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Today we update our scan of best practice literature for disaster avoidance, disaster management and disaster recovery.   We side-step the over-arching topic of the COVID-19 disaster because leading practice discovery and promulgation is well covered elsewhere in real time.

Disaster is Big Business in the education industry and others.   The US Economic Development Administration tracks its growth (CLICK HERE).

The disaster “domain” is characterized by niche vertical incumbents that have secured a silo of stakeholders that support a business model that has generally proven successful.

You cannot avoid many disasters but you can prepare for them.

We start with consensus products of ANSI-accredited standards setting organizations and, time-permitting will review the current state of legislative proposals which fill the risk exposure gaps that standard setting organizations cannot.

A small sample of the less familiar standards setting organizations in the disaster domain are listed below:

APCO International

ARMA International

Disaster Recovery Institute International

Emergency Management Accreditation Program

FM Global

Infrastructure Security Partnership

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification

National Air Duct Cleaners Association

National Disaster Preparedness Consortium

…as well as the familiar incumbents — NFPA, IEEE, ICC, etc.  All of the foregoing non-profits have extensive disaster bibliographies.

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Standing Agenda / Disaster

Readings / Emergency Telecommunication Plans

“View of Lake Geneva” (Before 1881)



International Telecommunications Union / Geneva, Switzerland


ITU Emergency Telecommunications

Security and Resilience

“Breakfast Under the Big Birch Tree” | Carl Larsson (1896)

We follow the development of public policy documents produced by International Organization for Standardization technical committee 292 (ISO TC/292) because the concepts emerging from these committees for at least two main reasons:

a) find their way into the assumed vocabulary of government security management regulations

b) as an global industry, the education industry should contribute to a common vocabulary for resilience concepts as a matter of collegiality and respect for global collaborators.

Admittedly, the time frame in which the blue sky conceptions of global committees become tangible to campus communities usually spans well beyond the tenure of most college and university presidents; much less the business leaders in the education industry who would be on the front line of assuring campus security.

From what we gather, the work products of TC/292 committees seem to tip-toe around the products of other ISO committees.   The Business Plan — linked below — is a starting point for understanding why an international industry, with scholars collaborating with one another from all points of the globe, needs to understand where this standard is headed:

STRATEGIC BUSINESS PLAN: ISO/TC 292 Security and resilience

From the TC/292 Mission Statement:

The mission for ISO/TC 292 Security and resilience is to produce high quality standards to support nations, societies, industry, organisations and people in general. The purpose of these standards is to enhance and sustain the state of being free from danger or threat and to feel safe, stable, and free from fear or anxiety.

There are enough “trigger words” in this statement for the US education industry to pay attention.   Based upon our experience the substance of standard will begin showing up in bibliographies of academic research papers first; then showing up in international studies course curricula, and ultimately in consensus documents setting the standard of care for strategies and management of security “systems”.   We hazard a guess that it will take 6 to 12 years for this document to begin affecting security management decisions on college and university campuses; primarily in ANSI accredited safety standards — soon enough for a deep cycle industry.

The American National Standards Institute is the US Member Body to the ISO.   The Swedish Standards Institute (SIS) is the global Secretariat.  Recently ASIS International relinquished its position as the US TAG Administrator.   The North American Security Products Organization (NASPO) has replaced ASIS International as the US TAG Administrator.  The landing page for news on  NASPO consensus products is linked below:

Standards Development

Any stakeholder — and we mean either an academic or business user-interest from a school district, college or university — within the United States should communicate directly with NASPO.  We will not be participating in the development of this product but we will maintain it on the standing agendas of our monthly Public Safety. Risk Management and International standards teleconferences.  See our CALENDAR for the next online meeting; open to everyone.

Issue: [16-128]

Category: Security, Risk, Global

Contact: Mike Anthony, Christine Fischer



Standards Support Natural Disaster Preparedness and Recovery as Hurricane Dorian Moves from the Bahamas to Florida

ARCHIVE: ISO 292 Resilience

Outdoor Power Equipment

Dufferin-Peel Catholic District Schools

The appearance of lawns and gardens contributes mightily to pleasant campus atmospherics that, in turn, supports the educational mission, philanthropic goals and brand identity.  Playgrounds provide the opportunity for children to practice skills that will ultimately play a role in adult competencies such as the ability to collaborate with others, develop decision making skills, and successfully take on leadership roles, persevere in the face of distractions, and generate creative ideas.   Many colleges and universities have botanical gardens that are open for instruction and public enjoyment.

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) is one of the first names in standards setting in this domain.  The landing page for its standards-setting enterprise is linked below:

OPEI Standards Listing

Note that OPEI develops its suite according to the ANSI/NIST-ITL Canvass Method.*

OPEI has released the following title for public consultation:

OPEI B175.5 Standard) for Outdoor Power Edgers – Consultation Closes 4 December 2020

Comments are due December 4th.

We encourage our colleagues in exterior grounds and landscaping units to participate directly as a User interest in the OPEI standards development process.   OPEI Standards Staff Contacts are listed on the OPEI Standards landing page.  Start with Greg Knott (gknott@opei.org)

Noteworthy: OPEI is also ANSI’s US Technical Advisory Group administrator and the Global Secretariat for ISO TC/23 Tractors and machinery for agriculture and forestry.  This makes sense since the machinery manufacturing has long since been a global industry.  The landing page for that committee is linked below:

ISO/TC 23/SC 13 Powered lawn and garden equipment

We maintain OPEI titles on the standing agenda of our Sport and Bucolia colloquia.   See our CALENDAR for the next online meeting; open to everyone.

Issue: [18-155]

Category: Bucolia, Landscaping & Exterior, Sport

Colleagues: Mike Anthony, Richard Robben, Jack Janveja


OPEI Procedures – February 2019 CLEAN ANSI Approved 190510

Workspace / OPEI



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