We have advocated education community risk management concepts since 2007; primarily in NFPA Standard 1600 — Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity/Continuity of Operations Programs. The content of this title is close-coupled with FEMA’s National Incident Management System.
Recently the National Fire Protection Association Standards Council moved to consolidate its community risk management titles as described below.
“NFPA 1660 is in a custom cycle 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, NFPA 1660 (combining Standards NFPA 1600, NFPA 1616, and NFPA 1620) is open for public input with a closing date of November 13, 2020.”
Thus, NFPA 1600 is being sunsetted as a separate consensus product, its substance rolled into the new NFPA 1660. Two links below provide a sense of the back-and-forth in the technical committee meetings:
Discussion about school and university security are noteworthy.
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. The title suggests that NFPA 1660 is being developed to meet market need for conformance and teaching tools.
Public input is due November 19th. You may submit public input directly to NFPA by CLICKING HERE.
We maintain all NFPA risk-related consensus products on our periodic Security and Risk teleconferences during which time our thoughts on the economic burden of the expanding constellation of risk management standards will be known. Thoughts that we are reluctant to write. 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