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The 2019 edition of the American National Standard, “NFPA 1600 Standard on Continuity, Emergency, and Crisis Management” has been published by the USA-based National Fire Protection Association. This standard, which is the most mature standard of its kind in the world, has been translated into numerous languages and adopted by numerous countries and companies in North America, South America, Asia, and the Middle East. Originally published in 1995, the 2019 edition is the 7th edition.

This important tool should be in every practitioner’s toolbox. It’s an overarching standard that defines the inter-connected elements of a preparedness program including program management, risk assessment, business impact analysis, loss prevention/hazard mitigation, emergency management, business continuity, crisis management, and crisis communications. It provides guidance for program development along with many, informative annexes. It has been designated as the criteria for program certification under PS-Prep™. NFPA 1600 is also free to download.

The technical committee that writes NFPA 1600 is comprised of subject-matter experts from the public and private sectors and representing most major industries. The standard has benefited from a revision process that has processed more than a thousand comments and proposals from end users.