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Emergency Management and Business Continuity

For the moment, our interest will be limited to understanding how or if  any of these documents will be conveyed into public safety laws in school districts and in the cities that interact with college and university public safety authorities.


Emergency Management and Business Continuity

November 14, 2018
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University of Iowa Art Campus during the Iowa Flood of 2008

NFPA Standard 1600 — Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity/Continuity of Operations Programs — is deep into its 2019 revision cycle.  The original University of Michigan standards advocacy enterprise began advocating in this document in 2007 and achieved some changes specific to the education facilities industry in the 2010 revision.[1]   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.  

From the document 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.

The Second Draft Report Posting Date is August 2nd and the public will have an opportunity to prepare an appeal — the NFPA NITMAM process — until August 30th.   All NITMAMs will be posted on October 11th.  We will cover them here if any will affect education facility disaster management.

Related document — NFPA 1620 Standard for Pre-Incident Planning — is, remarkably, on a different developmental timetable.  NFPA 1620 provides criteria for developing pre-incident plans for use by personnel responding to emergencies.  Not every portion of this standard is applicable to the development of all pre-incident plans.  The NFPA 1620 technical committee is composed almost entirely by insurance and enforcement interests.

The next revision of NFPA 1620 is the 2020 revision.  It is fair to ask why NFPA 1600 and NFPA 1620 are not developed together; given that the scope of the two documents are roughly similar.  Perhaps a suggestion to the NFPA Standards Council is in order.   That much said, comments on the 2020 revision of NFPA 1620 are due November 15th.   You may make them directly to NFPA by CLICKING HERE.

We are happy to discuss all NFPA consensus documents any day at 11 AM Eastern time.  Use the login credentials at the upper right of our home page.



A fair question to ask is: How do we make sense of the growing number of consensus documents devoted to asset management during non-normal operation?  There is also a global template for management of organizations charged with this activity being developed by ISO/TC 292 of the International Organization for Standardization.

All NFPA standards are on the standing agenda of our daily teleconferences.  We welcome case histories and war stories and will be happy to answer questions as best we can.  Anyone is welcomed to join with the login information at the top right of our home page.

Issue: [13-58] and [18-151]

Category: Public Safety, Facility Asset Management

Colleagues: Mike Anthony, Robert G. Arno, Jim Harvey, Richard Robben

[1] Link to legacy workspace

It is noteworthy that there are no technical committee members from any college, university or school district participating in NFPA 1600 development. (Link to Technical Committee roster).

[2] Related posts:

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