2016 NFPA 1600 Handbook - Current Edition
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    Authors: Brian J. O’Connor, Associate Engineer, NFPA; Dean R. Larson, PHD Larson Performance Consulting, LLC; Orlando P. Hernandez, Life Safety Coordinator, Texas Department of Public Safety -- Texas Division of Emergency Management

    Consult the new NFPA 1600® Handbook, Emergency Management and Continuity Programs for requirements and commentary that help you develop and implement your program.

    Equipped with the first edition NFPA 1600 Handbook, business continuity and emergency management officials responsible for disaster prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response, continuity, and recovery can tap into a valuable source of expert commentary related to NFPA 1600, Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity/Continuity of Operations Programs.

    A vital tool for the development, implementation, assessment, and maintenance of disaster/emergency management and continuity of operations programs, this new Handbook offers guidance, clarifies requirements, and provides valuable insights that help you prepare for specific hazards and help ensure your company or organization achieves compliance.

    The NFPA 1600 Handbook combines the full text of the standard with expert commentary. This essential companion:

    • Includes complete 2016 NFPA 1600 text, featuring new sections on Continuity and Recovery in Chapter 6: Implementation, a new self-assessment tool in Annex B, detailed information on family preparedness in Annex I, and other important changes in the standard.
    • Has a helpful list of acronyms that are commonly used in the industry and a technical/substantive changes table showing the changes to the standard from the 2013 edition to the 2016 edition.
    • Provides commentary written by experts with an in-depth knowledge of NFPA 1600.
    • Offers guidance on training, education, exercises, and tests.
    • Follows the Plan, Do, Check, Act (PDCA) model with shaded tabs to help follow along with the PDCA cycle.
    • Is also available in PDF for instant searches and interactive PDF functionality.

    The NFPA 1600 Handbook was developed by NFPA® to assist emergency management officials in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. NFPA 1600 is applicable to all types of companies and organizations and is adopted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as a voluntary consensus standard for emergency preparedness. (Print, 208 pp., 2016)

    The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (the 9/11 Commission) recognized NFPA 1600 as our National Preparedness Standard. The 2013, 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.

  • Table of Contents (2016 Current Edition)




    About the Contributors

    About the Editors

    1 Administration

    1.1 Scope

    1.2 Purpose

    1.3 Application


    2 Referenced Publications

    2.1 General

    2.2 NFPA Publications

    2.3 Other Publications

    2.4 References for Extracts in Mandatory Sections


    3 Definitions

    3.1 General

    3.2 NFPA Official Definitions

    3.3 General Definitions


    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


    5 Planning

    5.1 Planning and Design Process

    5.2 Risk Assessment

    5.3 Business Impact Analysis (BIA)

    5.4 Resource Needs Assessment

    5.5 Performance Objectives


    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 Continuity and Recovery

    6.10 Employee Assistance and Support


    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


    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


    9 Program Maintenance and Improvement

    9.1 Program Reviews

    9.2 Corrective Action

    9.3 Continuous Improvement


    Annex A Explanatory Material

    Annex B Self-Assessment for Conformity with NFPA 1600, 2016 Edition

    Annex C Small Business Preparedness Guide

    Annex D Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) Cycle

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  • Also in NFPA 1600: Standard on Continuity, Emergency, and Crisis Management