NFPA Standard 1600 — Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity/Continuity of Operations Programs — is in its 2022 revision cycle and is close-coupled with FEMA’s National Incident Management System. As described on its title page, this product will be reconfigured as NFPA 1660 Standard on Community Risk Assessment, Pre-Incident Planning, Mass Evacuation, Sheltering, and Re-entry Programs. For the moment, we continue to approach the substance of the forthcoming product as MFPA 1600 until the public input report is released; when we can see how the product is organized.
The original University of Michigan standards advocacy enterprise began advocating user-interest concepts for the US education facility industry in 2007 and achieved some changes that were useful to that industry in the 2010 revision. The reconstructed enterprise (see ABOUT) now resumes its attention to NFPA 1600 as the development of asset management standards for non-normal enterprise operations gathers pace globally.
From the NFPA 1600 prospectus:
This standard shall establish a common set of criteria for all hazards disaster/emergency management and business continuity programs, hereinafter referred to as “the program. The Emergency Management and Business Continuity community comprises many different entities, including the government at distinct levels (e.g., federal, state/provincial, territorial, tribal, indigenous, and local levels); commercial business and industry; not-for-profit and nongovernmental organizations; and individual citizens. Each of these entities has its own focus, unique mission and responsibilities, varied resources and capabilities, and operating principles and procedures.
Related document — NFPA 1620 Standard for Pre-Incident Planning — is, remarkably, on a different developmental timetable. Its Second Draft will be posted for public comment on or before August 1, 2019. We will be following that.
It is noteworthy that the NFPA 1620 technical committee is composed almost entirely by insurance and enforcement interests–fairly common across the entire sweep of American national standards that deal with public safety–but it presents a one-sided market of ideas for which the user interest pays. There are no user interests from the education industry on the technical committees of either standard; raising the likelihood of market-making by stakeholders who benefit from litigation.
That is today’s editorial on the US consensus product development system.
Owing to the demand for emergency management and incident management templates the NFPA is consolidating the content of this project into a new combined product; title to be announced sometime later this year. The announcement is reproduced below:
“This Standard is no longer accepting Public Input due to the Emergency Response and Responder Safety Document Consolidation Plan (consolidation plan) as approved by the NFPA Standards Council. As part of the consolidation plan, this Standard is slipping cycle and being combined into a new consolidated draft. Once the new draft is available and open for Public Input, this notice will be updated with a link to the applicable document information page.”
Public comment on the input received in January 2020 is due November 19th. When the public review draft is released no later than September 10th, you may submit public input directly to NFPA by CLICKING HERE.
We maintain NFPA 1600 on the standing agenda of our monthly campus Security and State Regulation teleconferences. See our CALENDAR for the next online meeting; open to everyone.
Issue: [13-58] and [18-151]
Category: Public Safety, Facility Asset Management
Colleagues: Mike Anthony, Robert G. Arno, Jim Harvey, Richard Robben
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