NFPA has been involved in planning for, response to, and mitigation of weapons of mass destruction incidents since the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993. After the Oklahoma City bombing, and reinforced by the events of September 11, first responders have looked to NFPA for information on planning, response, protecting first responders, and building and life safety codes and standards.

“Many of the areas in which NFPA has been involved with historically have become more important to the country since September 11,” says NFPA President James M. Shannon. “Things like firefighter safety, and making sure that first responders have adequate training and clothing and equipment to deal with any emergency, whether it be a haz-mat emergency or a radiological attack or a even traditional sorts of emergencies that they respond day in and day out, things like fires. But I think that there’s been a lot more awareness across the country among the first responder community about the need to be prepared for these extraordinary events.“

NFPA 1600, Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs, one of NFPA’s most widely implemented standards, establishes a common set of criteria that sets a foundation for disaster management, emergency management, and business continuity programs using a total program approach. More about NFPA 1600; free online access.

Free download: All visitors may download a free PDF version of NFPA 1600 (2013, 2010, and 2007 editions) by visiting NFPA's Online Catalog. Simply choose the edition you want to download, add it to your cart, and proceed through the regular check-out process. 

See a full list of NFPA products that deal with Homeland Security issues.

Needs assessment

NFPA has conducted a series of national surveys (2011, 2007, and 2004) to identify the needs of the fire service for resources required to safely and effectively carry out their responsibilities. The surveys indicated the resources fire departments had, while NFPA codes and standards and other national guidance documents defined the requirements. The gaps between resources in hand and resources required defined the needs.

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