre d'Expertise Hydrique du Quebec (CEHQ) in its dam safety program. The CEHQ manages, monitors and maintains dams in Quebec. Dam monitoring occurs on a yearly basis for high capacity dams. The Quebec Dam Safety Act (DSA) requires that each dam owner whose consequence category is assessed at moderate or higher to draw up an emergency action plan which is then supplied to the municipality where the dam is located. If an emergency occurs, a communication process is established between the CEHQ, the Municipal Civil Security Organization (OMSC) and the Quebec Ministry of Public Security (MSP). The emergency communications procedure was adopted by CEHG to clarify to the roles and responsibilities of each organization involved. CEHG's emergency planning committee is comprised of municipal agencies, dam officials, and a range of other partners. The committee was formed after a study conducted in 1997 which investigated the effects of flooding in the La Lievre watershed. Emergency planning for the municipalities involved has taken place in 6 steps, 5 of which have been put in place. The committee is currently preparing its risk communication strategy as the final stage  More>>
Authors:
Sassi, T [1] 
  1. Quebec Ministere du Developpement durable, de l'Environnement et des Parcs, Quebec, PQ (Canada). Centre d'Expertise Hydrique
Publication Date:
Jul 01, 2006
Product Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: The Canadian Dam Association's 2004 annual conference : dams : past, present and future, Quebec City, PQ (Canada), 30 Sep - 5 Oct 2006; Other Information: PDF Sassi 060. Abstract in English and French; The proceedings are available on a CD-ROM occupying 211 MB for viewing with Acrobat Reader. It is accompanied by an 84 page program booklet containing abstracts in English and French; Related Information: In: Proceedings of the Canadian Dam Association's 2006 annual conference : dams : past, present and future, [1000] pages.
Subject:
13 HYDRO ENERGY; 42 ENGINEERING; 29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; DAMS; SAFETY ENGINEERING; EMERGENCY PLANS; LOCAL GOVERNMENT; ADVISORY COMMITTEES; COMMUNICATIONS; PUBLIC INFORMATION; EDUCATIONAL TOOLS; URBAN AREAS
Sponsoring Organizations:
Quebec Ministere du Developpment durable, de l'Environnment et des Parc, Quebec, PQ (Canada). Centre d'Expertise Hydrique; Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa, ON (Canada); Hydro-Quebec, Montreal, PQ (Canada); Alcan International Ltd., Montreal, PQ (Canada); Genivar, Montreal, PQ (Canada); Manitoba Hydro, Winnipeg, MB (Canada); Quebec Ministere des Ressources naturelles, de la Faune et des Parcs, Quebec, PQ (Canada); SNC-Lavalin, Montreal, PQ (Canada); Ontario Power Generation Inc., Toronto, ON (Canada) (and others)
OSTI ID:
20881719
Research Organizations:
Canadian Dam Association, Edmonton, AB (Canada)
Country of Origin:
Canada
Language:
French
Other Identifying Numbers:
TRN: CA0701232
Availability:
Available from the Canadian Dam Association, P.O. Box 4490, South Edmonton Postal Station, Edmonton, Alberta, T6E 4X7
Submitting Site:
CANM
Size:
page(s) 1-4
Announcement Date:
Jun 14, 2007

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Citation Formats

Sassi, T. Emergency planning and risk communications in the event of a dam failure : a case study of the Lievre River watershed in Quebec; Planification des interventions et communication des risques en cas de rupture de barrages : cas du bassin de la Riviere du Lievre au Quebec. Canada: N. p., 2006. Web.
Sassi, T. Emergency planning and risk communications in the event of a dam failure : a case study of the Lievre River watershed in Quebec; Planification des interventions et communication des risques en cas de rupture de barrages : cas du bassin de la Riviere du Lievre au Quebec. Canada.
Sassi, T. 2006. "Emergency planning and risk communications in the event of a dam failure : a case study of the Lievre River watershed in Quebec; Planification des interventions et communication des risques en cas de rupture de barrages : cas du bassin de la Riviere du Lievre au Quebec." Canada.
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title = {Emergency planning and risk communications in the event of a dam failure : a case study of the Lievre River watershed in Quebec; Planification des interventions et communication des risques en cas de rupture de barrages : cas du bassin de la Riviere du Lievre au Quebec}
author = {Sassi, T}
abstractNote = {This paper provided an outline of risk management and communications strategies used by the Centre d'Expertise Hydrique du Quebec (CEHQ) in its dam safety program. The CEHQ manages, monitors and maintains dams in Quebec. Dam monitoring occurs on a yearly basis for high capacity dams. The Quebec Dam Safety Act (DSA) requires that each dam owner whose consequence category is assessed at moderate or higher to draw up an emergency action plan which is then supplied to the municipality where the dam is located. If an emergency occurs, a communication process is established between the CEHQ, the Municipal Civil Security Organization (OMSC) and the Quebec Ministry of Public Security (MSP). The emergency communications procedure was adopted by CEHG to clarify to the roles and responsibilities of each organization involved. CEHG's emergency planning committee is comprised of municipal agencies, dam officials, and a range of other partners. The committee was formed after a study conducted in 1997 which investigated the effects of flooding in the La Lievre watershed. Emergency planning for the municipalities involved has taken place in 6 steps, 5 of which have been put in place. The committee is currently preparing its risk communication strategy as the final stage in its emergency planning strategy. The purpose of the strategy is to both inform and create a greater sense of responsibility among members of the public. Several campaigns have been launched to inform citizens of the potential risks involved if any of the 17 dams which form part of the Lievre basin are breached. Dam officials are also planning to hold public meetings to inform citizens of the municipal zones and buildings at greater risk of flooding. It was concluded that the risk communication strategy adopted by the CEHQ will help municipalities, individuals, and communities to prepare adequate and informed emergency plans. 5 refs., 1 fig.}
place = {Canada}
year = {2006}
month = {Jul}
}