Reservoir Emergency Planning

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It is good practice for the owners and operators of reservoirs to prepare and test an on-site emergency flood plan. The Toddbrook incident in August 2019 highlighted the value of such plans. Since April 2021, such plans and testing have become a mandatory requirement for all large raised reservoirs in England.

This course covers key emergency planning principles, the development and review of flood plans and how to plan and deliver testing of these plans.

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This course is aimed at reservoir owners and managers and current and prospective reservoir panel engineers and those involved in developing and testing reservoir emergency plans.

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Follow the requirements of emergency planning for reservoirs as set out in the Civil Contingencies Act
  • Determine when a flood plan is needed and what its objectives need to be
  • Identify potential triggers and actions with regard to the safety of a reservoir
  • Write an on-site plan that accords with good practice
  • Input into off-site plans
  • Estimate existing and required drawdown capacity of a reservoir
  • Interpret reservoir flood maps
  • Review and update existing on-site plans
  • Plan a table-top and an on-site exercise of a flood plan for a reservoir
  • Be able to undertake a debrief and prepare a post-test report of a flood plan

The course is delivered in a virtual and physical classroom environment in 3 sessions over a one-week period. This enriches the learning process and helps in fitting the training around busy schedules:

  • Session 1 (virtual delivery – 4 hours) – need, content and developing on-site plans
  • Session 2 (virtual delivery – 5 hours) – testing of on-site plans

A series of workbooks and spreadsheet toolkits are provided (together with worked solutions) to help embed the learning. Session 2 will be based on an example reservoir and plan and involve team working in applying the learning to real-life scenarios.

Emily Christopherson  BSc(Hons) MSc MEPS

Emily is a member of JBA’s Resilience Team. She has an MSc in Sustainable Water Management and is a member of the Emergency Planning Society (EPS) and is the EPS’ Professional Working Group. She has undertaken research how the Elan Valley reservoirs will be impacted by climate change and how the services provided by the reservoirs (water supply, flood mitigation, hydropower production) are traded-off to improve resilience).

She has extensive experience of developing on-site emergency plans for dam and reservoir incidents in all the UK Nations. Emily also develops incident management training and exercise materials for category 1 responders, including the Environment Agency. She delivers the Emergency Event Response Module on Lancaster University’s MSc Flood and Erosion Risk Management Course.


Jeremy is a leading expert in hydrology and hydraulics with over 35 years’ experience gained from dam and reservoir projects in the UK, Ireland, Vietnam, Laos, Australia, Sri Lanka and India. He is a member of the UK Reservoir Supervising Engineers Panel.

He is extensive experienced in undertaking reservoir drawdown assessments and preparing pumping plans for reservoirs and lakes.

He has worked on projects ranging from new dam design to increasing existing spillway capacity and portfolio risk assessments. He was a technical lead in the reservoir flood mapping in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland and is very familiar with the guidance for assessing.

Our next Reservoir Emergency Planning course will be delivered on the following dates. The fee for the full course is £600 + VAT per person.

  • Virtual learning                            23rd & 24th May 2022

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If you would like to discuss our training please contact Katy Tunney.

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