NFPA 1600®: Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs

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Protect public safety during a crisis with the important best practices in the 2013 NFPA 1600®.*

The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (the 9/11 Commission), recognized NFPA 1600: Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs as our National Preparedness Standard. Widely used by public, not-for-profit, nongovernmental, and private entities on a local, regional, national, international and global basis, NFPA 1600 has been adopted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as a voluntary consensus standard for emergency preparedness.

The 2013 edition of NFPA 1600 includes:

  • A new chapter on Training and Education
  • An updated crosswalk between the Standard and DRII Professional Practices was created as a new Annex.
  • New Annexes have been developed to specifically address issues within the field of emergency management and business continuity, including a new Annex for allowing NFPA 1600 to be used as a Management System Standard.
  • Reorganized information makes the document easier to reference and use.

NFPA 1600 is critical for emergency management officials, in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors, and professionals charged with business continuity. (Softbound, 58 pp., 2013)


*The 2007 and 2010 editions of NFPA 1600 have been designated by DHS, to be used by accredited 3rd parties, to evaluate and certify compliance of entities under its Private Sector Preparedness (PS Prep) Program.

NFPA 1600® Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs 2013 Edition

Chapter 1 Administration
1.1 Scope
1.2 Purpose
1.3 Application
Chapter 2 Referenced Publications
2.1 General
2.2 NFPA Publications
2.3 Other Publications
2.4 References for Extracts in Mandatory Sections
Chapter 3 Definitions
3.1 General
3.2 NFPA Official Definitions
3.3 General Definitions
Chapter 4 Program Management
4.1 Leadership and Commitment
4.2 Program Coordinator
4.3 Program Committee
4.4 Program Administration
4.5 Laws and Authorities
4.6 Finance and Administration
4.7 Records Management
Chapter 5 Planning
5.1 Planning and Design Process
5.2 Risk Assessment
5.3 Business Impact Analysis
5.4 Resource Needs Assessment
5.5 Performance Objectives
Chapter 6 Implementation
6.1 Common Plan Requirements
6.2 Prevention
6.3 Mitigation
6.4 Crisis Communications and Public Information
6.5 Warning, Notifications, and Communications
6.6 Operational Procedures
6.7 Incident Management
6.8 Emergency Operations/Response Plan
6.9 Business Continuity and Recovery
6.10 Employee Assistance and Support
Chapter 7 Training and Education
7.1 Curriculum
7.2 Goal of Curriculum
7.3 Scope and Frequency of Instruction
7.4 Incident Management System Training
7.5 Recordkeeping
7.6 Regulatory and Program Requirements
7.7 Public Education
Chapter 8 Exercises and Tests
8.1 Program Evaluation
8.2 Exercise and Test Methodology
8.3 Design of Exercises and Tests
8.4 Exercise and Test Evaluation
8.5 Frequency
Chapter 9 Program Maintenance and Improvement
9.1 Program Reviews
9.2 Corrective Action
9.3 Continuous Improvement
Annex A Explanatory Material
Annex B Program Development Resources
Annex C Self-Assessment for Conformity with NFPA 1600, 2013 Edition
Annex D Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) Cycle
Annex E Crosswalk Between NFPA 1600, DRII, and CSA Z1600
Annex F NFPA 1600 2013 Edition as a Management System Standard
Annex G Maturity Models
Annex H APELL
Annex I Family Preparedness
Annex J Informational References
Index