NFPA 1600, the Updated 2019 Edition

This is still an excellent standard to use to measure your program against.

by Eric Holdeman / October 15, 2019

The National Fire Protection Association published NFPA 1600 Emergency and Crisis Management, an excellent standard for emergency managers to follow. What I like about it is that updates to the standard are done on a regular basis.

See this quick article NFPA 1600 2019 Edition: A Resource for Every Practitioner’s and Auditor’s Toolbox. A few highlights on what is in the new edition are called out below:

What’s New in the 2019 Edition

With the increased emphasis on “crisis” management over the past three editions, the title now includes crisis management, and a new section “crisis management” has been added to chapter 6, “Implementation.” This section defines a “crisis management capability,” with senior leadership involvement, signals detection, identification of issues, strategy development, and more.

Another notable change is the addition of a new chapter 7, “Execution.” It defines what should be obvious but is often overlooked. Incident recognition, reporting and notification, activation and planning, incident management, documentation, and resource management are included in this new chapter. The chapter extracts the important elements of alerting, notification, and warning with activation of an incident management system.

The annexes, which are a treasure trove of valuable information, continue to expand. Annex J, “Social Media in Emergency Management” has been added. When an incident occurs, social media is alive before emergency, continuity, and crisis management responders are fully engaged. Therefore, integrating social media into all program activities—from preparedness for a forecast event to communicating with stakeholders regarding continuity and recovery information after—is a must.

Other new annexes include Annex K Emergency Communications: Public Alerts and Warnings in Disaster Response and Annex L Emergency Management, Continuity, and Crisis Management Data Interoperability.

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