2020 NFPA 1616 Standard - Current Edition
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  • Description

    Be sure you have the knowledge and support to help save lives and minimize loss in mass evacuation, sheltering, and re-entry operations.

    An emergency or natural disaster can happen at a moment's notice and bring unavoidable damage and destruction to your community. NFPA® 1616, Standard on Mass Evacuation, Sheltering, and Re-entry Programs, 2020 edition, offers criteria for developing, organizing, planning, implementing, executing, and evaluating these vital components of an effective incident management plan.

    The standard provides comprehensive requirements for mass evacuation, sheltering, and re-entry in the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) format to allow for the ongoing evolution and enhancement of the plan. Content covers management, training, and education; methodology, design, and evaluation exercises; and program review, corrective actions, and continuous improvement.

    Informative Annexes offer supportive information on:

    • Risk management
    • Mass evacuation, sheltering, and re-entry requirements
    • Social media support
    • Emergency communications
    • Explanatory materials, acronyms, references, and more

    Get current with requirements for planning and preparing for mass evacuation, sheltering, and re-entry with NFPA 1616, 2020 edition.

    The Standard on Mass Evacuation, Sheltering, and Re-entry Programs offers a scalable and integrated approach to emergency readiness. The 2020 edition of NFPA 1616 marks the second edition of the standard and the first to receive a full review and revision.

    Significant changes include:

    • Revision of the application of the standard to align with changes in the 2019 edition of NFPA 1600, Standard on Continuity, Emergency, and Crisis Management, centered on all hazards and crisis management
    • Clarification of the use of the standard for non-profit and non-government entities
    • Update and alignment with more appropriate terms such as "persons with disabilities"
    • Addition of requirements in relation to Chapter 6 implementation

    NFPA 1616, Standard on Mass Evacuation, Sheltering, and Re-entry Programs, is an essential document for mitigating the impacts of an emergency.

    Be proactive in public safety by complying with NFPA 1616, Standard on Mass Evacuation, Sheltering, and Re-entry Programs, 2020 edition. Help protect lives in your community by ordering your copy today.

  • Table of Contents (2020 Current Edition)

    NFPA® 1616 Standard on Mass Evacuation, Sheltering, and Re-entry Programs, 2020 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. (Reserved)
    Chapter 3 Definitions
    3.1 General.
    3.2 NFPA Official Definitions.
    3.3 General Definitions.
    Chapter 4 Mass Evacuation, Sheltering, and Re-entry Program Management
    4.1 Leadership and Commitment.
    4.2 Program Coordinator.
    4.3 Program Working Group.
    4.4 Program Administration.
    4.5 Performance Objectives.
    4.6 Records Management.
    4.7 Laws and Authorities.
    4.8 Finance and Administration.
    Chapter 5 Planning
    5.1 Plan Requirements.
    5.2 Plan Assumptions.
    5.3 Plan Format.
    5.4 Planning Process.
    5.5 Threat, Hazard Identification, and Risk Assessment.
    5.6 Requirements Analysis.
    5.7 Resource Needs Assessment.
    5.8 Communications and Public Information.
    5.9 Warning, Notifications, and Communications.
    5.10 Operational Procedure Planning.
    Chapter 6 Implementation
    6.1 Incident Recognition.
    6.2 Situational Assessments.
    6.3 Notifications and Activation.
    6.4 Mobilization.
    6.5 Evacuation Operations.
    6.6 Sheltering Operations.
    6.7 Transition to Interim and Recovery Housing.
    6.8 Transition to Re-entry.
    Chapter 7 Training and Education
    7.1 Curriculum.
    7.2 Goals of the Curriculum.
    7.3 Scope and Frequency of Instruction.
    7.4 Record Keeping.
    7.5 Regulatory and Program Requirements.
    7.6 Public Education.
    7.7 Training Delivery.
    Chapter 8 Exercises
    8.1 Program Evaluation.
    8.2 Exercise Methodology.
    8.3 Design of Exercises.
    8.4 Exercise Evaluation.
    8.5 Frequency.
    Chapter 9 Program Maintenance and Improvement
    9.1 Program Reviews.
    9.2 Corrective Actions.
    9.3 Continuous Improvement.
    Annex A Explanatory Material
    Annex B Self-Assessment for Conformity with NFPA 1616
    Annex C Risk Management of Mass Evacuation, Sheltering, and Re-entry
    Annex D Mass Evacuation Requirements Analysis
    Annex E Sheltering Requirements Analysis
    Annex F Re-entry Requirements Analysis
    Annex G Persons With Disabilities and Other Access and Functional Needs
    Annex H Animals
    Annex I Mandatory Evacuation
    Annex J Emergency Communication: Public Alerts and Warnings
    Annex K Social Media Support
    Annex L Just-in-Time Training Support
    Annex M Mass Evacuation, Sheltering, and Re-entry Data Interoperability
    Annex N List of Acronyms
    Annex O Informational References
  • Prior Editions

    2017 Edition

    Based on NFPA 1600, all-new NFPA 1616, Standard on Mass Evacuation, Sheltering, and Re-entry Programs provides requirements and resources for disaster planning and preparedness.

    Essential for shelter managers, emergency managers, and other community officials charged with developing and implementing emergency management plans, NFPA 1616, Standard on Mass Evacuation, Sheltering, and Re-entry Programs establishes a common set of criteria for the process of organizing, planning, implementing, and evaluating a program for mass evacuation, sheltering, and re-entry. The program is scalable to meet the needs of evacuation sheltering and re-entry.

    Written in a Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) format to aid in continuous improvement of the plan, NFPA 1616 includes separate chapters on:

    • Mass evacuation, sheltering, and re-entry program management
    • Planning
    • Implementation
    • Training and education
    • Exercises
    • Program maintenance and improvement

    Annexes address issues central to preparedness, making this first-edition Standard a rich resource.

    Informative annexes in NFPA 1616 address issues of concern for officials and communities, including risk management; analyses for mass evacuation, sheltering, and re-entry requirements; issues to consider to protect people with disabilities and other access and functional needs; mandatory evacuation; emergency communications; social media support; and more. (86 pp., 2017)

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