Severe weather has shown just how much communities need to work together to plan and prepare before a disaster strikes. It’s just as important to collaborate during and after a weather event to get operations back to normal as quickly as possible.
Whether you’re a building owner, facility manager, electrical professional, first responder, policymaker, or other specialist tasked with protecting people and property from fire, electrical and other related hazards, your role in helping keep citizens safe is a vital one. Learn what steps you can take before the next emergency threatens your area.
The following NFPA codes and standards, available in English and Spanish, apply to emergency preparedness topics:
- NFPA 70B, Recommended Practice for Electrical Equipment Maintenance. NFPA 70B details preventive maintenance for electrical, electronic, and communication systems and equipment -- such as those used in industrial plants, institutional and commercial buildings, and large multi-family residential complexes -- to prevent equipment failures and worker injuries.
- NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®. NFPA 101 is the most widely used source for strategies to protect people based on building construction, protection, and occupancy features that minimize the effects of fire and related hazards. Unique in the field, it is the only document that covers life safety in both new and existing structures
- NFPA 110, Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems. Provide backup power systems users can trust and help protect people and property by using the updated requirements in NFPA 110.
- NFPA 400, Hazardous Materials Code. NFPA 400 consolidates fundamental safeguards for the storage, use, and handling of hazardous materials in all occupancies and facilities. The Code does not apply to storage or use of hazardous materials for individual use on the premises of one- and two-family dwellings.
- NFPA 472, Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents. NFPA 472 identifies the minimum levels of competence required by responders to emergencies involving hazardous materials/weapons of mass destruction (WMD).
- NFPA 1600, Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity/Continuity of Operations Programs. NFPA 1600 is widely used by public, non-profit, nongovernmental, and private entities on a local, regional, national, international and global basis
From NFPA Journal®
- Storm Season
NFPA, hurricanes and the efforts to build stronger, more resilient communities, November/December 2017