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    The 2019 edition of NFPA 1600 will help you improve the odds for your community or organization in the face of a crisis. Learn what you need to know about disaster prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response, continuity, and recovery.

    A new requirement to establish and maintain crisis management capabilities heads the list of major changes in the 2019 edition of NFPA 1600®, Standard on Continuity, Emergency, and Crisis Management. This standard is dedicated to helping users prepare for any type of crisis or disaster -- resulting from natural, human, or technological events. Widely used by public, non-profit, nongovernmental, and private entities on a local, regional, national, international, and global basis, NFPA 1600 continues to evolve as a vital standard for the development, implementation, assessment, and maintenance of disaster/emergency management and continuity of operations programs.

    The standard was adopted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as a voluntary consensus standard for emergency preparedness, and the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (the 9/11 Commission) recognized NFPA 1600 as our National Preparedness Standard.*

    Significant revisions in the 2019 edition reflect the needs of all types of companies and organizations today.

    • The standard is reorganized for better alignment with the PDCA (plan-do-check-act) model or Deming Cycle.
    • New requirements to establish and maintain crisis management capabilities include critical details regarding assigned responsibilities and processes.
    • All-new Annex L on data interoperability for emergency management, continuity, and crisis management provides criteria for assessing your organization's needs and capabilities, to help you develop plans to fill any gaps.
    • Numerous updated crosswalks and annexes reflect changes to the main body of the standard, for easier navigation and application.

    Get the most advanced tools and strategies for disaster prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response, continuity, and recovery.

    Update to the latest edition of NFPA 1600 and stay up to code with this critical source for emergency management officials in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. (Print, 97 pp., 2019)

    *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.

     

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  • Table of Contents (2019 Current Edition)

    NFPA 1600® Standard on Continuity, Emergency, and Crisis Management, 2019 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 Performance Objectives.
    4.4 Program Committee.
    4.5 Program Administration.
    4.6 Laws and Authorities.
    4.7 Finance and Administration.
    4.8 Records Management.
    Chapter 5 Planning
    5.1 Planning and Design Process.
    5.2 Risk Assessment.
    5.3 Business Impact Analysis (BIA).
    5.4 Resource Needs Assessment.
    Chapter 6 Implementation
    6.1 Common Plan Requirements.
    6.2 Prevention.
    6.3 Mitigation.
    6.4 Crisis Management.
    6.5 Crisis Communications and Public Information.
    6.6 Warning, Notifications, and Communications.
    6.7 Operational Procedures.
    6.8 Incident Management.
    6.9 Emergency Operations/Response Plan.
    6.10 Continuity and Recovery.
    6.11 Employee Assistance and Support.
    Chapter 7 Execution
    7.1 Incident Recognition.
    7.2 Initial Reporting/Notification.
    7.3 Plan Activation and Incident Action Plan.
    7.4 Activate Incident Management System.
    7.5 Ongoing Incident Management and Communications.
    7.6 Documenting Incident Information, Decisions, and Actions.
    7.7 Incident Stabilization.
    7.8 Demobilize Resources and Termination.
    Chapter 8 Training and Education
    8.1 Curriculum.
    8.2 Goal of Curriculum.
    8.3 Scope and Frequency of Instruction.
    8.4 Incident Management System Training.
    8.5 Recordkeeping.
    8.6 Regulatory and Program Requirements.
    8.7 Public Education.
    Chapter 9 Exercises and Tests
    9.1 Program Evaluation.
    9.2 Exercise and Test Methodology.
    9.3 Design of Exercises and Tests.
    9.4 Exercise and Test Evaluation.
    9.5 Frequency.
    Chapter 10 Program Maintenance and Improvement
    10.1 Program Reviews.
    10.2 Corrective Action.
    10.3 Continuous Improvement.
    Annex A Explanatory Material
    Annex B Self-Assessment for Conformity with NFPA 1600, 2019 Edition
    Annex C Small Business Preparedness Guide
    Annex D Crosswalk Between NFPA 1600 and DRII Professional Practices, CSA Z1600, and Federal Continuity Directive 1 & 2
    Annex E NFPA 1600, 2019 Edition, as an MSS
    Annex F Maturity Models
    Annex G APELL
    Annex H Personal and/or Family Preparedness
    Annex I Access and Functional Needs
    Annex J Social Media in Emergency Management
    Annex K Emergency Communications: Public Alerts and Warnings in Disaster Response
    Annex L Emergency Management, Continuity, and Crisis Management Data Interoperability
    Annex M Informational References
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    • A handbook is a connector—linking requirements to application by helping you understand the reasoning behind a code or standard

    The simplest way to think about it is that codes and standards list the technical requirements while handbooks explain those requirements to clarify how to apply them.

  • Prior Editions

    2016 Edition

    Update your knowledge about disaster prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response, continuity, and recovery with NFPA 1600®.

    Be prepared for any type of crisis or disaster -- resulting from natural, human, or technological events -- with NFPA 1600, Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity/Continuity of Operations Programs. Widely used by public, non-profit, nongovernmental, and private entities on a local, regional, national, international and global basis, NFPA 1600 continues to evolve as a vital guide for the development, implementation, assessment, and maintenance of disaster/emergency management and continuity of operations programs.

    The Standard was adopted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as a voluntary consensus standard for emergency preparedness, and the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (the 9/11 Commission) recognized NFPA 1600 as our National Preparedness Standard.*

    Protect public safety and your business. Get criteria for prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response, continuity, and recovery.

    • Changes throughout the 2016 edition reflect the Standard's new title, which was made to emphasize its broad applicability in all types of companies and organizations.
    • Specific hazards -- geological, meteorological, biological, accidental human-caused, intentional human-caused, and technological -- are clarified to assist evaluation during the risk assessment required in Chapter 5: Planning.
    • New sections on Continuity and Recovery in Chapter 6: Implementation expand information and make it easier to apply.
    • A new self-assessment tool in Annex B helps you determine your level of compliance and target areas for improvement.
    • New Annex J: Access and Functional Needs discusses the important roles each segment of a community has to assist people with disabilities.
    • Other changes include a revised Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) Cycle in Annex D; added crosswalk tables in Annex E; and major updates to Annex F: NFPA 1600, 2016 Edition as a Management System Standard (MSS).

    Stay up-to-code. NFPA 1600 is a critical source for emergency management officials in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. (Softbound, 72 pp., 2016)

    *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.

     

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    • Self-Assessment Tool for Conformity with the 2016 Edition of NFPA 1600
    • Small Business Preparedness Guide
  • Also in NFPA 1600: Standard on Continuity, Emergency, and Crisis Management