NFPA standard recommended to 9-11 Commission for use as the national preparedness standard

Published on April 30, 2004

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April 30, 2004—The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) yesterday recommended to the 9-11 Commission that a National Fire Protection Association standard, NFPA 1600 Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs, be recognized as the national preparedness standard.

 NFPA 1600, establishes a common set of criteria for disaster management, emergency management and business continuity programs. In addition, it identifies methodologies for exercising those plans and provides a listing of resource organizations within the fields of disaster recovery, emergency management and business continuity planning.

The recommendation, presented by ANSI President and CEO Dr. Mark W. Hurwitz, on behalf of ANSI's Homeland Security Standards Panel at a reception in Falls Church, Va., will be considered by the Commission as it readies its final report to the President and Congress, expected sometime this summer.

"NFPA is pleased that the Homeland Security Standards Panel of ANSI is making this recommendation to the Commission," said James M. Shannon, president and CEO of NFPA. "We know that 1600 will provide much guidance to businesses and jurisdictions that seek to protect and assist their employees and residents should a disaster occur."

The 9-11 Commission, also known as the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, is an independent, bipartisan panel, created by Congress in late 2002, and is charged with preparing a full account of the circumstances surrounding the 9-11 terrorist attacks, including recommendations designed to guard against future attacks.

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