6. NFPA 1600 – 2016 Edition

It’s been a few years since we talked about the National Fire Protection Association, or NFPA.  One of the major activities of the NFPA is the production and updating of national standards for many aspects of firefighting and emergency response.  The standard for tonight is the 2016 Edition of NFPA 1600 – the Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity/Continuity of Operations Programs.

This standard began in 1995 as the Recommended Practice for Disaster Management.  It was primarily intended for use by government emergency management activities.  Over the years its mission and title expanded to include business disaster recovery and other activities.  In addition to NFPA, Association of Contingency Planners (ACP), Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRII), International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) and U.S. Department of Homeland Security seals of approval all appear on the cover of this 2016 Edition.

Interested users may obtain a free PDF copy of NFPA 1600, 2016 Edition by registering on their website and placing an order just as if you were purchasing an item from them.  You may not share your copy with others without written permission from NFPA.  Go to http://catalog.nfpa.org/  and click My Profile to create one.  Then go to: http://catalog.nfpa.org/Standard-on-DisasterEmergency-Management-and-Business-ContinuityContinuity-of-Operations-Programs-2016-Edition-P1438.aspx  to order your copy.

By the way, there is a similar international standard, ISO 22320, Societal security – Emergency management – Requirements for incident response, 2012.  We will not be reviewing this document because it is obscenely expensive to obtain at roughly $5 per page!  And as we all know – I’m cheap!