Guidance Document for Incorporating Resiliency Concepts into NFPA Codes and Standards

NFPA’s codes and standards address the full spectrum of preparedness, from built-in resiliency in structures and systems, to emergency planning and response. In an effort to assess and further define NFPA’s position in the realm of resiliency, the Foundation published a report entitled Disaster Resiliency and NFPA Codes and Standards with the purpose to identify those provisions in NFPA codes and standards that embody the concepts of resiliency. Additionally, the project developed an NFPA-centric definition of resiliency and compiled available information to serve as a technical reference for the codes and standards, identifying key gaps in knowledge. Included in the recommendations of the report for future work on resiliency was the development of a guidance document on the incorporation of resiliency concepts into NFPA codes and standards. The Foundation has previously completed a guidance document on incorporating risk concepts entitled Guidance Document for Incorporating Risk Concepts into NFPA Codes and Standards, which can serve as a model.

Research Goal: The purpose of this project is to develop guidance for the incorporation of resiliency concepts into existing NFPA codes and standards, including an explanation of the role of codes and standards in the promotion of community disaster resiliency, the creation of an NFPA glossary of terms for consistent application, and a framework for the consideration of non-fire events.

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