Research

Disaster Resiliency and NFPA Codes and Standards

In the aftermath of recent events with major impacts on the built environment, such as Hurricane Sandy, the building and emergency response communities are reassessing their future preparedness. The DHS National Infrastructure Protection Plan[1] defines resilience as “the ability to prepare for and adapt to changing conditions and withstand and recover rapidly from disruptions... [it] includes the ability to withstand and recover from deliberate attacks, accidents, or naturally occurring threats or incidents.” NFPA’s codes and standards address the full spectrum of preparedness, from built-in resiliency in structures and systems, to emergency planning and response.

The purpose of this project is to identify those provisions in NFPA codes and standards that embody the concepts of resiliency and compile available information to serve as a technical reference for those documents, identifying key gaps in knowledge.

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