As threat of COVID-19 continues to expand globally, NFPA offers information and resources to help emergency responders, healthcare facilities, and AHJs mitigate its impact and help protect their communities

March 26, 2020 – As recent reports indicate a rapid expansion of COVID-19 around the globe, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is committed to providing the information and resources emergency responders, healthcare facilities, authorities having jurisdiction (AHJ), and others need as they work to minimize the virus’s spread and mitigate its impact.

“There has never been a more critical time to work together to safeguard lives from this public health crisis,” said James Pauley, president and CEO of NFPA. “Regardless of whether COVID-19 has already hit a particular community, its continued threat reinforces the critical importance of communities evaluating their readiness and putting a fully-constructed plan in place.”

The following NFPA codes and standards support these efforts, addressing measures related to prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery:

NFPA provides free access to view its codes and standards at

“As groups and organizations proactively work to help slow the spread and reduce the impacts of coronavirus in their communities, we encourage them to access the critical provisions found in our documents,” said Pauley. “As the uncertainty and concerns around COVID-19 evolve, NFPA remains committed to being as responsive to the issue as possible, and to providing appropriate, timely information and resources as needed.”

Additional information and resources on this subject can be found at a dedicated page on the NFPA website.

For this release and other announcements about NFPA initiatives, research, and resources, please visit the NFPA press room.

As we navigate the evolving situation with COVID-19, we remain committed to supporting you with the resources you need to minimize risk and help prevent loss, injuries, and death from fire, electrical, and other hazards.

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